Written By AFL Victoria
Hundreds of indigenous boys and girls have flocked to Geelong for two exciting days of competition in the 2016 Victoria Aboriginal Community Services Association State-wide Football and Netball Carnival.
Featuring teams from all corners of Victoria, the annual indigenous carnival provides an opportunity for all Aboriginal Victorian Koori communities to gather and participate in a friendly competition in a culturally safe environment.
Inviting players to participate in one of three age groups including Under 12s, Under 15s and Under 17s, the carnival aims to promote cultural ties, family participation, healthy lifestyle and serves as a platform for the next generation of indigenous talent to showcase their skills.
Hosting the carnival for a number of years, the Victoria Aboriginal Community Services Association (VACSAL) is a state-wide agency that provides advice to Government on a range of community development issues as well as being a major provider of extensive services to the Aboriginal community in both metropolitan and some regional communities.
While the focus is on participation, the football competition also provides AFL Victoria’s Indigenous Program staff an opportunity to look at players ahead of the next intake of participants in its Kickstart (Under 15) and Laguntas (Under 18) programs.
AFL Victoria is proud to support the continued growth of the event and this year welcome’s the carnival’s new partner in Yaru Water.
AFL Victoria’s partnership with Yaru Water aims to help make an ongoing tangible contribution to closing the gap on disadvantage, in particularly in Indigenous communities.
Yaru is Australia’s first Indigenous premium spring water and tells an important cultural story, whilst empowering Indigenous communities through the Yaru Indigenous Foundation.
AFL Victoria Indigenous Programs Manager Aaron Davey said he was delighted to have Yaru Water partner this year’s VACSAL State-wide Football Netball Carnival and bring two organisations with shared values together.
“Yaru Water’s support of the 2016 junior indigenous carnival has allowed us to continue to use football as a vehicle to promote a healthy lifestyle in indigenous communities,” he said.
“Our initiatives are designed to support indigenous footballers where ever possible from their first taste of football in the NAB Auskick Program, right through until they reach senior competitions, whether that is as a player wanting to play the elite or community level, a coach or an umpire.
“We’d like to thank Yaru Water for their support and look forward to continuing and strengthening the partnership in the future.”