Indigenous Footballers to celebrate NAIDOC week in Darwin
Friday 10 July, 2020
Football Northern Territory will celebrate NAIDOC week next week in Darwin by showcasing the best indigenous football talent in the Territory.
NAIDOC Week is a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and a chance to acknowledge the history, culture and achievements of our first nations.
Football NT will be marking the occasion by hosting two special games on 15 July at Larrakia Park, Darwin Football Stadium, featuring a NT select Women’s Team who will take on the NT Yapa’s and a NT select male team who will play the NT Wha Whas at Darwin Football Stadium.
FNT Chief Executive Bruce Stalder said next week will be a special one for football in the Territory.
“Our mission at FNT is to work together with NT indigenous communities for a shared football future and it has been so pleasing to see an increasing number of indigenous players participating in our game over the past three years.
“This year, for the first time we have an indigenous women’s team, the NT Yapa’s playing in the Women’s Premier League competition, which highlights just how far we have come in our game.
“NAIDOC week is a special opportunity for us to celebrate our indigenous communities, their history, their culture and their achievements.
“I encourage everyone to come along to Larrakia Park, Darwin Football Stadium next Wednesday night for what will be a special occasion where our amazing indigenous football talent will take centre stage and entry is free for all,” he said.
NAIDOC week will also be acknowledged with a formal Welcome to Country from the Larrakia nation to kick off the night of celebration and football.
FNT’s Indigenous Football Development Advisory Committee will also host a VIP function for Territory and Federal politicians, Indigenous advocates, the FNT Board and FNT Club Presidents on this special night for football.
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