OGM was again the major sponsor of the 5th Indian Nationals of the Australian Rules Football played in Kolkata on 16th and 17th January. AFL legend, Kevin Sheedy together with Bendigo Umpires Association officials took the Indian players through umpiring workshops and skills development sessions for the widely popular Australian sport. The event was also attended by representatives from the AFL, Essendon Football Club, AFL Multicultural Club, ABC, GWS Giants, Official Golden Square Football, Netball Club and OGM officials. 200+ players representing seven India States travelled to compete for the OGM Cup national championship. Many of the players come from underprivileged backgrounds and through this Championship get an opportunity to learn and develop a new skill. The experience is truly enriching for the young boys.
OGM has now sponsored the competition for five years. We also took the opportunity to guide the young boys on trade skill courses offered by OGM introducing them to a range of career pathways. OGM along with AFL India also plan to launch scholarship programs in the coming seasons for the participants to support them in their training and career progression.