Football Queensland proudly supports Indigenous football throughout the state through collaboration with groups and clubs that facilitate community events and initiatives, and by promoting opportunities for Indigenous Queenslanders to join our game.
NAIDOC Week is celebrated across QLD every year, highlighting the contributions Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who are involved in all areas of our game and who currently represent 4% of our total participation base, including over 3,200 players across the state who are members of Australia’s First Nations communities.
Football Queensland encourages all clubs across Queensland to acknowledge and connect with their local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities as part of Indigenous Round celebrations held annually on the last weekend of NAIDOC Week.
NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
In 2023, NAIDOC Week is being celebrated from the 2-9 July with the theme ‘For Our Elders’. The theme focuses on acknowledging the important roles that past generations have played, and continue to play, in Indigenous and football communities.
Each year, the Queensland football community celebrates Indigenous Round as part of annual NAIDOC Week celebrations. Clubs across the state from community level to the NPL Queensland are encouraged to celebrate and engage in Indigenous Round by incorporating an Acknowledgement of Country or traditional smoking ceremony pre-match.
Heroes of Change
Let’s celebrate the many who have driven and led change in our football communities over generations – they have been the heroes and champions of change. Nominate a Hero of Change from your community to be featured.
Download and customise a range of digital graphics for use in promoting NAIDOC Week and Indigenous Round events via our Club Marketing Portal. The portal also includes Canva templates and NAIDOC Week logos.
Events & Opportunities
Register your NAIDOC Week and Indigenous Round club events and activations here. Remember to include the hashtags #NAIDOCWeek, #ForOurElders, #NAIDOC2023 & #thisisNAIDOC in your social posts.
Throughout NAIDOC Week and Indigenous Round, clubs are encouraged to run events and activations to celebrate the history and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander peoples.
SWQ Thunder Indigenous Round
SWQ Thunder is hosting an indigenous celebration as part of NAIDOC Week. Their club will wear indigenous jerseys designed by Jamie-Lee Wagner, a local Kaurareg woman. Jamie-Lee will be in attendance selling her indigenous artworks.
Date: 9 July
Time: 12:15pm – 5pm
Where: Clive Berghofer Stadium, 47 Arthur St, Toowoomba
See below some suggestions of events and activations:
Welcome to Country
Acknowledgement of Country
Social Media Promotion
Traditional Smoking Ceremony
Research Traditional Owners
NAIDOC Week Collateral
Indigenous Place Names
Club BBQ, Lunch or Morning Tea
Past Heroes of Change
Fearn was nominated for his role as Club Captain and Indigenous Ambassador at The Lakes FC where he is described as being “at the forefront of bringing together community and culture.”
Townsville Warriors FC duo Nyssa Gostynski-Leo and Summer Walters have shared the pitch for over 10 years, not only as teammates but as cousins and proud Indigenous young women.
United Warriors FC junior girls coach Renee Crilly, is described as “a beautiful mentor for all young players” and someone who lives and breathes for the club’s youth and their development.
Since taking up Walking Football, veteran referee John Hanley has been given a new lease on life. The proud Indigenous Queenslander says Walking Football has brought him back to the game he loves.
Sandfire Bulls is an all-Indigenous football club from Mount Isa. Club founder Donna Ah-One is determined to let her community know where football can take them with the recent success of the Senior Men’s team.
Sterling McQuire is a Rockhampton football legend. A former player and coach, the Darumbal/South Sea Islander man now looks after Nerimbera Football Club’s home ground, Pilbeam Park.
Tiwiwarrin was Brisbane’s first Indigenous women’s football team. One of their star players was Leonie Young (née Yow Yeh), the first Indigenous woman to represent Queensland in football.
Leonie remembers her mum, Iris Yow Yeh, the founder of Tiwiwarrin and a passionate advocate for women in sport.
17 year-old striker Victoria Owokran currently leads the Golden Boot race in the FNQ Women’s Premier League. From the Wik people of Cape York, Owokran lives in Malanda and travels more than 90 minutes three times a week to train and play for Mareeba United Football Club.
The young striker has been identified by our QAS Talent Support Program and is one to watch for the future.