Nations of Origin

Nations of Origin is a multifaceted sport, cultural, education and leadership program which culminates during NAIDOC week annually. 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 project with all teams representing their community under their traditional local Aboriginal nation name from their area, 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 2017, the tournament will have three sports available for young people to participate: rugby league 7s, football 5s and netball. 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 three years, Nations of Origin has quickly became the largest Aboriginal youth sporting event in NSW with more than 3500 participants since the inception of the program.

Criteria/Requirements to enter:

The tournament will consist of three age groups: rugby league 7s under 16s, football 5s under 14s and netball under 14s with all participants not leaving their age bracket before December 31 2017

Nations are required to nominate one male and one female team for both rugby league 7s and football 5s to participate, with netball only requiring a girls’ team nomination.

Team Information pack 

Parent Permission form 

 

Rugby league 7s under 16s

Player eligibility:

Each Aboriginal player is to identify with and have connection to the nation for which they are competing. This is to be decided by the local Aboriginal community by how they demonstrate their connection to the nation.

All players are to be registered with a junior rugby league club for the current tournament year, excluding the female participants.

To be eligible to play in the age group registered, the player will be required to meet the junior rugby league guidelines for player
eligibility, that is, the player needs to be the current tournament event age or turning that age by December 31 of the tournament year for the age group registered. A player can be only one year younger for their registered age group, if needed.

Each player will have a minimum school attendance rate of 80 per cent to be eligible to participate (this will need to be certified by the individuals player’s school prior to registration).

If their nation has a PCYC within its boundaries, all players must be members of their local PCYC to be eligible to participate.

Team Eligibility:

Each team will consist of eight young people of Aboriginal and four of non-Aboriginal descent to be eligible to participate.

All team members are to be registered with their local junior rugby league club, excluding the female teams.

Each nation’s representative team will be endorsed by their local aboriginal nation community.

Each team will have a person of Aboriginal and a person of non-Aboriginal descent as team managers and coaches if possible.

Each team manager and coach will be required undertake mandatory Police and working with children checks and meet all PCYC volunteering requirements to participate.

Each team member will be required to have a school attendance rate of 80 per cent to be eligible. Each participant’s eligibility will be certified by the tournament co-ordinator prior to confirming registration.
 

Nominations pack

Football 5s under 14s

Player eligibility:

Each Aboriginal player is to identify with and have connection to the nation for which they are competing. This is to be decided by the local Aboriginal community by how they demonstrate their connection to the nation.

Each player needs to be the current tournament event age or turning that age by December 31 of the tournament year for the age group registered. Player can be only one year younger for their registered age group if needed.

Each player must have a minimum school attendance rate of 80 per cent to be eligible to participate (this will need to be certified by the individual player’s school prior to registration).

If their nation has a PCYC within its boundaries, all players must be members of their local PCYC to be eligible to participate.

Team Eligibility:

Each team will consist of six young people of Aboriginal and two of non-Aboriginal descent to be eligible to participate.

Each nation’s representative team will be endorsed by their local Aboriginal nation community.

Each team will have a person of Aboriginal and a person of non-Aboriginal descent as team managers and coaches if possible.

Each team manager and coach will be required undertake mandatory Police and working with children checks and meet all PCYC volunteering requirements to participate.

Each team member will be required to have a school attendance rate of 80 per cent to be eligible. Each participant’s eligibility will be certified by the tournament co-ordinator prior to confirming registration.

 

Nominations pack

Netball- girls only -under 14s

Player eligibility:

Each Aboriginal player is to identify with, and have connection, to the nation for which they are competing. This is to be decided by the local Aboriginal community by how they demonstrate their connection to the Nation.

Each player needs to be the current tournament event age or turning that age by December 31 of the tournament year for the age group registered. A player can be only one year younger for their registered age group if needed.

Each player will have a minimum school attendance rate of 80 per cent to be eligible to participate (this will need to be certified by the individual player’s school prior to registration).

If their nation has a PCYC within its boundaries, all players must be members of their local PCYC to be eligible to participate.

Team Eligibility:

Each team will consist of seven young people of Aboriginal and three of non-Aboriginal descent to be eligible to participate.

Each nation’s representative team will be endorsed by their local Aboriginal nation community.

Each team will have a person of Aboriginal and a person of non-Aboriginal descent as team managers and coaches if possible.

Each team manager and coach will be required undertake mandatory Police and working with children checks and meet all PCYC volunteering requirements to participate.

Each team member will be required to have a school attendance rate of 80 per cent to be eligible. Each participant’s eligibility will be certified by the tournament co-ordinator prior to confirming registration.

Nominations pack