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AFL Canberra lends helping hand to Maningrida

26 October 2018

The Maningrida community is set to receive a very-welcomed gift consisting of donated football gear thanks to a generous initiative coordinated by AFL Canberra.
AFL Canberra are currently coordinating a footy gear drive from October 24 to November 12 to support the growing football programs in Maningrida, and are seeking donations of equipment such as boots of all sizes, footballs and complete sets of jumpers (full sets) from Canberra residents, to give to the West Arnhem community.
It is very well-known that the Maningrida community is very passionate about AFL football, having around 8 -10  teams each season in the local competition as well as playing games in various festivals and carnivals around Arnhem Land.
The school-aged children spend countless hours kicking the footy at every opportunity including recess and lunch.  
One of the challenges, however, is that most kids and a large proportion of the seniors do not have footy boots to play in and enough footballs to train with.
The focus for the Maningrida community is to have a vibrant, positive football environment for men, women and children.  
And, access to equipment greatly enhances the ability to provide such a service. 
The AFLNT team are in the process of establishing a formal junior school competition and a women’s competition as well as supporting the men’s. 
It is expected that there will be 200-300 participants once all three competitions are up and running.