Football in the Kimberley is now the largest and most participated in sport and is played in all corners of the region.
Australian Rules Football competitions have been played in Broome for over 90 years – in Kununurra and Wyndham since the mid 1970s, Halls Creek since the mid 1980s and Derby and Fitzroy Crossing since the early 1990s.
Garnduwa and the West Australian Football Commission (WAFC) have partnered for more than a decade to deliver football across the Kimberley. Together, we assisted with establishing the Kimberley Football Association (KFA), which supports the WAFC to oversee the direction of football development in the region and its board is representative of the key local stakeholders across the Kimberley.
At a senior level five football leagues (three male & two female), involving over 30 teams, play every weekend in town’s right across the Kimberley. Every weekend in the Dry Season, more than 800 senior players take to football ovals either playing in the West, Central or East Kimberley Football Leagues.
Garnduwa has provided continuous football support for remote communities and has seen football competitions such as the West Kimberley Junior Football League grow. You can read more about football in the Kimberley, including competitions, support and resources, here.
The Kimberley Spirit Football Academy provides talented footballers from across the Kimberley the opportunity to reach their potential on and off the field through high performance football camps and carnivals, along with life-skills development. Kimberley Spirit targets aspiring footballers between the ages of 12 and 19. There are 2 streams; the Under 19s Program, and the Under 16s Program.
The program was established in the early nineties, and then renamed Kimberley Spirit in the early 2000s. We are looking to evolve this program to include more opportunities for female footballers and to further strengthen education outcomes. Our goal is twofold; to develop local leaders who can grow the game at community level, and to build a structured pathway for identified, aspiring footballers to transition successfully to state and national level football. You can read more about Kimberley Spirit, including key contacts, here. You can read more about Kimberley Spirit Under 19s Pathway here and Kimberley Spirit Under 16s Pathway here.