Football Queensland proudly supports Indigenous football throughout the state through collaboration with groups that facilitate community events and initiatives, and by promoting opportunities for Indigenous Queenslanders to join our game.
Indigenous events and initiatives supported throughout the year include:
NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. In 2021, NAIDOC Week was celebrated between 4 – 11 July with the theme ‘Heal Country, heal our nation’.
Football Queensland integrated NAIDOC Week concepts into competitions and published a suite of content to Recognise, Protect and Maintain Aboriginal and Torres Straight Island culture and heritage.
Indigenous Round was held across all football competitions in the state from Friday, 9 July to Sunday, 11 July in celebration of NAIDOC Week.
To support clubs in their NAIDOC Week celebrations, FQ created a suite of social media templates for clubs to use in promoting their fixtures, results and club events, which are available to download from FQ’s Club Marketing Portal.
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.