Sports Clubs celebrating NAIDOC Week 2022
6 July 2022
Community sports clubs have a huge part to play in shaping the culture of our communities, including creating inclusive environments for indigenous participation.
NAIDOC Week events are being held across the country to celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
We’ve curated a list of celebrations hosted by sports clubs across the country (let us know if your club isn’t on the list at [email protected]):
- Wembley Junior Football Club: Annual NAIDOC Celebration 2022 featuring Girls Football Under Lights and Wadumbah Aboriginal Dance Group.
- Bunbury Barbarians Junior Rugby Union Club: 2-day junior rugby carnival featuring welcome to country and smoking ceremony.
- Manning Rippers Football Club: Annual Community Day & NAIDOC Week featuring welcome to country and smoking ceremony.
- Coolbinia Bombers JFC: NAIDOC Week Celebration featuring smoking ceremony and dance.
- Piara Waters Senior Football Club– Inaugural NAIDOC round featuring welcome to country by Barry Winmar, Whadjuk Noongar Elder and smoking ceremony.
- Coolbellup Football Club: NAIDOC Round featuring Welcome to country indigenous dance/instruments.
- Fremantle Cockburn Hockey Club: Welcome to Country and traditional dance
- Onslow Sports Club: Celebration and sausage sizzle
- ECU Jets Sports Club: NAIDOC celebration with ECU Student Guild
- Thornlie Football and Sports Club: NAIDOC week celebrations
- Applecross Mount Pleasant Junior Football Club: NAIDOC Week celebrations
- Gingin Football Club: NAIDOC Week celebrations
- Ellenbrook Dockers JFC: NAIDOC Week event featuring Welcome to country and smoking ceremony.
- JD Hardie Youth and Community Hub: NAIDOC Week Super SLAM Basketball
- Footscray Hockey Club: NAIDOC Week Family Day featuring Wurundjeri Willam Elder Ian Hunter’s didgeridoo performance (yidaki), Mabu Mabu tasking platters/presentation and Wildlife XPosure native animal display.
- Caroline Springs Football Club: NAIDOC Week celebration featuring traditional smoking ceremony
- St Mary’s Senior Football Netball Club: Women in Sport NAIDOC Week Event featuring presentation by footy legend Nicky Winmar.
- Pakenham Eels Rugby League Club: Welcome to country, smoking ceremony, Animals of Oz show and a ‘dance off’ to music by indigenous artists.
- Monbulk Rangers Soccer Club: Celebrating NAIDOC Week
- Coburg Football Club: NAIDOC Week celebration featuring welcome to country address by Wurundjeri Elder Bill Nicholson.
- Natimuk United Football Netball Club: NAIDOC Week celebrations
- St. Kilda PCYC: NAIDOC Week 3-on-3 Bball challenge
- Melbourne Tigers Basketball: First Nations Round and fundraiser.
- Melbourne University Women’s Football Club: Launching First Nations Education, Celebration and Action Plan, held a First Nations Round, jumper designed by players, held education and a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony, and had a fundraiser for Djirra.
- Nambour Yandina United Soccer Club: Annual NAIDOC Week event.
- Coomera Soccer Club: NAIDOC Community Event featuring Musical and dance performances, info stalls and kids activities.
- Sunshine Coast Goanna’s and Sunshine Coast Women’s All-Stars play an exhibition match
- The Lakes FC: NAIDOC celebration
- Adelaide Lutheran Sports Club and Adelaide Junior Bulldogs: NAIDOC Week celebrations featuring welcome to country and smoking ceremony.
Echunga Football Club: NAIDOC Week celebration
- Riverside Olympic Football Club: Celebrating NAIDOC Week at the Kanga Cup.
New South Wales
- Berkeley Vale Rugby League & Sports Club: NAIDOC Week Celebration
- St. George Illawarra and The Disability Trust hosting NAIDOC NRL All-Abilities Skills Clinic
- Coniston FC: NAIDOC Week celebration
- Eureka FC: NAIDOC Week celebration featuring Welcome to country and smoking ceremony
- Warriors Basketball Club: Warriors NAIDOC Basketball Tournament
Let us know if your club should be on the list at [email protected]
Community sporting clubs have an opportunity to become allies for and with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities. For clubs that want to do more, here are practical tips to make clubs more inclusive: https://clubrespect.org.au/steps-towards-reconciliation-in-community-sport-clubs/