The AFL Indigenous talent pathway is designed to help future role models and champions of tomorrow succeed in the AFL. The Queensland State Manager identifies young talent and selects participants to represent Queensland in the AFL National Indigenous Program. Each state selects a team of 25 under 15 players to take part in a round robin tournament in the U15 National Kickstart Championships. At the Championships young players display their talent in the hope of being selected to join the national Indigenous Flying Boomerangs Squad. The Boomerangs squad go on to compete overseas in an International Tour either in South Africa or in the Oceania and South Pacific Regions.
The Flying Boomerangs Program is a personal development and leadership program for Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander males. The program aims to provide participants with the most chances of being exposed to an elite football environment.
Kickstart Championships / All Nation Championships
The National Diversity Championships encompass the National U15 Kickstart and the National U15 All Nations Cup. The Diversity Championships are an important pathway for our Diversity Programs, it provides talented participants for our Flying Boomerangs and World Team squads, umpires for our umpiring academies, and coaches for our coaching academy which is a unique opportunity to strengthen our game with people from culturally diverse backgrounds. The Championships sees over 200 participants from Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural backgrounds come together and compete at the week-long tournament, with an additional 70 plus Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural coaches, umpires, managers, physios and trainers as support staff.
- The KickStart Championships provides players with an opportunity to test themselves against the best emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander players from around the country at Under 15 level. The best performing players will be selected for the national Indigenous Flying Boomerangs squad.
- The All Nations Cup is a feature event of the year for the Australia Post AFL Multicultural program and all six teams competing feature players from multicultural backgrounds, with each state represented. To be eligible for the All Nations Cup Squad, players must have been born overseas and come from a non-English speaking background. The junior multicultural stars form the basis of selection for the Australian players in the World Team which will compete in the NAB AFL Under 16 Championships.