Clontarf Academy Southern Challenge

The Esperance academy won the Clontarf Southern Challenge for the first time since the annual event began in 2007.

The South East Clontarf Academy held a football and basketball carnival for Year 7 to Year 9 boys.

Operations manager Nathan Bonney said teams had travelled from as far as Albany, Kattaning and Perth to play against Esperance Senior High School students on March 7 and 8.

Mr Bonney said points were accumulated on the basketball challenge on Wednesday the 7th and the football challenge on Thursday the 8th.

“The Esperance academy has hosted the event for 11 years and this is the first time we have won,” he said.

“Esperance won for basketball and football.

“We had between 80 and 100 students involved.”

Mr Bonney said the Southern Challenge was a great way to get young Indigenous students engaged in their education.

“The aim is to get the boys to join in with the community and get them engaged in school,” he said.

“They do the right things, most of them are over 80 to 90 per cent in attendance.

“We use football and basketball as a tool because the kids love sports.”