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A new community-based board of management will be established by SANFL in the APY Lands to work on a plan to see the suspended Far North West Sports League resume.
Following a meeting at SANFL in Adelaide with representatives from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, which funds the competition, it was decided a six-member board comprising representatives of Indigenous communities from all regions of the remote APY Lands be formed immediately to decide on the competition’s future.
SANFL Community Football Manager Matt Duldig said a priority was to get the community involved in finding a solution to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for all participants in the league.
“It’s important that we establish this board to work closely with the community in developing a plan to put an end to violence, which will be necessary if games are to recommence this year,” Mr Duldig said.
SANFL earlier this month indefinitely suspended the FNWSL, which includes a football and softball competition, following disturbing on and off field violence at matches.
SANFL will work with stakeholders, including the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, over the next week to identify suitable candidates for the new board.
Education sessions also will follow for players and coaches in remote communities to help address the behavioural issues.
The FNWSL, spanning an area of 200,000 square kilometres, comprises nine football and softball teams throughout the APY Lands and was expanded to 10 teams this year with the introduction of NT-based Mutitjulu.
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