Via Sport's Story
Our journey commenced with a pilot AFL Program in December 2016 in a rural village, Tanah Beru in South Sulawesi, Indonesia. At the time, our founders were participating in an Australian and Indonesian government collaboration, ‘the Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP)'. Over the course of just four weeks, we were able to implement AFL within the sporting curriculum of local high schools, and successfully develop meaningful relationships with the community.
In setting up our program, our team was careful to conduct pre and post implementation surveys as a means of evaluating our pilot AFL program. Our results demonstrated the program's ability to increase participation in sport by female students, and raise awareness and positive attitudes about Australia.
Tanah Beru, South Sulawesi
Setting up our newly designed score board.
Since the completion of the initial pilot, we have also run a pilot AFL program in Mumbai, India, through support from the Australia-India Institute at the University of Melbourne. In this pilot, we cultivated relationships with AFL India, the Essendon Football Club and Australian Football International (AFI).
Through these experiences, we have discovered the potential of our programs in creating opportunities for young people, including from disadvantaged communities, to participate in sport, and to develop meaningful people-to-people links between varying cultures.