Round 12 – FV Indigenous Round 2019

Good evening Glen Eira FC members

This weekend, Clubs and competitions across Victoria will celebrate Football Victoria’s inaugural Indigenous Round, and Glen Eira FC is proud to be participating in this historic event.  The Round 21 Indigenous Round coincides with NAIDOC Week 2019 (7-14 July), and allows us to participate in, support and pay respect to our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and culture, and the land on which the beautiful game is played.

Victorian and Australian football has a strong indigenous heritage starting with Harry Williams, recognised as Australia’s first Indigenous Socceroo. Williams played 13 times for Australia and was a member of the famous 1974 Australian World Cup squad – the first Socceroos team to make the World Cup finals.

Glen Eira FC’s contribution to the Indigenous Round 2019
  1. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags will be mounted on the external wall of the Lord Reserve Clubhouse, and I will be giving an Acknowledgement of Country (AOC) in front of the flags at 10am this Saturday and Sunday. 
  2. We ask that all Glen Eira FC teams read the Acknowledgement of Country (AOC) in the centre of the pitch, immediately prior to their game beginning. (The wording is below.)  Can team managers and coaches please arrange this at a team level.  For those teams who are not playing a home game this weekend, perhaps speak to your opposition coach/team manager and the Referee before the match to pre-arrange this.  (This is a FV Victoria-wide initiative, so hopefully all Clubs will be on board with the AOC being read.) 
  3. For teams playing at Lord Reserve this weekend, in addition to the pre-match AOC, we also encourage you to get a photo of your of team and match officials under the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags at the Clubhouse, and then share this on social media using the hashtag #FVIndigenousRound.  Please send these team photos to your age co-ordinator, who will pass them onto our media team for collective posting on the Glen Eira FC social media channels.
Acknowledgement of Country

Glen Eira FC along with Football Victoria wish to acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we meet, the Boonerwrung People of the Kulin Nation.

We acknowledge the deep attachment and relationship the Boonerwrung people have to Country, and in particular, this land on which we play football today.

We would also like to pay our respects to Elders, past and present and emerging.”

I am proud that our great Club can support this initiative, and we are planning to expand the Club’s participation in this area in the months and seasons to come.

Many thanks and good luck with your games this weekend!

Michael Westaway
Glen Eira FC