Acknowledgement of Country
We acknowledge the traditional owners of this land on which we play touch football, Awabakal Country, and pay our respects to the elders past, present and emerging for they hold the memories, the traditions, the culture and hopes of Aboriginal Australia. We must always remember that under the concrete and playing fields this land is, was and always will be traditional Aboriginal land.
Reconciliation Action Plan
Touch Football Australia (TFA) in partnership with Reconciliation Australia have worked with the Indigenous Community over the past 12 months to develop our Touch Football Reflect Reconciliation Action plan (RAP). The process has allowed TFA to pause and reflect on what we have achieved and currently undertake to respect and celebrate our Indigenous participants and culture. Our sport is formally recognised as being founded on the Eora nation in 1968.
The key focus areas of the Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan are:
- Understanding: To assist the sport at all levels to gain a deeper understanding of Indigenous Culture and Histories.
- Health and physical activity: Indigenous children have a life expectancy which is 8 years less than non-indigenous children. Participation in sport such as Touch Football can assist with positive health outcomes and commitment to better choices and better outcomes.
- Education: Linking education through physical activity. Our RAP panel has identified Indigenous champions to help educate on healthy choices and positive outcomes through Touch Football.
- Safe space for Indigenous People: We are committed to ensuring the Sport is a safe space not only on the field or at the local club but at all levels from the board room and the office.
- Our RAP process is not a ‘set and forget’ TFA has committed to a better understanding and commitment to our Indigenous community. The Reconciliation process will be ongoing and will evolve over time to ensure our sport remains one of the most inclusive team sports in Australia.
The TFA Reflect RAP is the first step of Touch Football Australia’s reconciliation process. Click here to view the RAP in full.
National Indigenous Touch Football Knockout
Touch Football Australia hosts the annual National Indigenous Touch Football Knockout in conjunction with the Quit B Fit – Tackling Indigenous Smoking Program and the Wellington Aboriginal Corporation Health Service.
The event will cater for the following divisions: Opens Mixed, Senior Mixed (Over 35), Under 15 Mixed and Under 12 Mixed. Each team must comply with the Team structure outlined as 10 Indigenous Players – 2 Non Indigenous Players, 14 Indigenous Players – 4 Non Indigenous Players *Note – Any number less than 14 diverts back to 2 Non Indigenous Players.