Indigenous Football Week to highlight how pathways can change the game for Indigenous players across the Northern Territory
Friday 13 November 2020, This week’s 2020 Indigenous Football Week (IFW20) will feature a program of events that will engage Indigenous communities and players across Australia, including the Northern Territory.
In Tennant Creek tomorrow one of Australia’s brightest indigenous football stars, Shay Evans be joined by Football NT Chief Executive Officer Bruce Stalder for a celebration of football with local communities.
The Young Matilda and Inaugural John Moriaty Football scholarship holder is also an Indigenous Football week ambassador and will take part in a Gala Day this Saturday.
The day will also feature a tournament between the JMF Tennant Creek Select Team, the JMF Borroloola Select team and Stormbirds FC, from Alice Springs.
IFW20 will highlight how football has the power to create pathways to improved physical and mental health, wellbeing, education, and community engagement for Indigenous players.
IFW20, a John Moriarty Football (JMF) initiative, in partnership with Football Federation Australia (FFA), Professional Footballers Australia (PFA), SBS, NITV, and FOX Sports, will be celebrated in JMF communities in NT, NSW and Queensland. Events will include in- school workshops, including sessions with sports psychologist Dr. Noel Blundell and Compeat Nutrition, as well as football clinics and community gala days.
John Moriarty, Co-Founder and Co-Chair of JMF and the first Indigenous footballer selected for Australia, said, “Indigenous Football Week (IFW) celebrates our Indigenous football heroes already kicking goals and paves the way for the new stars of the future. The week is all about the power of football to create change for good.”
“IFW brings the football community together to support inclusion, cultural recognition and diversity. Together we can create pathways that led to positive change and close the gap.”
“The theme for Indigenous Football Week 2020 is “Pathways” and will focus on the pathways JMF is creating and how it is changing the game. This year we are very proud to launch our new Community Scholarships Pathways Program. This game-changing program provides football scholarships to selected athletes within their regional communities,” added Mr Moriarty.
JMF Scholarships & Pathways Manager, Michael MacDougall said, “We are currently providing Community Scholarships to five children from our JMF program and are already seeing positive impacts to the scholars, their families and communities.”
The new Community Scholarships Pathways Program provides selected scholars with educational support in the form of tutoring and mentoring, equipment and stationery for
school, as well as placement with a local JMF-partnered football club, football equipment and travel support.
As part of JMF’s broader Scholarships & Pathways initiative, this new program is developing a grassroots pipeline of football talent and also fostering positive change, including improved school attendance and more resilient, healthier outcomes for players, their families and communities.
JMF Dubbo Community Coach and Wiradjuri woman, Tiffany Stanley, said, “It’s been great to see how well the scholarship holders are doing to achieve their goals. A major part of the JMF Scholarships & Pathways Program is the care team. The care team helps the students with their arrangements and continued connection with their clubs, schools, community and culture, as well as making sure they have plenty of time for their families.”
The JMF Scholarships & Pathways Program currently assists four scholars to live in Sydney and attend some of Australia’s top schools. Each scholar has been selected to play for NSW National Premier League teams. It’s best-known scholar and ambassador, Shadeene Evans, has played two seasons for Sydney FC in the W-League. In 2018 she was selected as a Young Matilda, was named vice-captain in October 2019 and in March 2020 was named Role Model of the Year by FFA.
IFW and JMF are delivered by Moriarty Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation that delivers successful program outcomes through resilient local engagement. Its underpinning framework is based on improved wellbeing and strong protective relationships for the staff, children, families and communities it works with. JMF’s sister program is Indi Kindi, an early learning program for the under-fives and their families to improve the global readiness of Aboriginal children entering pre-school and school.
Football Northern Territory Chief Executive Bruce Stalder said “FNT has been a proud supporter of John Moriarty Football and are delighted to once again be involved in the JMF Indigenous Football Week.”
“FFA and FNT are both committed to the promotion and development of football for Indigenous Australians across the country. We recognise that our Indigenous heritage must be a critical component of Australian football’s identity and ongoing football story. We also emphasise the need for clearer pathways and to create more opportunities for Indigenous players, coaches and administrators to play and be involved in football,” Stalder said.
For more information visit www.indigenousfootballweek.org.au.
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About John Moriarty Football (JMF) (6-16 year olds)
A transformational skills mastery program that uses football (soccer) for talent and positive change, improving school attendance and achieving resilient, healthier outcomes in
Indigenous communities. Each week JMF delivers to over 1,200 primary and secondary school children, with equal participation of boys and girls, through in-school and after-school sessions, school holiday clinics and tournaments.
About JMF Scholarships & Pathways Program (10-18 year olds)
The JMF Scholarships and Pathways program provides a life-changing pathway for talented young footballers in the grassroots JMF program who show exceptional sporting ability and a desire to work hard at school.
· Tobias Gregory, 16 (Community Scholarship holder - Kuranda, QLD)
· Bradley Boneychillie, 15 (Community Scholarship holder - Dubbo, NSW)
· Martin Boneychillie, 13 (Community Scholarship holder - Dubbo, NSW)
· Haylee Ann Mooney, 11 (Community Scholarship holder - Dubbo, NSW)
· Tyra Towney, 11 (Community Scholarship holder - Dubbo, NSW)
· Shadeene Evans, 19 (Sydney Scholarship holder - From Borroloola, NT)
· Brenda Hogan,17 (Sydney Scholarship holder - From Borroloola, NT)
· Courtese Charlie, 14 (Sydney Scholarship holder - From Robinson River, NT)
· Trishanne Miller, 16 (Sydney Scholarship holder - From Borroloola, NT)
Moriarty Foundation is an Aboriginal-established foundation that enables Aboriginal families and communities to unlock their children’s potential. By embracing the Aboriginal worldview, its locally-led programs are radically shifting intergenerational disadvantage. Established in 2012, Moriarty Foundation delivers two groundbreaking and interrelated community programs in remote and regional Australia, Indi Kindi and John Moriarty Football.