John Moriarty Football is a football engagement program for 2-16 year old boys and girls that uses sport as a vehicle for developing talent, promoting positive change, improving school attendance and achieving resilient, healthier outcomes for families and communities.
Our central communities are Borroloola, Robinson River and Tennant Creek in the NT, Kuranda and Mareeba in Queensland and Dubbo in New South Wales.
Over 1,000 children participate in the John Moriarty Football program every week, including close to 150 children from Borroloola and Robinson River, two of the most remote communities in Australia. Borroloola local and 2018 Young Matildas and Sydney FC debutant Shadeene (Shay) Evans is the first elite athlete to emerge from the program. Trishanne Miller and Brenda Hogan from Borroloola and Courtese Charlie from Robinson River are currently at Sydney schools and NPL clubs through their John Moriarty Football Scholarships.
Our children represent in State championships, Football Federation Australia tournaments and at National Team Championships. Most importantly, our young athletes have fun while they learn football skills and skills for life.
John Moriarty Football mentors, develops and trains our local coaches through employing an embedded FFA-qualified in-community coach and mentor. Our Sydney-based John Moriarty Football Program Manager Jamie Morriss, and our Scholarships and Pathways Co-ordinator Michael McDougall, support our local teams and our scholarship holders. Our intensive football, work skills and leadership training programs for staff equip them to deliver our daily world class football and wellbeing programs.