Transitioning into the AFL: Indegenous Football Players' Perspectives

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Campbell, Emma E and Sonn, Christopher (2009) Transitioning into the AFL: Indegenous Football Players' Perspectives. Athletic Insight: The Online Journal of Sport Psychology, 11 (3). ISSN 1947-6299


Sport plays an important part in Indigenous culture, politics is an important part, sport’s important, and it brings the community together. On some communities it is a matter of life and death. It’s what our programs bring, being part, participating in football, community being involved, raising awareness on alcohol and drugs, health issues, very important part in how we can make an impact on Australia. Football is such a powerful tool, it’s one thing Indigenous people love, that’s football, not saying it’s going to change our world, but geez we’ve got something there that can attract the kids, families and can change an ecosystem, make an impact on all different levels. We’ve got players, Indigenous players that are powerful tools; they are seen as heroes, role models. They can have an impact through a leather ball. (Michael Long, AFL Ambassador, cited in Roberts, 2005).

Item type Article
ISBN 1947629915360431
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Historical > FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Historical > SEO Classification > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Keywords ResPubID18217. AFL, Australian football, Australian Rules, Indigenous football players, Aboriginal peoples, Australian Aboriginal culture
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