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Newcastle All Blacks Rugby League Foot Ball Club

Telephone: (02) 49587657

Email Address: esmith@awabakal.org

Contact person for your project: Edward Smith

Mobile: 0432229899




The Newcastle All Blacks was established to provide a formal structure and forum to the Aboriginal Individuals and groups within the Hunter Community who were participating in the sport of Rugby League as either a player or supporter and who also worked hard each year to register a team or teams in the NSW Aboriginal Annual Rugby League Knockout Competition.
The Newcastle All Blacks has three core objectives:

• To provide a forum / network to local Aboriginal Football Players and Supporters
• To Develop an elite team/s of Aboriginal Players to compete at the NSW Annual Aboriginal Foot Ball Knockout Competition
• To provide a network and support to local Aboriginal youth currently playing foot ball or with aspirations to establish a career playing football in first grade competition (NRL)

The Newcastle All Blacks is a an Incorporated not for profit Association registered under the New South Wales Associations Incorporation Act 1984 and governed by a Board Of Directors. The association was established to provide a formal structure and forum to the Aboriginal Individuals and groups within the Hunter Community who were participating in the sport of Rugby League as either a player or supporter and who also worked hard each year to register a team or teams in the annual State Knockout Competition.


NAB is also a financial member of Mandurah Hunter Indigenous Business Chamber. This membership provides us with access to professional support such as assistance with our project plans, OH&S, Governance, Financial Management and Accounting.

Events we are involved in achieve:

- Motivation & Self Esteem
- Team Building
- Opportunities to showcase talent
- Opportunities to be recognised by League Talent Scouts contracted to NRL Clubs
- Community and Individual Pride
- Opportunity to win the event and host the event next year
- Promotion for our Sponsors
- Promotion for the local community

Our work inspires both communities / mobs especially the young people in our communities that when you work together anything can be achieved. By bringing these communities and young men together in sport, it gives them pride, confidence and a bond that will last a life time and passed on to the next generation which is what our culture is all about.    

NEWS

This year the Newcastle All Blacks will be sending a team to the ‘Knockout’ including 14 Aboriginal players from the Upper Hunter Aboriginal Community.

This project will bring together two Indigenous communities to compete in one of the biggest Indigenous sporting cultural events in NSW if not Australia. The project will combine the best local Aboriginal League players from the Wanaruah Community with the best Aboriginal League players from the Awabakal Community to form a team to send to the NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Carnival which will be held in Armidale on the October long weekend 2009. It is anticipated that this event will attract between 40 and 60 teams from communities throughout NSW.

This event is an alcohol and drug free event which has been held every year since 1970 and is seen by the Aboriginal community as an important event for Aboriginal players, families and spectators as it gives our players young and old the opportunity to showcase there talents in the game of Rugby League. The Aboriginal players to participate in the project currently play or have played at all levels of Rugby League, from local competition to the NRL. Generally, The NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Carnival sees Aboriginal players playing in the NRL return home to play for their home town at this prestigious event. Many NRL scouts also attend this high profile event to find the next “Greg Ingles”.

The event not only focuses on sport, there is also a strong education and social focus during the event. For example, many community groups and Government Departments such as NSW Health, Department of Housing, Office of Fair Trading Centrelink and employment agencies, Roads & Traffic Authority set up information tents around the grounds all weekend.


Our goals are:

• Local Aboriginal people providing positive role models – both in individual clubs, their workplace and the wider community through other forms of community involvement;

• Health and fitness outcomes for the players – health statistics for Aboriginal people are generally much poorer than for non-Aboriginal Australians. Successful participation in the Knockout demands that players achieve good health and fitness standards;

• Players gaining a sense of achievement and recognition, so are more likely to be motivated to keep playing football and to encourage other Aboriginal people to get involved in sport and aspire to compete at regional and national level competitions. Some will build the confidence to coach or increase their confidence as coaches.
 
• Players develop personal qualities and behaviours that are desirable for all young Aboriginal people to emulate (ie teamwork, discipline, commitment)