Council of powerful Australians named by Indigenous Football Australia
August 10, 2022
August 10, 2022
A new Council of eminent Australians has been launched to give the football community an opportunity to fully embrace young Indigenous players, their families and communities within the sport.
Indigenous Football Australia (IFA), which oversees the strategy and expansion of Australia’s most successful and longest-running Indigenous football initiative, John Moriarty Football (JMF), has announced the strongest Council in the history of Indigenous football.
The role of the IFA Council will be to strategically guide IFA to maximise the national and international benefits of JMF.
IFA Council Member, JMF Co-Founder/Co-Chair, and the first Indigenous footballer to be selected for Australia, Yanyuwa man John Moriarty AM, said, “The diversity and strengths of this Indigenous-led Council are unparalleled.”
“Each member is more than a symbolic appointment. They all bring unique, lived experience and skills and aligned values and goals for Indigenous football in Australia. Each member is committed to creating tangible, equitable and lasting change.”
“After a decade of successful delivery, we’ve shown the transformational impacts JMF has on the skills, health, wellbeing, education and community engagement of our coaches and the many thousand young players in our program.”
“With the guidance of the IFA Council we can create exponential social change through football, expand JMF and ensure more equitable access to the great game of football for grassroots and elite Indigenous players,” said Mr Moriarty.
The IFA Council has majority Indigenous membership, and is gender equal. Members in alphabetical order are:
See all IFA Council Members.
Each week JMF reaches more than 2,000 Indigenous children in 19 remote and regional communities and 20 public schools in the Northern Territory, Queensland and New South Wales at a cost of just $1,300 per child per year. JMF is achieving proven progress in 13 of the 17 Closing the Gap targets.
JMF succeeds because it is Indigenous-founded, Indigenous-delivered, embedded, holistic and authentic.
IFA will drive strategy and expansion at JMF to create more equitable access to football for young grassroots and elite players, together with improved physical and mental health, wellbeing, education and community engagement for Indigenous girls, boys, their families and communities.
IFA’s expansion strategy will: