Nations of Origin

Nations of Origin is a multifaceted sport, cultural, education and leadership program which is held annually in July – in close proximity to NAIDOC week. The program has 4 main components: reconciliation, education, cultural identity and sport. It is aimed at increasing school retention with all participants required to have an 80 per cent school attendance to be eligible to participate. All participating sporting teams must consist of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal young people with a ratio of 70:30 in the formation of the teams.

Cultural identity is a focal point of the event with all teams representing their community under their traditional local Aboriginal nation name, with uniforms adorned with totems of their Aboriginal nation. This provides an opportunity for non-Aboriginal young people to learn about their local Aboriginal culture and foster relationships and understanding between local cultures.

In 2020, the tournament will have five sports available for young people to participate: rugby league 7s, football 5s, netball, basketball and gymnastics. All competitions are conducted in conjunction with the peak sporting bodies, ensuring young people have development pathways in their chosen sport.

Held over the past seven years, Nations of Origin has quickly become the largest Aboriginal youth sporting event in NSW.

If you are interested in playing in or submitted a ream, please contact your local PCYC for more information.