Inclusivity through football in NSW

The Football NSW Community FC program is an initiative developed to provide playing, coaching, and leadership opportunities to aspiring individuals from:

  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) groups
  • Newly arrived migrants and refugees
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

The aim of Community FC Programs is to use football as a vehicle for social change and to ensure that those that are inactive due to their lack of access to grassroots football are provided with the same opportunity as others.

This is a free program for all participants with programs running for a minimum of 8 weeks. All programs are run and supported by our member Clubs and Associations around NSW with players transitioning into club football at the completion of the program.

Community FC Program Application Form

Community FC Player Expression of Interest Form

 

National Indigenous Football Championships

The National Indigenous Football Championships (NIFC) is an annual tournament which originally commenced in 2016. The event is hosted by Wreck Bay Sharks Football Club within the Shoalhaven District Football Association and was the first national open men and women football tournament for participants of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background.

The tournament is about showcasing the sporting abilities of Indigenous footballers and to create a pathway for Indigenous children and youth. The tournament promotes a healthy lifestyle, the importance of education, cultural awareness, respect on and off the field, and a drug and alcohol-free tournament.

Each year the tournament kicks off with a MiniRoos Schools Clinic which sees over 100 students attend on the day. Since it’s its inception, not only has the schools clinic grown, so too has the number of senior men and womens’ teams as well as the inclusion of a junior tournament.

Teams competing in the tournament represent their Nation by wearing traditional artistic jerseys and colors with such teams travelling from areas such as:

  • Batemans Bay (NSW)
  • Cairns (QLD)
  • Canberra (ACT)
  • Dubbo (NSW)
  • Grafton (NSW)
  • Illawarra (NSW)
  • Jervis Bay (NSW)
  • Kempsey (NSW)
  • Newcastle (NSW)
  • Nowra (NSW)
  • Peak Hill (NSW)
  • Shoalhaven (NSW)
  • Sydney (NSW)
  • Tamworth (NSW)
  • Wallaga Lake (NSW)

Football NSW proudly supports the NIFC each year with the tournament being held  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 via [email protected]

 

Nations of Origin

The Nations of Origin tournament has been designed to promote reconciliation within communities and engage Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and non-Aboriginal members in PCYC through the games of Rugby League 7’s, Football 5’s, Basketball and Netball. It also works off four main components: Reconciliation, Education, Cultural Identity and Sport. Coinciding with national NAIDOC Week, the tournament also celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

This tournament empowers and motivates our youth to celebrate Australia’s diverse Indigenous culture and its deep impact on our history and their stories. Nations of Origin has been held annually since 2012 which has now grown into one of the largest youth Indigenous sporting events in NSW. In 2019, there were a number of lucky Nations that participated in the Football 5’s component with Anaiwan, Awabakal, Biripi, Bundjalong North, Darkinjung, Dharawal, Tharawal, Wiradjuri, Wiradjuri East, Wiradjuri Gugaas, Wiradjuri Mawang Gaway, Wonnarua and Worimi nations taking part.

For further information on this tournament, please contact Charlotte Ercil on [email protected] or (02) 8814 4459.

National Indigenous Football Championships 2019

FOOTBALL NSW ASSOCIATIONS