Australian Rules Football (footy) is the oldest indigenous sport in Australia. It is the most popular sport in Australia, exceeding cricket and all other sports. Footy is played by both males and females ranging from junior leagues for under 10 year olds to Masters leagues for over 50 year olds.Our national program, Reclink India, provides recreational opportunities for young men and women from a wide range of backgrounds , including the opportunity to learn and play Australian Rules Football.
The program started as a street game in Mumbai in 2011 by Lincoln Harris then resident in Mumbai, Sumesh Savant at that time a chai-wallah and now General Manager of Reclink India; and Rhan Harris a Reclink Australia ambassador and football coach.
Inspired by his work helping disadvantaged people in Australia , Gavin Crosisca a former professional footballer and who has played at the highest level has returned for the third time to promote the game in India.
This years Carnival held in Jaipur will have 200 interstate players made up of junior and senior, boys and girls, in addition ,100 local players will compete.
Our schools footy program is currently running in Punjab, UP, Bihar, Rajasthan, Maharastra, Delhi, and Chattisgarh. The average number of weekly participants nationwide now averages 5000.
The school program is run in government schools which have limited access to physical education.
It has been observed that the introduction of footy has been enthusiastically received and has lead to improved health and education outcomes.
The Indian program is funded by Reclink Australia , an Australian not-for-profit, through contributions from The Phillips Foundation and India Unbound , an Australian travel company.
The All India Footy Carnival takes place this Saturday 6 Oct at Chaugan Stadium and on Sunday 7 Oct at University of Rajasthan ground.