First Nations

Offering Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders more opportunities to play Rugby.

We were incredibly proud to be able to support the inaugural #dreamBigTime program which aims to act as a vehicle for social change, strengthening our engagement and connection with our First Nations people through Rugby. The program launched in 2019 with a series of tours engaging with over 2,000 First Nation’s Peoples between the ages of 14-25, covering 22,000kms and visiting 83 towns throughout the east & west coasts and centre of Australia. #dreamBigTime is a wholistic program providing support through health & well-being, leadership & education as well as immersion into a high-performance rugby program offering the participants and their communities valuable opportunities. At present the program has immersed 40 First Nations people into the Rugby Australia's high-performance unit. These teams are currently competing in national rugby 7s competitions and will the annual Ella7s tournament held in Coffs Harbour. The Australian Rugby Foundation is looking to the broader rugby community for gifts in support of the First Nations Rugby 7s Scholarship program which will provide opportunities, pathways, direction and empower community leadership for squad members. An annual $10,000 scholarship per player will provide financial assistance to:

  • Community leadership and mentor programs
  • Personal and cultural development
  • Media training
  • Access to specialist nutrition, medical and health services
  • Access to Rugby Australia’s high-performance programs
  • Domestic and International playing experience

Download a copy of our First Nations Case for Support.

Australian Rugby Foundation

The ARF fundraising program has been developed in partnership with the Australian Sports Foundation.

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