Development

African Footy AFLDEVELOPMENT

Australian Football has been played in South Africa since 1998.

The potential in Africa is enormous, but that potential will only ever be realized with the appointment of full-time Development staff.

AFI is currently seeking funding to enable the appointment of two full-time Development personnel – a Regional Manager and a Development Manager. The funding will cover their wages, office space, vehicle, travel expenses and resources such as footballs and jumpers.

Both staff will be based in Johannesburg in South Africa. Joburg is the central hub of southern Africa, with excellent transport links to the entire region. Further, it is also possible to also drive from Joburg to the capitals of Botswana, Mozambique, Swaziland and Lesotho.

Both staff will be appointed for 3 years, with a focus on growing the game in southern Africa. A key part of their role will be to undertake Development Visits to new countries.

These Development Visits will be crucial in both creating awareness of the game and meeting key stakeholders such as government, corporate and local media. Typically they will involve the following activities:

  • Running coaching clinics in primary & secondary schools
  • Running coaching clinics in universities
  • Running accreditation courses for coaches and sports teachers
  • Building relationships with key stakeholders including government and media
  • Creating employment outcomes by the recruitment of development staff in each country

AFI Africa Development personnel will also organise two key annual events:
AFI Africa Championship – involving national teams from countries in southern Africa
AFI Africa Combine – involving talented players from all over Africa

Using sport as a powerful social tool, our aim is to make a positive difference to the health and well-being of both children and adults in Africa. It is well known that sport provides a powerful focus for social development at the community level. We have an opportunity to not only develop the game in Africa, but to also make a positive contribution to the lives of many.

If you are interested in supporting AFI Africa please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.

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