Multicultural Schools Program

The primary objective of the AFL Multicultural Program is to assist migrant and refugee communities to access Australian football whether as a player, fan, coach, administrator or umpire.

With this in mind a Multicultural Program has been established within the AFL Game Development department and AFL Football Clubs to achieve this objective. We want Australian Football to be a vehicle that encourages community strengthening and inclusion within the wider Australian community.

How the Multicultural Schools Program works:

The Multicultural schools program is a minimum six week program that is conducted with students from Primary (Grades 3 – 6) and Secondary Schools (Years 7 – 10).

It consists of weekly clinics conducted by Multicultural Development Officers, based on basic footy skills and also key educational themes:

Skills Focus

  • Handballing
  • Kicking
  • Marking
  • An introduction to umpiring
  • AFL 9s matches


  • Fair Play
  • Respect
  • Teamwork
  • Harmony
  • Leadership
  • Optional Program additions
  • Club Tour
  • Visit to the National Sports Museum and the MCG
  • Tickets and half time experience

Optional program addtions

  • Club tour
  • Visit to the National Sports Museum and the MCG
  • Tickets and half time experience

Each registered student participating in the multicultural schools program during the AFL season is to receive tickets to an AFL football game

A selected number of students to be selected and participate in a grid game at halftime at either the MCG or Etihad Stadium


All schools involved in the program will be offered an opportunity to participate in a one day regional carnival which will be conducted by the Multicultural Development Officer.

Winners of the regional carnival will proceed to the State final which will be held in term four

Giveaways/Prizes (Club Specific)

A number of giveaways and prizes will be given out during the program