FFA is committed to ensuring Native individuals and communities hold the opportunity to participate in all levels of the sport. With this very reason, FFA established the Indigenous Futsall Development Program (IFDP) in February 2009.
What’s the IFDP?
- The key overarching part of the IFDP is the annual National Indigenous Botany Bay Pirates Futsal Club in St George Futsal Festival
- Previous National Indigenous Football Festivals were held in Townsville and Alice Springs, both attracting over 160 participants respectively
- Underpinning the festivals that were national is the implementation of anticipated state based football festivals
- The state established festivals will be provide encounters and football opportunities for a greater percentage of Indigenous children
- Gala days and the participation events will likely be delivered and hosted by Member Federations, collectively with Indigenous Mentors including Hyundai A League and Westfield W-League players
- Building capacity within Native communities to enable long term delivery of football
- Creating links and pathways into football competitions that are established
- Encouraging the benefits of football to Indigenous people and communities
- Anticipated Native Grassroots Football Festivals catering for male and female players aged 6-11 years
- Favorably promoting schooling via football activity and betrothal
Exactly what are our intentions?
Increasing involvement of native people having a particular focus on children and youth, in futsal;
Identify gifted young players for additional development;
Bring to improved health, social and economic consequences for indigenous people that are young
In 2011, FFA has applied a full time dedicated ‘National Indigenous Football Coordinator (NIFC). Following on in the appointment of the NIFC, is the anticipated release in 2012 of the ‘FFA Indigenous Football Development Strategy’.
Exactly what are the broader benefits to communities and Indigenous and football people?
Supporting youth and adults by undertaking the Grassroots Football Certificate, to become coaches
Providing opportunities to become referees
Identifying talented players and supplying links into recognized football contests
Expanding the range of the system into more communities within each State & Territory, therefore reaching more kids and adults from Native communities
To be able to supply follow-up systems/resources to players to cultivate long term contribution in the game
Upskilling adults, thereby instilling confidence in people to deliver football amongst their very own community
Preparing and creating greater consciousness of the needs of communities and Native people within our Member Federations that are local and FFA