The KickStart Championships use football as a vehicle for participation, education and health outcomes for Indigenous participants. The weeklong round robin championships (Male Diversity Championships) provides a pathway into the Flying Boomerangs national program. In addition to their football development, the program provides cultural identity and leadership sessions to assist their personal development. The Championships also engages Indigenous umpires and coaches to fast-track their personal development.
The Program Experience
Callum AhChee, 2011 Kickstart Participant, now playing for the Gold Coast Suns:
The Kickstart Champs is where my footy journey started to kick off. It was definitely one of my favourite footy camps. We flew to Gold Coast (which is quite coincidental) not knowing how we were gonna go. We left the coast as close knit brothers with the Kickstart trophy in hand. The bonds I formed with the boys were unbelievable. The champs helped massively to get to where I am today and I can't thank everyone who was involved enough. It definitely bettered me as a leader on and off the field and from then on it put me in good stead for my future in football. I'll never forget the influence it had on me as a person and footballer. The week at the Kickstart Champs gave me a lot of confidence in my ability to push out of my comfort zone and it became much easier travelling interstate with different teams in the future. I'll never forget that trip and the boys I played alongside.
HOW CAN YOU BE INVOLVED?
Participants at the Kickstart Championships have been selected through their state kickstart selection trails. To find out more about your state selection trials please contact your state AFL Indigenous Programs manager.