National Indigenous Football Championships
The National Indigenous Football Championships began in 2016 with Wreck Bay Sharks Football Club within Shoalhaven Football Association as the first national open men and women football tournament for indigenous players.
The tournament is about showcasing sporting abilities of indigenous players and to create pathway for indigenous children and youths. The tournament promotes healthy lifestyles, no alcohol or drugs, the importance of education, cultural awareness and integration of communities and respect on and off the field. Since 2016 teams from all over the country have travelled to compete in the championships.
Each year the tournament kicks off with a massive MiniRoos Skills Session with Football NSW Development Officers to pave the pathway for juniors to seniors to play football.
Football NSW proudly supports the National Indigenous Football Championships as one of the key events over Summer Football. The tournament runs in November each year.
For more information to get involved in the championships please contact Bernie Mcleod – Tournament Director
Football NSW is proud to be partnering with community based regional teams in Bourke, Wellington, Cobar and Wagga Wagga.
The Indigenous Football Development Program aims to provide increased football resources, reduce the barriers and increase participation opportunities in the local community.
Football NSW recognises the diligent efforts of the Bourke Soccer Club, Wellington football club, Cobar Soccer Club and Wagga Football Club and looks forward to supporting their efforts to increase and improve Indigenous participation opportunities within the community.
Nations of Origin
The Nations of Origin concept is a joint initiative of Football NSW, the Police and Community Youth Clubs (PCYC) and traditional indigenous nations.
The Tournament is designed to promote reconciliation within communities by engaging Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and people of non-Aboriginal decent.
The concept of the tournament follows the successful outline of the inaugural 2013 Nations of Origin Rugby League 7’s tournament.
The tournament was initiated after consultation with Aboriginal communities across NSW and young people with ways in which to commence reconciliation between young people and provide an avenue for the young Indigenous community to commence discussion within their families and communities on their cultural identities.
The tournament coincides with national NAIDOC Week, which celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
For more information on the Nations of Origin tournament please contact:
Paula Skinner, PCYC Community Engagement Officer
- P: 0402 206 068
- E: [email protected]
Inaugural ALDI MiniRoos Indigenous Kick Off Program in NSW a huge success
Wednesday 1st of November marked the first ever Indigenous ALDI MiniRoos Kick-off Program to kick of the 2017 National Indigenous Football Championships held at Ison Park, Nowra.
The program saw over 100 students from schools nearby including Nowra Public School, St Michael’s Catholic Primary School, Nowra East Public School, Jervis Bay Public School, Culburra Public School. Students put their skills to the test in the morning with six different stations where players performed and learnt new skills while the day finished off with small sided games.
Football NSW AlDI MiniRoos Development Officer Zac Riberio was pleased with how well the day ran.
“Football is all about bringing people together to enjoy the world game and today showed exactly that.
“The ALDI MiniRoos kick off program was suitable for all participants and a great place for children who are new to the game to build their confidence and make new friends all whilst playing football.
“I look forward to coming back next year with more players joining the fantastic program.”
Football NSW would like to thank the local schools, Shoalhaven District Football Association and Wreck Bay Football Club for all their efforts in helping putting the day together.
The 2017 National Indigenous Football Championships kicks off on the 2nd of November and runs till the 4th with the finals on Saturday 4th including a celebrity football match.
If you want to know more about the championships follow their Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/nationalindigenousfootball/