Footballers from all around the world are to be celebrating Australia Day at a beach in Melbourne, with the National Day celebrations being a day away.
Key points:The national day of sport is now the world’s longest day of the year with over 50 countries participatingThe event will take place in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane on the day of Australia DayOn Friday, the AFL will unveil the first-ever AFL AFL Day celebrations, with games and other events taking place in the state capitals of Adelaide and BrisbaneThe AFL is holding the first annual national day celebrations for the 2018 season and is looking for ideas from the public to make it happen.
“The AFL has made it possible for us to do this and it is the perfect opportunity for us all to celebrate and remember who we are and what it means to be a part of this great nation,” AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan said.
“We are really looking forward to the day and looking forward in particular to what will be the best and most colourful day of celebrations for all of our teams.”
The event is the world first with over 52 countries taking part and will take part at the NSW National Beach in Sydney.
The event, organised by the AFL and the Australian Sports Commission, will take over the NSW State Beach from Friday afternoon, with events and entertainment to follow.
The NSW Government is also encouraging the public in the states to make a donation to the Australian Sport Commission.
“This will help the Australian Government make sure our game is funded,” Ms McLachlary said.
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