ACE and Moreton Bay United will, over the next two weekends, acknowledge the contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to our great game.
Both clubs have players and families which identify as Indigenous and for the first time our senior teams will wear special shirts as part of NAIDOC Week (July 3-10) and the Indigenous Round (July 8-10).
The shirts combine Indigenous artwork with the normal matchday colours of Albany Creek Excelsior and Moreton Bay United
Tanesha Stanley, who is a descendent from the Wakka Wakka, gungarri and Kamilario people, was delighted with the shirts.
“I love them and I’ll be very happy to wear one,” she said.
“I have never been at a club that’s done this. It’s really good to see football get on board with it.”
Tanesha also works for Deadly Choices, an organisation which helps Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make healthy life choices for themselves and their families. In Aboriginal slang, if something is ‘deadly’ it is great.
“I work with Indigenous people and this sort of acknowledgement is usually seen around the NRL. We see these sorts of designs all the time,” she said.
“But a lot of my colleagues play football, so now they are getting excited.”
Tanesha has been selected for the Sunshine Coast Goannas squad to play in Sunday’s Reconciliation Cup.
The Goannas will play a McDonald’s FQPL3 Sunshine Coast Women’s All Star team at Buderim on Sunday, kick-off 3pm.
Football Queensland (FQ) is hosting the fixture as part of the NAIDOC Celebrations across the region.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people represent 4 per cent of FQ’s participation numbers, including more than 3200 players who are members of Australia’s First Nation’s communities.
“Football is a powerful tool in bringing together communities and cultures,” FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci said.
“So, NAIDOC Week provides an important opportunity not only for FQ, but for our clubs across Queensland to acknowledge and connect with their local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities as part of Indigenous Round celebrations.”