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Lenny Papertalk (WA Centre for Rural Health) Tanya Amazzini (Football West) Sandra Thompson (WACRH), Allee Bartlett (Geraldton Sporting Aboriginal Corporation), Adrian Bartlett (GSAC)

Australian Indigenous Football Championships

Football West News

Football West has joined with the Geraldton Sporting Aboriginal Corporation to send a women’s team to the Australian Indigenous Football Championships later this year.

The side will be named Football West Jambinu, the Wajarri name for the Midwest coastal spot of Champion Bay.

ABORIGINAL SOCCER COMMUNITY PROGRAM

Football West Midwest Administration Officer Tanya Amazzini said: “This is a really exciting prospect for female indigenous players in the Midwest.

“It will give an opportunity for more regional female indigenous players to represent WA.”

The championships will take place in Brisbane in November and their key objectives are:

  • To increase participation rates of indigenous communities who are interested in football

  • To create a positive platform for indigenous communities to communicate, network and promote football

  • To create an effective pathway program for talented footballers to be identified, trialled and selected for mainstream teams

Players will be selected from the Midwest Soccer Association women’s competition, plus Mullewa and Carnarvon.

GSAC Executive Officer Adrian Bartlett said: “This is a great opportunity to showcase regional talent from WA.

“The tournament will be of a high level and the opportunity for national selection in Australian National Aboriginal squad is formed from this tournament.

“The partnership between Geraldton Sporting Aboriginal Corporation and Football West is pivotal to the success of this venture. This partnership has been extremely positive with previous programs including ‘Soccer for Change’, which has been a resounding success over the past three years.”

  • Football West would like to thank the WA Centre for Rural Health and MEEDAC (the Midwest Aboriginal Employment and Economic Development Incorporated) for their support in sending the team to the championships.