Culture through Sport

Celebration of Aboriginal culture by learning and playing traditional games.

Culture Through Sport program – Stage one 

The first stage of the program targeted students in years 4 to 6 and explored a variety of Indigenous games giving participants background into each game’s country of origin, traditional playing style, and resources used for the game pre-colonisation.

This program was delivered to South Lake Primary School and East Hamilton Hill Primary School in Cockburn, Fremantle Primary School and Hiton Primary School in Fremantle and Brentwood Primary School and Caralee Primary School in Melville and reached 470 students.

Interschool carnival – Stage two

Following the in-school program, Imagined Futures supported the Stephen Michael Foundation to host a Culture Through Sport interschool carnival. On the 22nd of June 2023, 180 primary school students from six primary schools came together to participate in a large scale, fun-filled celebration of Aboriginal culture by playing traditional games at an interschool carnival to mark NAIDOC week. The carnival was held at Fremantle Oval and was an opportunity for all students, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal to learn about, and celebrate, Aboriginal culture.

Funding for the project is coming from the Fremantle Foundation, St Patrick’s Community Support Centre, Anglicare WA, Palmerston, Neami National, Strong Spirit Strong Mind, Right Track, and the City of Fremantle. The Stephen Michael Foundation, Imagined Futures support team and other partners provided in-kind project support.

  • Expanding the program and its resources, making it available to more students in currently-participating schools, as well as to new schools

  • Undertaking qualitative research to supplement the currently limited knowledge base on factors influencing disengagement from school

  • Documenting the model so that other regions can replicate the project.

Our Impact


470 children from 6 primary schools in the South West Metropolitan region participated in the Culture Through Sport program

Interschool Carnival

180 children participated in the Interschool carnival to celebrate cultures by playing traditional Aboriginal games

Celebrating Culture

Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children involved in the program were able to celebrate and learn about Aboriginal culture