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VIDEO: WAFL highlights indigenous stars
VIDEO: WAFL highlights indigenous stars

WA football has had a strong relationship with the national NAIDOC celebrations.

And to mark the annual festivities, the WAFL has highlighted some of the great achievements of indigenous stars that have featured in the game.

But the league also wants to applaud the efforts of South Fremantle and Claremont to recognise the significance of the NAIDOC round.

Both clubs had great service from indigenous players and in 2007 they combined to mark their late-season WAFL battle with with a special NAIDOC theme.

The WAFL has produced a short video to tell the journey of how NAIDOC round came about and the history behind the concept.

NAIDOC Round at the WAFL coincides with the National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) week celebrations, which are held annually across Australia to celebrate the heritage, achievements and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

All WAFL clubs playing in the Round will wear uniforms designed to represent the heritage of the clubs and their indigenous players.

Aboriginal artist Richard Walley teamed up with the WAFL to create the majority of jumpers, while the Department of Indigenous Affairs funded their production.

NAIDOC Week 2012 will run Australia wide from July 1 to 8 and is a great opportunity for the WAFL to support indigenous football players and recognize the contributions made by their communities.

NAIDOC Round at the WAFL starts this Saturday when Swan Districts host West Perth at Steel Blue Oval and East Perth take on Subiaco at Medibank Stadium. The round continues on Sunday as East Fremantle take on Perth at East Fremantle Oval and Claremont host South Fremantle for the Jimmy Melbourne Cup.