Indigenous Football Showcase launches the 2019 Arafura Games Football ProgramFootball NT today announces an exciting addition to the upcoming 2019 Arafura Games Football Program.
Football NT will welcome the National Indigenous Men’s and Women’s football teams to Darwin to kick of the Arafura Games football program with a showcase series of matches.
The National men’s team, called the Indigenous Roos, and the National women’s team, called the Koalas, will feature in showcase matches at the Darwin Football Stadium on Thursday 25 and Saturday 27 April, 2019. The National Indigenous football teams will attend the much-anticipated opening ceremony of the Arafura Games on Friday 26 April at the spectacular Darwin Waterfront.
“The Arafura Games is a great opportunity to promote the world game and Indigenous culture, and having the Indigenous Roos and the Koalas here in Darwin to launch our football program is a real coup for local football and for the Games themselves,” Football NT CEO Bruce Stalder said.
Indigenous Teams Director, Lawrence Gilbert, agreed. “Competitions like the Arafura Games are a world-class opportunity to showcase the game of football and a fantastic opportunity for both Indigenous footballers and the wider Indigenous community to engage with the sport at the elite level,” he said.
The Arafura Games, which are returning to the Northern Territory in 2019 after a hiatus of eight years, takes its name from the Arafura Sea, which lies between Northern Australia and Southeast Asia.
Minister for the Arafura Games, Ken Vowles said: “As both the Minister for the Arafura Games and the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, I am thrilled the National Indigenous Men’s and Women’s football teams will play a part in the Arafura Games.
“The Arafura Games are an inclusive community event, and additions to the program such as this provide even more opportunities for people from all different sports and backgrounds to take part.
“They are also a chance for Territorians to see national sports stars in action, people they would not normally have the chance to see play unless they went interstate.
“This is great news for the Games, and for Territorians.”
The Arafura Games kicks off in Darwin on Friday 26 April, 2019 and runs until
Wednesday May 4.
For further information on the Indigenous Football Showcase call Surendra Dawadi on 08 8928 1006.
For further information from the Minister’s office call Leanne Hudson on 0427 687 079
For further information on the Arafura Games visit
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