AFL Hunter Central Coast partners with AFL Vanuatu
AFL Hunter Central Coast, along with AFL North Coast and AFL North West NSW, are pleased to announce an International Community Partnership with AFL Vanuatu. This partnership should bring some great benefits to all three Northern NSW AFL Leagues and to AFL Vanuatu.
In the early 2000’s, AFL Vanuatu, through Australian ex pats, formed a local committee which was formally recognised by the AFL.
Currently AFL Vanuatu operates mainly in the capital city of Port Vila with a small presence in Luganville, the main city of Espirito Santo (the largest of the islands) and the second largest city in Vanuatu.
Currently AFL Vanuatu has the following AFL programs:
- Senior Men’s competition – 6 teams
- Senior Women’s competition – 3 teams
- Primary school competition – over 20 schools (over 2000 children annually)
- Secondary school competition – over 7 schools (over 600 youth annually)
- Disabled school program in conjunction with Education department
- Pikinini Kik (Auskick) – community-based program that has between 70-120 children each week
- Under 15 team that participates in the South Pacific championships in Fiji annually
As part of the International Community Partnership, AFL Vanuatu are committed to facilitating an opportunity each year, for youth aged players across AFL HCC, AFL North Coast and AFL North West, to participate in a football and cultural experience in Vanuatu. This opportunity would be player/participant funded and could include games against similar aged players from Vanuatu, cultural experiences to gain insight into the culture of the Ni-Van people, as well as other tourist activities.
AFL Hunter Central Coast, AFL North West and AFL North Coast will commit to a yearly fundraiser that will see funds going towards the growth and development of footy in Vanuatu. Clubs can also donate any old/unused football apparel and/or equipment to the footy clubs of Vanuatu.
AFL Vanuatu currently have a GoFundMe page set up to raise funds for their youth U15 team to participate in the South Pacific Championships in Fiji (December 2019). If you wanting to donate to their trip, you can click here for more information.
Clubs across all three Leagues can also have an opportunity to host AFL Vanuatu players, as well as benefit from some travel packages for teams/groups wishing to travel over to the island nation. It is hoped that any groups travelling over from the Northern NSW area, will have the opportunity to meet and pass on some footy skills to the those playing our great game in Vanuatu.