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PCYC NATIONS OF ORIGIN

Nations of Origin is a multifaceted sport, cultural, education and leadership program, which culminates around NAIDOC week annually.
The program has four main components: reconciliation, education, cultural identity and sport.

Nations of Origin empowers and motivates youth to celebrate Australia’s diverse indigenous culture and its deep impact on our history and their stories.

Over the past 7 years the event has seen huge success. The 2019 tournament saw the engagement of over 1400 Indigenous and non-Indigenous young people from across NSW participating in the multi-faceted program.

Teams representing their Aboriginal Nations participated in netball, rugby league and football fives tournaments. 1,400 players and over 180 event and team volunteers, between the ages of 10 and 21, came together from across NSW to support the event. Teams were supported by over 300 volunteer supervisors, managers, coaches and trainers, who worked with teams in the lead up to, and during the events.

Each participant had to meet strict criteria in order to represent their Nation:

  • A minimum of 80% school attendance 
  • No current negative dealings with Police
  • Commit to train and participate in activities in the lead up to the event 
  • Have current PCYC NSW membership 
  • Teams must meet the following criteria in order to register a team: 
  • Have a connection to a PCYC NSW Club
  • Be community driven 
  • Be endorsed by a local elder 
  • Be willing to participate in fundraising activities

As a result of the tournament, participants have the opportunity to further develop their skills and character through various sporting, citizenship and leadership development programs. On average, around 60 Nations of Origin participants go on to complete PCYC NSW Blue Star Citizenship and/or Leadership programs each year, and many participants continue to further engage with their local PCYC club as participants, volunteers & youth representatives, with many returning to the tournament the following year as youth mentors.

PCYC is extremely proud of this flagship program. Watch our videos below to get an idea of what it’s all about!

 

Rugby League

The Tournament will consist of one age group: under 16. Each Nation will be eligible to nominate one male & one female team.

All participating rugby league teams are to consist of eight Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander people and four people of non-Aboriginal descent.

Nations of Origin does not require any participating Nation to pay a registration fee per team to participate.

The Tournament will be a two day event consisting of approximately 30 girl teams and 30 boy teams, competing in a round-robin structure.

All games will be played under NSW Rugby League Tournament Rules

Representative Player – Each of the boys Rugby League teams will only be permitted to include ONE player who has participated in an NSW RL Junior Representative competition in 2020. That is one player who played Harold Matts, OR one player who has played in the Andrew Johns Cup. All players will be checked in the lead up to the event against the NSW RL database. Only one player per team
will be allowed to play at the tournament.

Under 16 Age Criteria

Players will only be allowed to take part in the competition as a player if they meet the age criteria. Players need to have turned 16 in 2021 or be turning 16 by the 31st of December 2021, in 2021 a player can only be one year younger than their registered age group if players need to fill the team.

To be eligible to play in the 2021 tournament players need to be born in 2005 or 2006.

Players need to submit all paperwork before their place is secured on the team. This paperwork includes:

  • Proof of Age (Birth Certificate or Proof of Age Card)
  • PCYC Membership
  • Passport style photograph (can be taken at most clubs)
  • Evidence of school attendance
  • Parent/Guardian Consent/Medical Information and/or Indemnity Form
  • Signed Code of Conduct

Each participant must meet strict criteria in order to represent their Nation. All players must meet the following criteria:

  • A minimum of 80% school attendance (validated)
  • No current negative dealings with Police
  • Commit to train and participant in activities in the lead up to the event
  • Have a current PCYC Membership

Teams must meet the following criteria in order to register a team:

  • Have a connection to a PCYC NSW Club – PCYC Clubs register players and teams and hold the financial, WHS and Child Protection Compliance for each of the teams
  • Be endorsed by a local elder

All team and player registration must be submitted to the PCYC Club associated with the teams.

Netball

The Tournament will consist of one age group: under 14. Each Nation will be eligible to nominate one team.

All participating netball teams are to consist of seven Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander people and three people of non-Aboriginal descent.

Each team is to have an Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander and a person of non-Aboriginal descent as team managers and coaches if possible.

Each team manager and coach will be required to undertake mandatory Police & Working with Children Checks (WWCC) and meet all PCYC NSW volunteering requirements in order to participate.

Nations of Origin does not require any participating Nation to pay a registration fee.

The Tournament will be a one day event consisting of 15 teams, and all games will be played under the Netball NSW Rules.

Players will only be allowed to take part in the competition as a player if they meet the age criteria.

Under 14 Team Age Criteria

Players need to have turned 14 in 2021 or be turning 14 by the 31st of December 2021, in 2021 a player can only be one year younger than their registered age group if players are need to fill the team.

To be eligible to play in the 2021 tournament players need to be born in 2007 or 2008.

Players need to submit all paperwork before their place is secured on the team. This paperwork includes:

  • Proof of Age (Birth Certificate or Proof of Age Card)
  • PCYC Membership
  • Passport style photograph (can be taken at most clubs)
  • Evidence of school attendance
  • Parent/Guardian Consent/Medical Information and/or Indemnity Form
  • Signed Code of Conduct

Each participant must meet strict criteria in order to represent their Nation. All players must meet the following criteria:

  • A minimum of 80% school attendance (validated)
  • No current negative dealings with Police
  • Commit to train and participant in activities in the lead up to the event
  • Have a current PCYC Membership

Teams must meet the following criteria in order to register a team:

  • Have a connection to a PCYC NSW Club – PCYC Clubs register players and teams and hold the financial, WHS and Child Protection Compliance for each of the teams
  • Be endorsed by a local elder

All team and player registration must be submitted to the PCYC Club associated with the teams.

