AFL Northern Territory this week opened registrations for an AFL 9s competition encouraging wider participation in the Territories most popular sport.
With 15% of all Territorians already involved in Australian Football in the Northern Territory, festivals such as the Darwin AFL 9s Football Festival offer non-traditional participants a new way to try Australia’s game in a social environment.
With the aim to bring more football in a new way to the Darwin community, the festival uses AFL9’s rules, eliminating contact and encouraging female participation by giving an extra three points to goals scored by women.
The one-day festival on March 28 2015 has already attracted significant interest from non-traditional participants and high-profile sporting identities Australia wide.
Joel Bowden, who played 265 games for the Richmond Tigers, is participating in the festival and believes AFL9’s is ideal for teens and adults who are looking for a new social sport.
‘Having played three seasons of AFL 9‘s and enjoyed the social and friendly atmosphere I highly recommend the format,’ Bowden said today.
‘Anyone interested in being part of an inclusive, fun and non contact game of footy should join a team.
‘AFL 9’s is a fun, safe and inclusive experience.’
Registrations are now open, and costs just $60 per person, with the chance of winning $2000 prize money for winning teams in each division.
Event divisions include: men’s, women’s, mixed and masters (35+).
Similar events have been highly successful in Byron Bay and Perth in 2014, with the recreational football theme gaining significant momentum nationally.
To register or find out more head to: www.darwin9s.com