This is an open invitation to join a very special tour that I am organising – a tour of India to play and teach footy while raising funds for Reclink Australia and footy development in India.
Footy is close to my heart for a number of reasons – a passion that runs in my family (Go Cats), a sport that I love to play but most importantly a powerful medium for change and wellbeing. I’ve witnessed this (and experienced it for myself) in many settings, from suburban Melbourne, to Indigenous communities in outback Australia, to the slums of Mumbai.
My interest in promoting footy is not for footy’s sake. My interest lies in using footy as a tool to engage different communities across the socio-economic spectrum, most especially those at the lower end of the spectrum who often have limited opportunities to enjoy sport and to interact with people outside their own network. Indeed, this aim is one of the goals of AFL India and Reclink Australia and features in both organisations’ mission statements.
The forthcoming tour will give people the opportunity to participate in footy clinics, help with the running of the National Australian Rules Football Tournament of India and to see some amazing sights and cities of India along the way. The tour aims to increase recreational opportunities in local communities in India and Australia: directly through the involvement of tour participants in footy events while on the tour; and by way of financial support, with all tour proceeds going to Reclink Australia and AFL India.
The tour runs from 8 November to 17 November and takes in five significant cities of India (including the Taj Mahal), so in between footy-related events there will be travel and sightseeing to enjoy.
The full tour itinerary including prices is available online.
Go Cats and Go Footy!