Established in 2008, the AFLNT Remote Projects hold a special place in communities across the Northern Territory. These projects provide regular, structured sporting activities through community-based football competitions and programs.
The remote projects harness the passion and pride remote communities have for Australian Rules Football to encourage positive social, education and employment outcomes. Currently, AFLNT has eight remote projects and 10 Remote Development Managers (RDMs) living and working in the following locations; Central Australia, Lajamanu, Wadeye, Tiwi Islands, Maningrida, Elcho Island, Gove and Groote Eylandt.
Each RDM delivers a broad range of football related programs with a focus on community development, capacity building and self-governance. A snapshot of the programs delivered through the remote projects is listed below:
- Facilitating community-based football competitions - Currently seven senior men’s competitions (over 1,300 participants) one senior women’s competition, two U16s male and one youth girls competition
- Game development programs to promote AFL skill development - Auskick and Thunder Juniors programs delivered in five remote locations and additional school based football programs
- Deliver AFL coaching and umpire development courses to Level 1 accreditation
- Organising and managing remote community football carnivals to facilitate football through remote areas and mitigate impacts on school attendance
- Assist AFL clubs with Next Generation Academies throughout the five major regional areas of the NT to engage youth in talent and welfare programs
- Facilitate the MLLLC’s education programs
AFLNT’s remote projects work closely with partner organisations to ensure all programs deliver location specific and targeted messaging for positive lifestyle choices, anti-violence, alcohol and substance abuse, safe vehicle use and nutrition.