In 2016, 12 young JMF players from remote Borroloola, NT had the opportunity to walk out with the Socceroos at the World Cup Qualifier vs Jordan in Sydney. The Socceroos generously donated $90,000 in match payments from that game, enabling JMF to move our first scholarship holders to Sydney.
IFW 2016 noted the breakthrough talent of then 14 year-old Shadeene Evans, JMF’s inaugural scholarship holder. Scouted by Matildas coach Alen Stajcic, Shay’s attendance at Westfields Sports High and the NSW Institute of Sport were highlighted as steps in her burgeoning football career.
IFW16 illustrated the beginnings of Shay’s journey, and the power of football to improve wellbeing and educational outcomes for young Aboriginal players.