Mad for Footy was founded in the classroom to fulfil a need for inclusion and acceptance. Rolla Games co-founder Matt, a primary school teacher himself, developed the game as a way to unite his students and generate engagement, particularly from those who hadn't been exposed to Australian Rules Football previously. It allows students to learn the basic rules of footy and understand how the game is played, all while having heaps of fun in a format that is tailored to suit every skill level and ability.
"I started my career at a foundation school where students didn't have established friendship groups and came from a variety of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Although most of my students had never been exposed to AFL, I decided to introduce the game into my classroom and the results were overwhelmingly positive. It didn't take long before students from all year levels started coming to my class at lunchtimes to play the game together. Girls were playing the boys and older students were helping their younger friends. The dedicated footy fans in the group were helping to teach the rules to those new to the game. The positive impacts the game has had on my students, particularly those at-risk, is beyond anything I could have imagined."
Matt - Year 5 Primary School Teacher
Mad for Footy is the easiest and most exciting introduction to Australian Rules Football that encourages students to develop sportsmanship and social mannerisms, while promoting values or respect, inclusion and acceptance in the classroom. Our game provides a simple and effective way for teachers to get kids involved and build meaningful relationships with their peers, particularly those who don't respond as well to traditional forms of learning.
Increases children's confidence
Improves student engagement and retention
Establishes meaningful relationships
Adaptable to any ability
Suitable for students aged 7 and older
Develops sportsmanship and inclusivity