AFL to feature in Sikh Games for first time in 31 years
For the first time in their 31-year history, the 2018 Australian Sikh Games will include AFL in their event to be held at the end of this month in Sydney.
Register for the 2018 Australian Sikh Games as a team or as an individual.
The annual Australian Sikh Games are a sporting and cultural event for the Australian Sikh community and have been running in Australia since 1987. Players and spectators from all over the country and overseas, including New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Canada and the UK participate in a wide array of traditional Indian and Australian sporting events.
The Games draw crowds of up to 50, 000 – 60,000 people over three days and are surrounded by the excitement of entertainment, food stalls and fun for the whole family.
The focus of the Games is to not only bring people with a passion for sport together, but also to present an occasion for the wider community to celebrate its unique cultural identity, as Sikhs and as Australians.
As a part of a three-year partnership, AFL 9s will be played at the Games- a more accessible and non-contact version of the traditional game for new players. A NAB AFL Auskick clinic will also run during the Games for any younger players interested in AFL.
The GWS GIANTS are also supporting the games, with players who sign up to teams, offered tickets to GIANTS matches of their choice throughout the year.
AFL NSW/ACT Multicultural Programs Manager, Nickie Flambouras said she is incredibly excited to be involved.
“The AFL is honoured to be a part of the Australian Sikh Games for the first time ever,” said Flambouras.
“The opportunity to connect with the Sikh and broader Indian community is something we have been working towards for a few years.
“We look forward to being involved in the sporting tournament for the next three years, and welcome new and returning players to our game.”
Where – Crest Sporting Complex, Bass Hill
When – Saturday, March 31, 2018
Participants – Males and Females, 16 years and over. Each team must be made up of 65% players of Indian background – the remainder of the team must be made up of people who are born overseas or who have parents born overseas and speak English as a second language