PCYC 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.

The last two years' events disappointingly have had to be called off due to Covid-19 restrictions, but now for the eighth year, the tournament is returning to NSW, and promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Nations of Origin is PCYC NSW at its life changing best – a cultural reconciliation, education, leadership and sporting program that brings together nearly 1,500 young people from all around New South Wales. These young people represent their families, communities, and Indigenous Nations with pride, in Rugby League, Football 5s, Netball, Basketball and, planned for the first time in 2022, Gymnastics.

The PCYC Nations of Origin program requires behavioural and school attendance standards, and culminates in the multi sports tournament, traditionally held around NAIDOC Week.

The concept of the tournament was initiated after consultation with Aboriginal Communities across NSW and young people, 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 last tournament that ran in 2019 saw the engagement of over 1,400 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.

PCYC Nations of Origin will be back this year between 12th - 15th July 2022, at venues across Salamander Bay, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Newcastle and Nelson Bay.

Dominic Teakle, PCYC NSW CEO, said of this year's program:

"I would like to respect and acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as Australia’s first people and the world's most ancient living culture. I pay my respects to elders, past present and emerging recognise their deep connection to the land, air sea and waterways of Australia.

Each year I am impressed by this amazing celebration of Australia’s indigenous culture and its deep impact on our nation. In participating and representing their country, each team epitomises the themes of Reconciliation Australia to Be Brave and Make Change. This event is life changing, as it reinforces the objectives of our strategy by bringing together PCYC, Police and the community to play hard and fair, and to pay our respect to the elders whose custodianship of the land and culture gave us the legacy we enjoy today.

I wish all of this year's participants every success in your sport, as you represent your Nation with pride. Play hard, play fair and demonstrate the PCYC values of commitment, resilience, respect, integrity and citizenship."

We thank the Federal and State Government for their support and recognise the contributions of sponsors Snowy Hydro and Red Energy.

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

PCYC Nations of Origin 2022 Tournament Dates

Rugby League U16 Male & Female Competitions

  • Tues 12 & Weds 13 July, 2022
  • 8am - 4.30pm both days
  • Salamander Bay Sports Complex
  • 9 Tarrant Road
  • Salamander Bay

Football Fives U14 Male & Female Competitions

  • Wednesday 13 July, 2022
  • 8.30am - 4pm
  • Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility
  • 13 Park Road
  • Speers Point

Gymnastics Mixed Competition

  • Thursday 14 July, 2022
  • 8.30am - 4.30pm
  • PCYC Maitland
  • 3 James Street
  • Maitland

Basketball U14 & U16 Female & Male Competitions

  • Thursday 14 July, 2022
  • 8.30am - 4.30pm
  • Newcastle Basketball Stadium
  • 27 Young Road
  • Broadmeadow

Netball U14 Female Competition

  • Friday 15 July, 2022
  • 8.30am - 4.00pm
  • Nelson Bay Netball Courts
  • 20 Aquatic Close
  • Nelson Bay


PCYC Nations of Origin Media Enquiries

Please contact PCYC NSW Media and Public Relations Manager on 0490 127 802 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For information about the Nations of Origins tournament, please contact Youth Strategy & Programs Manager Justine Russell on 0407 212 551 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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