Exciting news! Touch Football Australia (TFA) and the Regional Enterprise Development Institute (REDI.E) have come together to announce the highly anticipated return of the National Indigenous Touch Football Knockout (NITFKO) to Dubbo, NSW this November. This event holds immense significance as it attracts teams and individuals from all over Australia, promoting health messages and fostering physical activity within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, all while creating a lively and social atmosphere.
But wait, there's more! Participants will have the opportunity to compete for a total prize pool of $10,000, adding an extra layer of excitement to the tournament.
TFA's Chief Executive Officer, Jamie O'Connor, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, "The NITFKO plays a vital role in TFA's Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), leveraging the accessibility and popularity of Touch Football to foster a sense of community, inclusivity, enjoyment, and reconciliation." O'Connor also emphasized the importance of driving positive change and taking a leading role in making a difference in the community, especially considering the current 9% indigenous participation rate in Touch Football.
Managing Director of REDI.E, Peter Gibbs, highlighted the event's significance within the Indigenous community. "REDI.E is proud to once again collaborate with TFA to present the NITFKO, a highly anticipated event within our sporting community," Gibbs expressed. He further emphasized that the aim of the NITFKO is to foster community, inclusive participation, enjoyment, and reconciliation, recognizing the power of sports to bring people together.
Gibbs extended a heartfelt invitation to teams, urging them to embrace the spirit of the event by ensuring a minimum of 70% Indigenous players on their rosters. This unique opportunity not only allows participants to compete but also provides a chance to build community bonds and work towards reconciliation, all within a single weekend. It's a testament to the transformative potential of sports as a unifying force.
It's important to note that the NITFKO welcomes non-Indigenous participants as well, with each team allowed to include up to 30% non-Indigenous players. This inclusive approach reflects the event's commitment to creating an environment where diversity is celebrated, and relationships are nurtured.
Registrations are now open across various divisions, including Mixed Opens, Mixed Under 16's, and Mixed Under 12's. So, mark your calendars! The 2023 National Indigenous Touch Football Knockout will take place from November 4th to 5th, 2023, at the esteemed Katrina Gibbs Oval in Dubbo, NSW. Get ready for a weekend filled with spirited competition, unity, and unforgettable moments on and off the field.
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