Queensland Footy lends a hand to Oceania
Tuesday, April 07 2009 @ 05:30 am ACST
Contributed by: Rod Shaw
Not only are Queensland Australian football competitions the launching point for many young Papuans to begin their football scholarships but the local clubs have excelled in supporting the AFL PNG organisation and other parts of Oceania in other ways.
At the annual AFLPNG Junior Championships in 2008 each team that attended had their jumpers supplied by an AFL Queensland affiliated club - Redland, Noosa, Mt Gravatt, Aspley, the Brisbane Lions and Coorparoo. It's one very practical way in which individuals and clubs that are looking to support the international growth of the game have been able to make it happen.
According to a recent article, "Footy Aid", an AFLQ initiative to get football gear into the Oceania region, has seen over 2000kg of second hand (and sometimes new) jumpers, boots, footballs and general football resources filter into countries like PNG, Nauru, Samoa, Tonga and Fiji in just the last 18 months.
Congratulations from WFN to all involved and read on for the full article here Local football helps PNG
For Queenslanders interested in helping, to make donations to assist the "Footy Aid" program, please drop gear into your regional AFLQ office or contact Andrew Cadzow at firstname.lastname@example.org.