JWFF Set to Visit Darwin

The Johnny Warren Football Foundation is pleased to announce it will be holding its next Indigenous Community Program camp in Darwin on March 24th/25th. JWFF’s visit will see it reach out to Indigenous communities in the top end for the first time.

Working with its community partner, Coerver Coaching Australia, and with the help of the Indigenous Soccer Academy, JWFF will deliver the camp to an estimated 350 children over both days. This is set to be the Foundation’s largest camp to date.

JWFF CEO, Lisa Middlebrook, was looking forward to visiting the Top End and says this shows the strong ambitions of the Foundation and its program. “We are very excited about our first trip to the Territory,” Middlebrook said.

She added “it is our aim to provide a great introduction to football for Indigenous children, and with the help of our partners Coerver Coaching and ISA, we are developing a quality program for the Darwin area.”

The Foundation is also able to announce it will be joined by Young Matilda’s midfielder, Ruth Wallace with Lisa saying, “We are pleased to welcome Ruth and we are confident she will inspire these kids to be active and enjoy football.” 

Jason Lancsar, Vice President of Coerver Asia Pacific, will be leading the camp on the weekend and was equally excited, saying “We are delighted to be working with players and coaches in the Northern Territory. During the clinics the Coerver instructors will work through our world recognised pyramid of player development with a focus on fun and inclusion for all involved.

“The clinics we conduct for the JWFF are a core part of our business and a project we all at Coerver Coaching feel very strongly about,” he added. 

The Foundation has worked closely with the Indigenous Soccer Academy (ISA) for this camp, with ISA assisting JWFF in getting the local community members on board and identifying children to undertake JWFF coaching clinics.

Bobby Wright, Director of ISA, said he could not wait for JWFF to visit Darwin and saw the clinics as a way to improve the lives of many youngsters in the area. “Engaging children is one of the most important factors in creating tomorrow’s leaders,” he said. “Soccer is used to inspire participants to choose constructive pathways for themselves,” he added.

“We will be providing participants of all ages, ability, and gender, the opportunity to experience and participate in a wide variety of indoor and outdoor activities. Through these experiences, participates will develop positive attitudes towards a physically active lifestyle, and how to nurture relationships with their peers, and improve their self-esteem and leadership skills,” Wright said.

Bagot Community Centre will be the venue for the first day’s action while JWFF will then visit Kormilda College on Sunday. JWFF will also be hosting a coach’s mentoring session for 20 community members, continuing its commitment to deliver high quality coaching courses to Indigenous communities.

 A full schedule for the weekend is available on request and media attending are asked to contact the Foundation on (02) 8116 9745 or

The Johnny Warren Football Foundation works with underprivileged youth throughout Australia and has a focus on introducing the Indigenous population to the game. The Foundation also works with the Football Federation of Australia (FFA) to help produce tomorrow’s superstars thought their National Skills Acquisition Program (NSAP).

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