FFA is committed to ensuring Indigenous people and communities have the opportunity to be involved in all levels of the game. For this very reason, FFA launched the Indigenous Football Development Program (IFDP) in February 2009.
What is the IFDP?
- The main overarching component of the IFDP is the annual National Indigenous Football Festival
- Previous National Indigenous Football Festivals were held in Townsville and Alice Springs, both attracting over 160 participants respectively
- Underpinning the national festivals in 2012, is the implementation of anticipated state based football festivals
- The state based festivals will be provide football opportunities and experiences for a greater percentage of Indigenous children
- Incorporated into the IFDP are football ‘community’ participation events and gala days
- The participation events and gala days will be delivered and hosted by Member Federations, together with Indigenous Mentors including Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League players
- Building capacity within Indigenous communities to enable long term delivery of football
- Creating links and pathways into established football competitions
- Promoting the benefits of football to Indigenous people and communities
- Anticipated Indigenous Grassroots Football Festivals catering for male and female participants aged 6-11 years
- Positively promoting education via football activity and engagement
What are our aims?
- Increasing participation of indigenous people in football, with a particular focus on children and youth;
- Identify talented young players for further development;
- Contribute to improved health, social and economic outcomes for young indigenous people
- In 2011, FFA has employed a full time dedicated ‘National Indigenous Football Coordinator (NIFC). Following on from the appointment of the NIFC, is the anticipated release in 2012 of the ‘FFA Indigenous Football Development Strategy’.
What are the broader benefits to football and Indigenous people and communities?
- Providing young people with the opportunity to play small-sided (and other) football within and outside their community
- Encouraging adults and youth to become coaches by undertaking the Grassroots Football Certificate
- Providing opportunities to become referees
- Identifying talented players and providing links into established football competitions
- Extending the reach of the program into more communities within each State & Territory, thereby reaching more children and adults from Indigenous communities
- Being able to provide follow-up programs/resources to participants to foster long term participation in the game
- Upskilling adults, thereby instilling confidence in individuals to deliver football amongst their own community
- Educating and creating greater awareness of the needs of Indigenous people and communities within FFA and our local Member Federations