- Aussie Rules International
Aussie Rules International (ARI) promotes and develops the sport of
Australian rules footballinternationally. Committed to working with all stakeholders to assist the international growth of the sport, its focus is on:
* Conducting junior clinics and school competitions
* Providing footballs, uniforms and other resources to international leagues and clubs
* Conducting development visits, especially in new and developing countries;
* Assisting with staging international tournaments, and
* Raising awareness of Australian football and the AFL competition.
ARI acknowledges the
Australian Football League's (AFL) role as both the keeper of the code and the world governing body of Australian football.
As a development body, ARI looks forward to assisting the AFL and international bodies to identify and tap into the many opportunities and revenue streams that exist outside Australia.
Aussie Rules UK
Aussie Rules UKIn 2005, ARI secured a government grant through Sport Englandto introduce Aussie Rules as a sport into schools in an effort to combat the growing obesityepidemic and build stronger communities through youth participation. A successful pilot began at Carshalton Boys School in 2003. The school eventually replaced soccer with Aussie rules in their curriculum for 2005. Also in 2005, the Thamesbridge College (Lions) and the Kew College (Crows) contested during the half-time break at an exhibition match in London between the West Coast Eaglesand Fremantle Football Clubin front of a strong crowd of 19,000. A second game also included Carshalton College.
During 2005, 13 schools were trialled, with over 1,000 children participating in clinics and 4 schools entering teams in the
London Youth Games, which is the largest youth sport event of its kind in Europe.
Australian Convictsare a touring Australian amateur side, that has played Australian Rules matches in Europe (2003) and South Africa (2005).
Touch Aussie Rules
Touch Aussie Rulesis a non-contact version of Australian football that is currently played in London, UK.
EU Cuptook place in London on 9th October 2005. The EU Cup was played under the rules of 9-a-side football (full contact) on fields conforming to standardised Rugby or Soccer dimensions (approx 100m x 65m). The primary intention of the tournament was to showcase Aussie Rules with a reduction in the number of players, held on sporting fields that are readily found in nearly every corner of Europe; without any loss in the excitement, skill or quality of the 18-a-side version of the game. The competing teams were Israel, Catalonia, Germany, Belgium, Austria, England, Sweden Scotland, France and the Netherlands. Belgium defeated Sweden in the grand final.
The Australian Football
Multicultural Cupwas held in Melbourne, Australia in 2004 & 2005 as part of Harmony Day. The aim of the event is twofold: 1. to celebrate Melbourne's ethnic diversity and harmony, and 2. use the sport of Australian football, as Australia's only indigenous sport, to break down cultural and ethnic barriers. We may come from many different backgrounds but we are all Australians.
A third aim is to use both the high profiles of the teams and contacts made during the event to generate interest in developing the game in the respective countries. Competing teams have included Australia, Israel, Lebanon, Croatia, Samoa, Tonga, Vietnam, Turkey, Greece, Italy and the United Nations (a team of asylum seekers from 9 different countries).
* [http://www.aussierulesinternational.com Aussie Rules International website]
* [http://www.aussieruleseurope.com Aussie Rules Europe website]
* [http://www.aussierulesuk.com Aussie Rules UK website]
* [http://www.aussieruleswales.com Aussie Rules Wales website]
* [http://www.aussierulespacific.com Aussie Rules Pacific website]
* [http://www.theconvicts.com Australian Convicts website]
* [http://www.touchaussierules.com Touch Aussie Rules website]
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