Sunday Territorian - - OPINION -

shows 28,484 par­tic­i­pants are from non-metropoli­tan ar­eas in­clud­ing Alice Springs and re­mote re­gions like East and West Arn­hem, Barkly and Kather­ine.

NT cen­sus fig­ures show cricket has 24,138 par­tic­i­pants and 8954 reg­is­tered play­ers and NT Par­tic­i­pa­tion sta­tis­tics note that 33 per cent of lo­cal crick­eters are in­dige­nous.

Soc­cer play­ers aged 4-11 are also part of the na­tion­wide ini­tia­tive ALDI MiniRoos that uses short, game-based ses­sions to in­tro­duce the sport of foot­ball to new­com­ers in an in­clu­sive way.

About 220,000 chil­dren na­tion­ally take part in ALDI MiniRoos that is de­liv­ered by more than 1600 lo­cal foot­ball clubs.

Good luck to all the par­ents and kids get­ting back on the pitch this week­end.

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