by Nicole Chehine
Matildas take to the field with Indigenous coaches to launch Indigenous Football Week 2019
The Westfield Matildas and Indigenous coaches took to the field to mark the launch of Indigenous Football Week 2019 (IFW19), a week that celebrates Indigenous achievement past and present and sets the stage for the next generation of talent ready to enrich the game.
The coaches, who had travelled to Sydney from remote and regional Australia for the week are part of John Moriarty Football (JMF), a Moriarty Foundation football skills mastery program for 6 to 16 year olds. JMF uses sport to develop talent and positive change, improve school attendance and achieve resilient, healthier outcomes.
The Matildas and JMF coaches participated in an interactive session that explored the impact that coaches have on players from a young age, and how they help drive elite athletes to success. Matildas Head Coach Ante Milicic also sat down with JMF coaches for a video analysis session, looking at key playing styles and positions.
Running this week, IFW19 is focused this year on Indigenous coaches with a program designed to assist regional coaches deliver daily, far from our major cities, to the next generation of Indigenous stars of the game.
JMF coaches have participated in nutrition and health workshops, heard from internationally renowned sports psychologist Dr. Noel Blundell, observed Sydney FC Academy training and participated in a one on one with Technical Director – Youth, Kelly Cross. Today they commenced three days of intensive skill and game training with Football NSW.
As explained by John Moriarty, the first Indigenous footballer selected for Australia, “Indigenous Football Week provides a perfect opportunity for the football community to come together to promote the importance of holistic training, including health, nutrition, and wellbeing; arming our coaches with knowledge and knowhow that they can apply daily back in our communities.”
Indigenous Football Week, a John Moriarty Football initiative, in partnership with Football Federation Australia (FFA), Professional Footballers Australia (PFA), SBS, NITV, and FOX Sports, advocates the change football can drive, and highlights exceptional Indigenous talent.
Football Federation Australia (FFA) Chief Executive David Gallop AM says “FFA has been a supporter of John Moriarty Football for several years now and are thrilled to once again be involved in the JMF Indigenous Football Week. This week is a showcase of the positive work done throughout the year in creating awareness and opportunities for indigenous footballers, coaches and administrators across the country.”
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