Indigenous

Supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Rugby through Deadly 7s and the Lloydies.

Rugby Australia's vision for reconciliation, is to engage and work collaboratively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to foster positive relationships, promote a healthy lifestyle and create opportunities or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

Rugby AU is currently delivering its second Reconciliation Action plan (RAP) to:

  • Build sustainable Rugby Programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
  • Celebrate existing Indigenous Rugby Initiatives

The Australian Rugby Foundation (ARF), is committed to supporting this vision to make Rugby a Game for All. The Australian Rugby Foundation drives fundraising efforts into 2 key programs to increase participation numbers in Aboriginal communities.

Deadly 7s Primary Schools Program

is ARU's national program aligning rugby with the Australian school curriculum.was developed in partnership with Aboriginal educators and community members is focused on promoting the importance of attending school and gaining and a good education. Deadly 7s provides the first taste of rugby to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary school students over a 5 week program.

ARF donor investment ensures:

  • The continuation and growth of the program into more regions across Australia
  • Support in the up-skilling of local indigenous community members to create a sustainable program
  • Assistances in the delivery of the program across multiple school terms to increase Indigenous student rates from Primary to Secondary education

Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team

The Australian Rugby Foundation supports the Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team Inc (LMRDT Inc).

The LMRDT- or 'Lloydies' as it is known - was founded more than 20 years ago, with a mission to increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in Rugby.

ARF donor investment ensures:

  • The game of rugby is introduced to young Indigenous men and women across Australia
  • Supports the coupling of rugby with academics in Australian indigenous communities