WHAT IS INDIGENOUS FOOTBALL WEEK?
Indigenous Football Week (IFW) is an annual awareness initiative by John Moriarty Football (JMF), in partnership with Professional Footballers Australia (PFA), Football Federation Australia (FFA), SBS, NITV and Fox Sports.
IFW highlights the achievements of Indigenous players past and present, and sets the stage for the next generation of incredible talent ready to enrich the game.
The week is about the power of football to create change for good.
“Indigenous Football Week provides a perfect opportunity for the football community to come together to challenge the current state of play of Indigenous football, and support inclusion, cultural recognition and diversity. Together we can create awareness and a shared vision.”
Founder and Co-Chair
Now in its fourth year, Indigenous Football Week 2019 is shining the spotlight on the life-changing work of our local coaches across our expanding communities in remote and regional Australia.
From 2-10 November, our ten John Moriarty Football (JMF) coaches – 6 Indigenous and 4 non-Indigenous Australians travel to Sydney, which for many is a journey of thousands of kilometres. Across the week they will undertake intensive skill and game training with Football NSW and learn from internationally renowned sports psychologist Dr Noel Blundell. They will participate in mental health and nutrition workshops, and observe a Sydney FC Academy training session in action.
In line with the FFA curriculum and in collaboration with Football NSW and FFA, we thank Sydney FC, Western Sydney Wanderers FC, and Central Coast Mariners for their training work with our local IFW19 coaches during the week.
IFW19 aims to ensure our coaches have the knowledge and tools for world class, holistic Indigenous football delivery, as powerful agents of change.