AFL Northern Territory (AFLNT) and the Adelaide Football Club has welcomed a decision by the Northern Territory Government (NTG) to increase its commitment to the Adelaide Crows AFL Women's team.
Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss today announced that the Labor Government had doubled the team's funding to $300,000 over two years.
"This is an extremely exciting time for women's football, not just in the Northern Territory, but across the entire country," Ms Moss said.
"Today's announcement comes on the back of our $700,000 commitment to improving change room facilities at TIO Stadium for women.
"The Northern Territory Government is proud to be an inaugural sponsor of such an exciting concept and I look forward to seeing the development of our nine NT-based footballers who have made the Adelaide Crows AFL Women's squad."
All the women who represent the Adelaide Football Club will wear a piece of the NT when they run out for the inaugural season next year. On the back of the official guernseys, above the player number, will be the flag of the Northern Territory to represent the involvement the NTG and AFL based programs in the Territory have had in forming the joint Adelaide Football Club/AFLNT license.
AFLNT CEO Michael Solomon said he was excited by the NTG's commitment to encouraging female football in the Territory.
"Our female participation numbers have increased dramatically in the last year. We are up 23% and now have more than 13,000 participants around the Territory.
"When it comes to having active females in the community it is great to see we are on the same page as the Government. Their support, particularly in female football, is very welcome," Solomon said. The Crows AFL Womens team also has the support of the South Australian Government as well as comajor partners Harris Scarfe and Workskil and partner Thomas Farms.