About the project

The Melbourne Football Club is committed to building meaningful and lasting relationships with Indigenous communities. The club's connection to the Northern Territory goes back many years and we have played AFL matches in the NT since 2010.


Some of the key highlights that have emerged from the club's engagement activities with Indigenous communities include:


  • Football clinics and education sessions, facilitated by our male and female players for Indigenous communities in the NT, to increase participation in football and to promote healthy lifestyle and diet
  • Working with Melbourne University Trachoma Centre to reduce and eliminate Trachoma incidences (since 2012) – educating young Indigenous children that clean faces promote good eye health 
  • In 2017, MFC received the Alice Springs zone for the Melbourne Football Club Academy, which provides a pathway for junior Indigenous football talent.
  • The MFC Reconciliation Action Plan launched in 2017
  • The first MFC Staff Cultural Immersion Program conducted in May 2017. 
  • The MFC is partnered with the Redtails Football Club in Alice Springs, which aims to drive change in the Central Australia community – click here for more information.
  • Alice Springs Academy Squad (development sessions and trip to Melbourne to play against Victorian Academy Squads)
  • In 2018, round 10 v Adelaide Crows in Alice Springs launches Sir Doug Nicholls Round – click here for more information
  • Invested in a feasibility study to assess the viability of re-greening Santa Teresa Oval


Reconciliation Action Plan


The club's Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) was launched at the Koorie Heritage Trust at Federation Square on Wednesday, July 19, 2017. The RAP is a business plan that documents what an organisation commits to and will contribute to reconciliation in Australia. It is an actionable, living document and together with Reconciliation Australia this is reviewed and reported on annually. To download the full document please click here.

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