Through the collaborative efforts of SACA, the South Australian Government and Quitline, the Reconciliation Rounds will be the largest initiative hosted by a state sporting organisation, acknowledging the 2020 NAIDOC theme ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’.
NAIDOC Week, which is typically observed in July each year, was postponed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and will now be held in November, allowing cricket to play an exciting role in celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.
Across the weekends of November 7/8th and 14/15th, SACA Premier Cricket clubs will join community cricket clubs around South Australia taking part in Reconciliation Round, acknowledging the contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and paying their respects to the rightful owners of the land on which they play.
Over 430 teams around the state will connect with their local Aboriginal mobs and work with their cricket associations to develop appropriate ways to incorporate Aboriginal culture into their fixtures.
In one consistent act, all clubs will participate in a Barefoot Circle, as rebel WBBL teams have done before each match this season. Players and officials remove their shoes and form a circle with arms on each other’s backs, as a sign of support and respect.
Packs including stump stickers, NAIDOC wristbands and social media templates have also been provided to clubs, thanks to funding from the State Government and Quitline.
SACA is committed to making cricket an inclusive sport for all and has been delighted to align this with the State Government’s Game On: Getting South Australia moving initiative, which aims to get South Australians moving and enjoying the many social, health and lifestyle benefits sport and recreation provide.
Premier Cricket have continued to lead the way in this initiative, with every club taking part in Reconciliation Round this season. As part of their commitment, clubs have produced logos and stump stickers adorned with Aboriginal artwork to be used across all Men's and Women's matches and will conduct an Acknowledgement/Welcome to Country before each match.
Marsh Sheffield Shield matches will also host NAIDOC celebrations, with Kaurna Elders invited to conduct a live Welcome to Country at Karen Rolton Oval on the first day of the round four fixture.
SACA would like to thank the Indigenous Quitline Enhancement Project (IQEP), South Australia for their contributions and support towards the SACA Reconciliation rounds. The key function of IQEP is to enhance the Quitline services to be culturally safe and effective for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. IQEP promotes ‘Breath cricket not the smokes and hit a six and Quit’. The Quitline is available to everybody with the inclusion of an Aboriginal Quitline Counsellor. Call 13 78 48 and start your smoke free story today.
For more information, please contact Matt Lucas, SACA Diversity and Inclusion Leader on 8300 3204 or emailMLucas@saca.com.au