The 2018 National Indigenous Football Championships held at South Nowra not only showcased some quality football on display but onlookers witnessed the first ever Indigenous Elders Walking Football exhibition match that wowed the audience.
Over 30 Indigenous Elders participated in the match and further promoted football’s ability to connect with all communities in offering various formats, such as Walking Football, that have made it accessible to all ages and abilities.
Football NSW’s Member Services Matt Rippon expressed his delight upon seeing the Walking Football phenomenon first hand at the South Nowra Complex.
“This showcase is an important step in our sport furthering our reach of participation options and a great way to engage new people to our growing football community.
“The Indigenous Elders have supported this tournament, its players and teams since its inception and are integral of this event.
“This showcase allows for their time in the spotlight to have fun with their friends and hopefully continue with the engagement of the sport for many years to come.”
The Walking Football feature also had a very familiar figure with FFA CEO David Gallop displaying his football skills with the Elders; Gallop, being an advocate of the National Indigenous Football Championships since its inception in Sydney in 2016 and along with Football NSW promoting the popularity of the new format in the area.
The Walking Football event was one of many happening around NSW during the summer months; for more information of the program and venues visit the official Summer Football/Walking Football website.