The Redfern All Blacks will host the NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout in Sydney this long weekend – an iconic annual event involving Indigenous football players from across the state.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said the Knockout competition, now in its 46th year, was an important sporting and cultural festival.
“The Australian Government has provided the Redfern All Blacks with a grant of $60,000 that will support Indigenous employment outcomes during the competition and enable school attendance messages to be broadcast on an electronic scoreboard,” Minister Scullion said.
“The Knockout is a great opportunity for families and friends to gather and barrack for their hometown team – and importantly, it is being held during school holidays, ensuring it doesn’t interfere with school attendance.
“Getting kids to school is one of the Coalition Government’s key priorities in Indigenous Affairs because a good school education opens up opportunities later in life and is a key to closing the employment gap.”
The Redfern All Blacks women’s and men’s teams won their respective grand finals last year. As 2015 Knockout winners, the Redfern All Blacks get the honour of hosting this year’s event, which is returning to Sydney’s historic Leichardt oval after 10 years.
Further information about the 2016 NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout can be found here.