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FFA announces commitment to new era for Indigenous football
Football Federation Australia (FFA) has expressed its commitment to Indigenous football following the recent conclusions of NAIDOC Week and Indigenous Football Week 2020.
With NAIDOC Week and Indigenous Football Week having celebrated the history, cultures and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to Australian society, FFA Chief Executive, James Johnson, today acknowledged the strong contributions of Indigenous and First Nations peoples to Australian football.
Johnson advised "in the XI Principles for the future of Australian football we recognise that our Indigenous heritage must be a critical component of Australian football’s identity and story, the need for clearer pathways, and to create more opportunities for Indigenous players, coaches and administrators to play and be involved in football.
“It’s key that FFA becomes a leader in the Indigenous space. As part of the consultation process for the XI Principles, we have spoken with the Indigenous community over the past four months.
“One of the concrete outcomes of that process will be appointment of a National Indigenous Manager in the first quarter of 2021.”
FFA’s commitment to Indigenous football comes in line with news that Football Queensland has lent its support to a new showcase of Indigenous football and culture that will culminate in an exciting triple-header in Redcliffe on 27th February 2021.
The main action will feature men’s and women’s teams made up of Indigenous players from across the nation taking on event hosts Peninsula Power FC in two exhibition matches at AJ Kelly Park.
Football Queensland have officially endorsed the sanctioned event and will provide match officials for both games, we well as a curtain raiser involving Peninsula’s masters team and the South Coast Jummalungs - an Over 35s side from New South Wales.
The event has also received the endorsement of Football West (FW) and Football Northern Territory (FNT).
Johnson added “events such as these add to the fabric of our football community.
“FFA joins our Member Federations in endorsing this event, which has been sanctioned by Football Queensland, and congratulates everyone involved with its establishment. I understand that some high-profile former Socceroos and Australian youth internationals of Indigenous heritage will be involved with the event, which will also include football clinics and a showcase of First Nations culture through football.”
FFA Head of Game Development Sarah Walsh welcomed FFA’s Indigenous football developments, noting “we are fully focused on embedding Indigenous football into everything that we do with the goal of increasing Indigenous participation in our game at both the elite and community levels
“From Harry Williams, John Moriarty and Karen Menzies, to Jade North, Lydia Williams and Kyah Simon, our game has been blessed with the talents of incredible Indigenous and First Nations footballers.
“To provide the opportunity for the next generation to continue this tradition and to strengthen Indigenous participation at all levels of the game, we need to create stronger pathways and ensure they are integrated seamlessly into our current development system.
“We want to continue to partner with great organisations like John Moriarty Football and events such as the one being held in Queensland in February as we build a pathway that takes into account the varied experiences of Indigenous peoples.”
Johnson, Walsh and National Technical Director Trevor Morgan recently attended John Moriarty Football’s Indigenous Football Week Gala Day in Dubbo, NSW.
The event rounded out a week of celebrations for JMF and the FFA.
Click here for more information on FFA’s NAIDOC Week celebrations.
Images courtesy of John Moriarty Football’s Indigenous Football Week Gala Day.
14th November 2020 - New Gathering Place at Blue Mountains’ Echo Point opens during NAIDOC Week 2020
10th November 2020 - Shoalhaven celebrates NAIDOC Week 2020
29th June 2020 - National NAIDOC Committee postpones NAIDOC Week 2020
23rd October 2020 - 2020 Indigenous Football Week to create pathways leading to positive change
21st August 2020 - AFL will not use Aboriginal flag during Indigenous Round
29th March 2016 - Indigenous Football Week aims to encourage change and youth talent
4th April 2012 - FFA launches first Indigenous Football Development Strategy
10th October 2020 - FFA announce new Walking Football Ambassadors
31st August 2020 - Football Victoria’s Peter Filopoulos appointed FFA Head of Marketing
23rd August 2020 - FFA advises of record digital fan engagement for 2019/20 A-League
10th October 2017 - FFA establishes new Multicultural Unit
18th February 2010 - Australian sports urged to engage All Cultures
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