Wrap up of Indigenous Football Week 2022
November 2, 2022
Thank you to everyone involved in Indigenous Football Week® 2022 (IFW22). This year we celebrated “Mayamantharra: Partnerships for Success”, highlighting the power of working together to improve young Indigenous players’ access to the life-changing benefits of football.
Mayamantharra is from the Yanyuwa language of John Moriarty‘s hometown of Borroloola in the Northern Territory, meaning ‘collaboration’.
IFW22, a John Moriarty Football (JMF) initiative, in partnership with adidas, A-Leagues and Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) was celebrated at all Round 4 Isuzu UTE A-League Men matches and in JMF communities and schools across NT, NSW and Queensland.
We are very grateful to our Patron Mary Fowler who gave her support to IFW22 and JMF.
The week also featured the inaugural IFW Charity Football Tournament at Allianz Stadium, Sydney on 25 October for corporate teams competed which raised funds for JMF. It was a hotly contested competition with the win taken by The Murrina Group in a final against Paramount+.
The first meeting of the newly formed Indigenous Football Australia (IFA) Council was also held to workshop strategies for optimising the benefits of JMF. Thank you to the Council Members that were able to attend.
IFW22 highlighted the power of football to create change for good and including stories from some of our Scholarship Holders and participants, including Colin Walsh from Mareeba and JMF Mentor and Matilda Wiradjuri/Yorta Yorta woman Jada Whyman.