The Sydney Roosters launched its second Reconciliation Action Plan at Bondi Pavilion, reaffirming commitment to Indigenous outcomes and advancing reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians.
The Sydney Roosters Reconciliation Action Plan forms part of the Club’s Indigenous strategy and demonstrates our commitment to developing and implementing engaging approaches to reconciliation and advocating it throughout the organisation.
The Plan sets out a number of initiatives that enables us to continue to develop and expand on our existing community programs.
The first Sydney Roosters RAP was endorsed as a Reflect RAP in December 2017, and the Club is proud to continue the next phase of our journey with a commitment to an Innovate RAP.
There are 72 deliverables outlined in the Innovate RAP, and we are committed to putting these in place between now and the end of 2021.
The Club is passionate about providing health and wellbeing opportunities through the game of Rugby League for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Since the introduction of our first RAP at the end of 2017, the Club has an increased commitment to cultural events including NAIDOC Week and National Reconciliation Week as well as our Arthur Beetson Family Day that honours one of our Club greats in Arthur Beetson.
There has also been a strong commitment to maintaining relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders including KARI Foundation, The Glen Centre, La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council and the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.
We will also continue to work hard to provide more opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through the NRL School to Work Program, work experience opportunities and Indigenous Round, while simultaneously committing to engaging Roosters staff and players in cultural learning and immersion opportunities to deepen knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, histories and achievements.
Rugby League Clinics and Wellbeing education sessions to areas of high Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young peoples in the Central Coast to encourage healthy and active lifestyles, will also continue to be a key area of commitment.
This commitment also extends to the Club’s ongoing commitment of the Sydney Roosters Indigenous Academy, a nine-a-side women’s team that participate in the NSW Tarsha Gale Cup supported by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander coaches and Ambassadors from the Roosters’ NRL Holden Women’s Premiership team.