Published on June 7, 2018 2:49 pm

The Great African-Australian Football Story

A host of African community members have gathered at IKON Park for the inaugural Great African-Australian Football Story event on Wednesday.

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In celebration of the end of Africa Month, the new initiative was created to highlight the contribution the African community has made to the game of AFL and the important role Australian Football plays in the lives of the African community.

Over 70 community football players, coaches, umpires and community ambassadors gathered to be a part of the event, which saw participants enjoy a host of activities including live music, football activations, BBQ and take part in an historic African community football photo.

African-born AFL players Jason Johannisen (Western Bulldogs FC) and Changkuoth Jiath (Hawthorn FC) were in attendance to show their support for the new initiative and meet the next generation of African AFL participants.

In Victoria, the African community makes up an important section of the community football landscape with over 500 players playing in local leagues across the state and over 70 players in our NAB AFL Auskick program.

For more information on AFL Victoria’s Diversity Programs, visit aflvic.com.au/multicultural

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