In positive news for football, Griffith Districts FA have been successful in receiving a $15,606 Federal Government grant through the Building Better Regions Fund – Community Investments Stream.
As a result, GDFA will deliver a festival of Football in 2019 attracting football clubs and associations from Country NSW, Canberra, the Murray region and the Greater Sydney Metropolitan Area to participate in a Football Youth Cup for boys and girls aged from 6 to 17.
In addition, this event will be the catalyst for a targeted development program to focus on increased participation and training of girls, Indigenous & multicultural boys and girls.
GDFA’s aim is to improve the playing experience for children and grow the talent of youth football, identifying talented players for future pathway programs.
Currently, GDFA have approx 1,000 6 – 17 year old players, with less than 5% combined girl, Indigenous and multicultural group player base playing.
GDFA hope to increase female participation of football closer to the national average of 20%, plus provide opportunities for children with ethnic backgrounds to participate in sport.
Furthermore, the NSW Government 4-year ActivKids $100 rebate per child for sports, will greatly enhance participation levels.
The Youth Football Expo and ongoing development training will benefit the entire community with increased economic, social and health benefits.
This will include providing valuable social outlets, building community pride, overcoming social isolation, encouraging healthier lifestyles and promote social and cultural inclusion and improvement.
More details regarding the Youth Football Expo & Development Training will be released in the coming months.
PHOTO CAPTION: GDFA’s Adrian Fanani, Member for Farrer Susan Ley and under 12s coach Melinda Bonetti at the grant announcement. PHOTO: Anthony Stipo