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Moriarty Foundation

John Moriarty Football

Help us enable Aboriginal families and communities to unlock the potential of their children.

John Moriarty Football is a skills mastery program for 2 to 18 year olds that uses football (soccer) for talent and positive change, improving school attendance and achieving resilient, healthier outcomes in Indigenous communities.

Each week JMF reaches over 2,000 Indigenous children each week in 19 remote and regional communities in NT, Qld and NSW. We are achieving proven progress in 13 of the 17 Closing the Gap targets. 

The JMF Scholarships and Pathways initiative provides a life-changing pathway for talented young footballers aged 10-18 years in our grassroots JMF program who show exceptional sporting ability and a desire to work hard at school. The program’s inaugural scholarship holder Shadeene Evans went on to sign with W-League’s Sydney FC, was selected as a Young Matilda and named vice-captain, and was awarded the 2020 Role Model of the Year by Football Federation Australia. Shadeene also won a full academic scholarship to study social work at the University of New South Wales in Sydney.

Moriarty Foundation was founded in 2012 by Yanyuwa man John Moriarty AM - the first Indigenous footballer to be selected for Australia - and business leader, Ros Moriarty. Our programs succeed because we are Indigenous-founded, Indigenous-delivered, embedded, holistic and authentic. 


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Level 1, 61 Hume St


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