Colts create NAIDOC history

 
The Subiaco Football Club Colts squad has fully embraced the 2017 NAIDOC Week, with a number of first time initiatives implemented to help give more awareness to the entire squad about indigenous heritage and culture.
 
For the first time, the Subiaco Colts will wear the Subiaco Football Club’s long standing NAIDOC designed jumper, the jumper itself considered a strong recognition of ownership or the lands with the stripes signifying moving through the land from campsite to campsite.
 
In the lead up to the game Subiaco’s own indigenous Colts players, Che Wyatt, Kyron Hayden and Duane Oxenham-Smith spoke to the entire Colts group about their own respective indigenous heritage and what it meant for them to play in a NAIDOC Week match.
 
Prior to this Saturday’s match, former Subiaco and AFL great Des Headland will speak to the players pre-game on the importance of the game and fully embracing the proud indigenous heritage that football in WA does possess.
 
On field, the toss of the coin will see indigenous players from both Perth and Subiaco represented while post-match both clubs will engage in a post-game function that will also pay respect to the indigenous culture of the day.
 
Talent Manager from Subiaco Michael Farmer has been instrumental into putting NAIDOC Week planning into place for the Colts and saw this as an important step in continuing to embrace the one-club mentality and culture of the Subiaco Football Club.
 
“Living in the Kimberley for close to 7 years has given me a greater perspective and understanding of NAIDOC week and the Indigenous people,” Farmer said.
 
“It’s important for our players and staff to be educated and understand the importance of NAIDOC week and celebrate it with our indigenous players and what it means to them, Farmer said, “Che, Duane and Kyron spoke proudly and passionately about their family heritage and it was important for our players to see this and hopefully gain an understanding of the importance their heritage and culture instils in them”
 
Subiaco Colts coach Beau Wardman has equally embraced the concept and sees it as an important step for players as well as coaching and support staff in understanding indigenous culture.
 
“It has been a really special week for our group both to celebrate NAIDOC week and to educate our players and staff on the importance of it,” Wardman said.
 
“The symbolism of wearing the NAIDOC jumpers will be a great initiative and is something we as a Colts group are proud to be a part of.”
 
The behind the scenes video of the club’s indigenous players addressing the Colts group can be found below.

 

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