Football Fives

The Tournament consists of one age group: under 14. Each Nation will be eligible to nominate one male & female team.

All participating football fives teams are to consist of five Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander people and three people of non-Aboriginal descent.

Each team is to have an Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander and a person of non-Aboriginal descent as team managers and coaches if possible.

Each team manager and coach will be required to undertake mandatory Police & Working with Children Checks (WWCC) and meet all PCYC NSW volunteering requirements to participate.

Nations of Origin does not require any participating Nation to pay a registration fee per team to participate.

The tournament will be a one day event consisting of 10 girl teams and 10 boy teams competing, and will be a round-robin structured event, with each team playing a minimum of 6 pool games prior to the commencement final series for the event.

All games will be played under the FIFA Football Fives Rules.

Basketball

The Tournament will consist of two age groups: under 14 and under 16. Each Nation will be eligible to nominate one male and one female team in each age group.

All participating Basketball teams are to consist of three Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander people and one people of non-Aboriginal descent.

Each team is to have an Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander and a person of non-Aboriginal descent as team managers and coaches if possible. 

Each team manager and coach will be required to undertake mandatory Police & Working with Children Checks (WWCC) and meet all PCYC NSW volunteering requirements to participate.

Nations of Origin does not require any participating Nation to pay a registration fee per team to participate.

The Tournament will be a one day event consisting of up to 40 teams.

All games will be played under the FIBA 3 x 3 Rules.

Players will only be allowed to take part in the competition as a player if they meet the age criteria.

Under 16 Age Criteria

Players need to have turned 16 in 2021 or be turning 16 by the 31st of December 2021, in 2021 a player can only be one year younger than their registered age group if players are need to fill the team.

To be eligible to play in the 2021 tournament players need to be born in 2005 or 2006.

Under 14 Age Criteria

Players need to have turned 14 in 2021 or be turning 14 by the 31st of December 2021, in 2021 a player can only be one year younger than their registered age group if players are need to fill the team.

To be eligible to play in the 2021 tournament players need to be born in 2007 or 2008.

Players need to submit all paperwork before their place is secured on the team. This paperwork includes:

  • Proof of Age (Birth Certificate or Proof of Age Card)
  • PCYC Membership
  • Passport style photograph (can be taken at most clubs)
  • Evidence of school attendance
  • Parent/Guardian Consent/Medical Information and/or Indemnity Form
  • Signed Code of Conduct

Each participant must meet strict criteria in order to represent their Nation. All players must meet the following criteria:

  • A minimum of 80% school attendance (validated)
  • No current negative dealings with Police
  • Commit to train and participant in activities in the lead up to the event
  • Have a current PCYC Membership

Teams must meet the following criteria in order to register a team:

  • Have a connection to a PCYC NSW Club – PCYC Clubs register players and teams and hold the financial, WHS and Child Protection Compliance for each of the teams
  • Be endorsed by a local elder

All team and player registration must be submitted to the PCYC Club associated with the teams.

Gymnastics

The 2021 Gymnastics tournament will consist of one team with competitors aged between 12 & 17 years of age. Each Nation with the exception of the host nation will be eligible to nominate one team.

All participating Gymnastics teams are to consist of seven Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander people and three people of non-Aboriginal descent where the team has 10 competitors. Where a number of competitors vary, the ratio of 70/30 still applies.

Each team is to have an Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander and a person of non-Aboriginal descent as team managers and coaches if possible.

Each team manager and coach will be required to undertake mandatory Police & Working with Children Checks (WWCC) and meet all PCYC NSW volunteering requirements to participate.

Nations of Origin does not require any participating Nation to pay a registration fee per team to participate.

The tournament will be a one day event consisting of approximately 10 teams, be held using Gymnastics NSW / Nations of Origin Team Gym Rules.

Players will only be allowed to take part in the competition as a player if they meet the age criteria.

Team Age Criteria

Players need to have turned 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 or 17 in 2021 or be turning 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 or 17 by the 31st of December 2021, in 2021 a player can only be one year younger than their registered age group, if players need to fill the team.

To be eligible to play in the 2021 tournament players need to be born between 2004 and 2009.

  • Proof of Age (Birth Certificate or Proof of Age Card)
  • PCYC Membership
  • Passport style photograph (can be taken at most clubs)
  • Evidence of school attendance
  • Parent/Guardian Consent/Medical Information and/or Indemnity Form
  • Signed Code of Conduct

Each participant must meet strict criteria in order to represent their Nation. All players must meet the following criteria:

  • A minimum of 80% school attendance (validated)
  • No current negative dealings with Police
  • Commit to train and participant in activities in the lead up to the event
  • Have a current PCYC Membership

Teams must meet the following criteria in order to register a team:

  • Have a connection to a PCYC NSW Club – PCYC Clubs register players and teams and hold the financial, WHS and Child Protection Compliance for each of the teams
  • Be endorsed by a local elder

All team and player registration must be submitted to the PCYC Club associated with the teams.

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