THE Victorian Aboriginal Community Services Association Limited (VASCAL) junior football and netball program provides opportunities for all Aboriginal communities in Victoria (Vic) to participate in friendly competition in football and netball through a year­ly carnival.

The carnival provides an opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to gather and participate in friendly competition in a healthy and safe environment.  The event promotes cultural ties, family participation, healthy lifestyle and showcases unique football and netball talents.

The 2015 VACSAL State-wide Junior Football Netball Carnival was held in Ballarat September 24th & 25th, 2015. The Victorian Aboriginal Community Services Association (VACSAL) coordinates the annual event, working closely with with Netball Victoria and AFL Victoria.

The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Unit were keen to support the event believing that Health and wellbeing through sport, community connectedness and culture are integral to our people thriving.

Our students Tanika Edwards, Brandy and Taylah Cochrane represented Warma in the Under 17 Netball competition. Ably coached by our Koori Engagement Support Officer Lee Wanganeen the girls won the tournament.   Congratulations to all involved.

Janeaka Cooper represented the region in the girls AFL Football team that travel to Darwin and although did not win many games, Janeaka had a great time and is very keen to continue her involvement and development with AFL.