National Indigenous Football Championships ready for take off


The 2018 National Indigenous Football Championships will be kicking off for the third successive year in South Nowra’s Sporting Complex on Thursday 1st of November as the annual tournament supported by Football NSW and run by Wreck Bay Sharks FC prepares for yet another record breaking event.

The drug and alcohol free event will feature an Open Men and Women’s competition as well as kids five-a-side matches, Football NSW and Wollongong Wolves FC clinics, a special celebrity match along with former Socceroo Jade North’s “Kickin with a Cuz” activation.

The unique three-day tournament run the in the Shoalhaven District Football Association has already exceeded the number of teams for 2018 enforcing the message that this is one of the premier Indigenous football events of the year.

The Championships will feature a fresh new face taking part in the festivities with Yirara College of the Finke River Mission ready to compete.

Yirara College is a boarding school located in Alice Springs and caters for students from remote areas coming from over 40 different Aboriginal Communities, speaking up to 30 different Indigenous languages.

The Yirara College team will be made up of students from across the Northern Territory as well as Elliott and Borroloola to Hermannsburg and Ntaria.

Yirara College coach Mark Wakeling voiced his appreciation in being part of what will be an enjoyable few days for the players.

“Yirara extends a huge thank you to the National Indigenous Football Championships and Mayor Amanda Findlay of the Shoalhaven City Council who have made our participation in the event possible.

“We would also like to thank the NCIF Committee, the Shoalhaven City Council and the Office of Senator Malarndirri McCarthy for their contributions in making this trip possible.”