NRL Launch 2022 Indigenous Round
The National Rugby League (NRL) today launched its 2022 NRL Indigenous Round, building on the NRL’s commitment theme to the Pass Back. Move Forward.
The NRL’s annual Indigenous Round aims to encourage players and fans to recognise that a greater understanding of Indigenous history and culture is crucial in creating a more united future.
This year’s Indigenous Round is delivered by DoorDash, who are donating $50,000 to the NRL’s School to Work program, which supports young Indigenous Australians by providing them with work experience, mentoring and leadership opportunities to help them successfully complete school and transition into further study, training or employment.
Furthermore, throughout the week and across all eight Round 12 matches (26-29 May), each venue will be preceded by traditional welcome ceremonies, performances and celebrations of Indigenous culture.
The entire 16 NRL clubs will also wear specially designed jerseys for the round that is inspired by Indigenous art and storytelling.
Australian Rugby League commission chairman, Peter V’landys AM, said: “The NRL Indigenous Round reminds us that we need to continue learning about, celebrating and enhancing Indigenous culture in our game.”
“It’s a time to celebrate what Indigenous players have given to Rugby League, but also to recognise and understand the challenges Indigenous communities have faced, and continue to face,” said V’landy’s
ARL commissioner professor, Megan Davis, said Rugby League plays an important role in promoting unity and equality.
“As a game, we bring communities and cultures together,” Davis said.
“We are breaking down barriers and we are leading the debate for equality.
“The Commission understands the importance of this role and will never undervalue it,” said Davis.
NRL CEO, Andrew Abdo, said the development of programs and pathways for Indigenous players, coaches and administrators is a strong priority.
“Indigenous representation in Rugby League continues to be strong, but we need to create even more pathways and leadership opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.”
“Passionate and talented Indigenous athletes have helped shape the game for decades, we owe it to them to keep building our programs and pathways so that even more young Indigenous Australians can realise their dreams in the NRL and NRLW,” said Abdo.
Coinciding with the NRL’s commitment to understanding Indigenous history and culture, they are hosting a range of stories and resources throughout the week on nrl.com/indigenous, including how fans can support Indigenous businesses.
Resources also include interactive maps that allow fans to discover which tribes the game’s Indigenous male and female stars are from and information about Australia’s traditional Indigenous nations.
The Indigenous round will begin on Thursday, May 26th at 7:50 pm, when the Storm face the Sea Eagles at AAMI Park, home of the Wurundjeri people.