PCYC Nations of Origin, now in its sixth year, has kicked off in Raymond Terrace this week with Rugby League beginning the week-long tournament that will see more than 1200 young players converge on the town.
NSWRL were on hand as more than 68 teams with a combined 850 players came together from as far as Broken Hill to play part in the Rugby league event celebrating the many nations of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in NSW.
“The PCYC Nations of Origin is a great event that showcases the outstanding young Rugby League talent of the Indigenous community” said NSWRL Indigenous and Community Programs Manager Kristian Heffernan.
Thirty NSW Aboriginal nations are being represented across the tournament that includes Rugby League 7s, Football 5s, basketball and netball.
“Nations is an amazing celebration of Australia’s Indigenous culture and its deep impact on our nation.” Said CEO PCYC NSW Dominic Teakle
The tournament has been designed to promote reconciliation within communities through sport engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Aboriginal members in PCYC to build relationships, as well as providing an avenue for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to discuss their cultural identities.