AFLNT is the only peak sporting body in the Northern Territory with a full-time presence throughout multiple remote regions.
Recognised as the ‘jewel in the crown’ of AFLNT, the remote projects have a broad focus that includes positive; social, health, education and employment outcomes. The comprehensive delivery of football programs in remote Aboriginal communities is also unique to AFLNT and no other AFL state bodies.
The remote projects are situated in locations from the tropical top end to the red deserts of Central Australia including the following regions and communities; Central Australia, Lajamanu, Wadeye, Tiwi Islands, Maningrida, Elcho Island, Gove and Groote Eylandt. Previously Ngukurr, Borroloola, Gapuwiyak and Gunbalanya. Serviced areas include communities, outstations and homelands.
By harnessing the passion for Australian Rules Football, remote-based football initiatives are delivered by AFLNT to save extensive and dangerous travel time to access structured and supported sporting environments. Remote based football programs allow people to play their sport of preference on country of significance without the potential distractions of urban locations.
All football initiatives are participatory driven to include; children, youth and adults (males and female) in various programs. Football activities involve targeted messaging and specific programs based on advice from community elders, funding bodies and service providers. The remote projects are delivered in a culturally sensitive manner with consideration for local customs, traditions and cultural practices.
With a community development focus to inspire, educate, empower and unite communities through Australian Rules Football. Building the capacity of community members to drive the direction and oversee local football initiatives is the aspirational goal of each project.
Eleven Remote Development Managers (RDMs) are employed to live in these remote regions to deliver the projects.
An overview of the football themed activities delivered by the Remote Development Managers are as follows:
- Facilitating local community-based football competitions for adult males and females, youth males and females and modified junior competitions.
- Junior Game Development programs to promote AFL skill development, including school based and community wide ‘Auskick’ and ‘Thunder Juniors’ programs.
- School based football initiatives to promote school attendance, leadership, sportsmanship and teamwork. Healthy lifestyle choices, mentoring and leadership are also major components of the school-based programs along with educational support.
- The Michael Long Learning and Leadership Centre (MLLLC) - providing a conduit between the Darwin based MLLLC program and students from remote community schools. Facilitating the pre and post camp programs and assisting the selection of students for camps.
- Facilitating and managing remote community football carnivals and festivals for multiple remote community in a safe, welcoming and structured environment. Ensuring all remote community carnivals don’t impact school attendance and community harmony.
- Facilitate community-based umpiring, coaching and football administration training courses and accreditations.
- Assist in identifying talented footballers for NT state academy teams and programs for all participating age groups and genders.
- Assisting the Geelong Cats, Melbourne Demons, Hawthorn Hawks, Essendon Bombers and Collingwood Magpies Football Clubs, complete their Next Generation Academy commitments throughout the remote regions of the NT.
- Providing opportunities for local trainee positions, CDP hosted agreements and casual roles to work for AFLNT.