Indigenous culture centre stage across the nation

Dozens of football clubs in NSW and the ACT are throwing their support behind the AFL’s annual Sir Doug Nicholls Round which kicks off this weekend.

More commonly known as Indigenous Round, this week of footy celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and players, and their contribution to Australian football.

Many clubs across the state and territory have commissioned artists – sometimes players at the club – to design special guernseys with Indigenous artwork to commemorate the round.

Local clubs have the choice of celebrating Indigenous Round at a time that’s most appropriate to the club and their community, and two North West clubs have decided to hold their celebrations in NAIDOC Week. Both Tamworth Swans and Moree Suns have engaged local artists to design special Indigenous jumpers and both clubs will wear the new designs with pride.

Community Football Manager, AFL NSW/ACT, John Boulous thanked all clubs for getting involved in Sir Doug Nicholls Round in 2022. “Thank you to all clubs in NSW and the ACT who acknowledged the Indigenous athletes who play footy and their impact of the game,” he said.

“The annual celebration of Indigenous Round is a highlight on the calendar and gives clubs the chance to lead, learn and respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait people and culture.”