Important information for 2024 Nunga Next Generation Football Carnival

Aboriginal footballers in a huddle at quarter time.

In 2024 the Tjindu Foundation will re-establish the Nunga Next Generation Junior Football Carnival in collaboration with the South Australian National Football League and funding support from the Australian Football League. This will be a great opportunity to facilitate a forum for SANFL/AFL Clubs to Participate in this carnival and will provide opportunities for our First Nations Young People to progress into AFL Club Next Generation Academies and the SANFL/AFL Diversity Talent Pathways.

First Nations Children and Young people are still underrepresented and have fewer opportunities for sporting development. At this current time, there is zero representation of First Nations young people in both the U16 and U18’s South Australian Next Generation Academy Squads and reduced opportunities for development hours through structured training and high-performance exposure.


The Tjindu Foundation is a not-for-profit, modern, Aboriginal child and young person-centred Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation. Our mission is to cultivate cultural and community wellbeing in South Australia through, cultural education programs, health, sport, schooling success and transition into tertiary education or employment pathways. The Tjindu Foundation is a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission. Tjindu has PBI and DGR status.

Nunga Next Generation

Consistent with the principles of Aboriginal self-determination the Tjindu Foundation will be responsible for the overall management of the Nunga Next Generation carnival but will be supported through in-kind and financial support from both the SANFL and AFL in the spirit of reconciliation and empowerment of First Nations Communities’. It is likely that upward of 500+ community members will be present at Thebarton throughout the carnival.

Carnival Details

The carnival will be held over the weekend of the 9th and 10th of March at Thebarton Oval, 1 Meyer Street Torrensville. Commencing early Saturday morning, the football games will resume on Sunday with the Grand Final being played late Sunday afternoon. Approximate times are as follows:

  • Saturday 9th March 8:00am-6:00pm
  • Sunday 10th March 10:00am-7:30pm

We expect to have a minimum of 6 male teams and female exhibition match’ representative of the Aboriginal Communities of South Australian Language Groups. Additionally, we will also host an All-Star Allies Team representative of First Nations Young people from language groups outside of South Australian borders.

Potential Communities for participation (this is a guide – there could be more teams register)

  • Narungga
  • Raukkan
  • Mallee Park
  • Koonibba
  • Whyalla
  • Tjindu Allies

A particular focus for registration will be on First Nations Young People born in 2009 & 2010 but extend that to enable participation to those born in 2008.

The Tjindu Foundation and SANFL will supply

  • Administration and regulation of the carnival
  • Umpires
  • SASMA & Tape> Water
  • Venue Security and Cleaning
  • Trophies and Medallions
  • Event photography and a live stream feed

Teams will be required to supply their own:

Public Safety

SANFL rules will be invoked for the carnival.
All Coaching and supporting staff will be required to have Working with Children Checks.
South Australian Sports Medicine Association will be engaged to supply Sports Trainers and St John will also be engaged to provide First Aid during the 2 days.

Carnival Inclusions

Additional bins and toilets will be sourced for the duration of the carnival. Thebarton will have a carnival atmosphere with a DJ providing music and a carnival-like atmosphere for the duration.


Registrations are now open until 8pm Thursday 29th February
For more information, please contact me on the below details.

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