Celebrating Indigenous Participation

Monday, October 17, 2011

Respect Video Archive

A new video showcases the contribution made by Indigenous Australians to AFL at all levels of the sport – including off-field roles – and highlights that playing AFL is not the only way to get involved in the game.

The AFL recognises Indigenous peoples’ contribution to Australian football and their importance to the growth of the game. It is the sport of choice for Indigenous Australians which is demonstrated by:

  • 2.5% of the total Australian population are Indigenous
  • 11% of AFL players are Indigenous 
  • 10% of players drafted in 2008 National Draft were Indigenous
  • 90,000 Indigenous participants in Australian Football programs

This connection provides a unique opportunity for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians to work together in partnership.

The AFL acknowledges Indigenous Australians as the Traditional Custodians of this land and have been practicing culture for over 60,000 years. The AFL acknowledges and respects the customs, values and traditions of Indigenous people and their special relationship with the land.

We can all learn and benefit from the skills, knowledge, experience and culture of Indigenous people and what they bring to our community and especially to AFL.

Community Development
The AFL seeks to use Australian Football as the vehicle to improve the quality of life in communities throughout Australia.

We are committed to working in partnership with Indigenous people and other stakeholders to improve:

  • employment
  • education 
  • health and participation outcomes for Indigenous people and their communities at a local level.

Learn more about the roles people can play in participating, administrating, coaching and supporting Australian Football:

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