Garnduwa program runners visit two remote communities for Making Her Mark

Cain AndrewsBroome Advertiser
The Garnduwa Making Her Mark team.
Camera IconThe Garnduwa Making Her Mark team. Credit: Supplied

A specialised training program, Making Her Mark, has returned this year, with Garnduwa Aboriginal Corporation program runners visiting two remote communities to run training sessions last week.

On September 14 the women’s only program visited the Balgo remote community and the Billiluna remote community and carried out football training and health education with participants also being treated to a free morning tea.

The Billiluna sessions were held at the local basketball courts while the Balgo training sessions were held in the Balgo Youth Shack with Making Her Mark Balgo participants also receiving a free lunch and dinner.

The Making Her Mark program was first launched in 2019, visiting 12 remote Kimberley communities with the aim of creating a safe place to yarn and listen to women in their communities about the challenges and barriers for women to participate in sport.

Garnduwa staff roll out the program to the communities which includes football drills and skills, leadership workshops and health and wellbeing training.

The feedback from participants in the program is then collected by Garnduwa and shared with local stakeholders and service providers in an effort to affect grassroots change.

With the AFLW now a permanent fixture on the football calender, women in remote communities have come together to form football teams despite a lack of resources.

Garnduwa, through the Making Her Mark program, aims to support women’s football teams in remote communities and help women’s football continue to grow across the region

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