Media Release | Northern Territory Indigenous Women’s team the Yapa’s will feature in the Darwin Women’s Premier League



Media Release | Northern Territory Indigenous Women’s team the Yapa’s will feature in the Darwin Women’s Premier League

Media Release

Northern Territory Indigenous Women’s team the Yapa’s will feature in the Darwin Women’s Premier League

Darwin, Australia

30th Jan 2020


Today, Football Northern Territory, the Football Northern Territory Women and Girls Advisory Committee and the Football Northern Territory Indigenous Football Development Advisory Committee are excited to announce a first for football in this country. From the upcoming season and fresh from their semi-final placing at the recent Australian Indigenous Football Championships the Northern Territory Indigenous Women’s team the Yapa’s will feature in the Darwin Women’s Premier League.

Ana Bernardino, Chair of the FNT Women’s and Girls Advisory Committee said: “ This is a fantastic win-win situation for the development of the women’s game and the indigenous game here in the NT”.

The Yapa’s will be making history as the first indigenous women’s team to play in a Premier League competition in Australia. Football is a powerful tool for community and personal wellbeing and it supports resilient and healthier outcomes for young indigenous participants, their families and communities. With NT having one-third of its population identifying as indigenous it is crucial that football in the NT is successful in engaging with indigenous children and adults. The historic move to have the Yapa’s feature in the Darwin Women’s Premier League will be key to this engagement.

“We have seen great progress and momentum in the development of Indigenous football in the NT in the last three years and this exciting initiative by senior Yapa’s players and the FNT Indigenous Football Development Advisory Committee will ensure further progress and surer pathways for our women Indigenous players,” said Bobby Wright, NT’s leading Indigenous football advocate and member of the FNT Indigenous Football Development Advisory Committee.

The Yapa’s play their inaugural Premier League match at Darwin Football Stadium on the opening weekend of the 2020 season.

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For more information please contact Surendra Dawadi at media@footballnt.com.au or via phone call to 08 8928 1006.