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Richmond Academy players train with the Tigers

RA_20_2_17_mainRichmond Academy emerging talents Kobe Brown, Peter Clarke and Derek Smith joined in a Tigers’ training session during the Club’s visit to Mildura for the 2017 Australia Post AFL Community Camp.

The trio trained under the watchful eye of Richmond coach Damien Hardwick at the Irymple Football Club, who was impressed by the youngsters.

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Part 1: Phase 3 REAL Program

P3_1Twenty emerging Indigenous leaders completed the first facet of the Korin Gamadji Institute’s new Phase 3 REAL Program last week.

Jordan Edwards is one of the inaugural participants and spoke about his desire to young help Indigenous youth.

“The REAL Program has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life, and I hope I can help other young Koori kids feel the same way about these camps when I return to volunteer,” Edwards said.

Jessica Bennett is also among the inaugural cohort and like all the Phase 3 participants, she completed the first and second phases.

“My life journey has been completely changed by KGI programs,” Bennett said.

“Not only have I become more resilient, compassionate and understanding, but I have grown to become a proud and strong Aboriginal woman.”

In partnership with the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre (AILC), participants in the new Phase 3 program will complete the Centre’s accredited Certificate II in Indigenous Leadership course.

Twenty participants were selected to complete the program and they all have completed certificates, such as Business Management or Community Service, and are currently or have been employed.

Six are studying Higher Education at University.


The first of three program intensives, over the course of six months, included cultural based sessions such as a heritage walk and traditional dance, as well as leadership, health and wellbeing and active citizenship seminars.

On day three the participants had a games night with Richmond’s Next Generation Academy Program footballers. The facet also included a trip to the movies and a scavenger hunt.

The participants travelled to Richmond’s Punt Road Oval from various metropolitan and regional areas of Victoria, including Wodonga, Langwarrin, Geelong, Mildura, Heidelberg, Nathalia, Kilmore, South Morang, Ballarat, Reservoir and Echuca.

Program partners, the Victorian Electoral Commission and Culture is Life, also facilitated sessions throughout the program.

The VEC highlighted the importance of active participation in their communities and the electoral process, and Culture is Life played an important role celebrating and affirming Indigenous culture through various workshops.


GALLERY: Richmond Academy

_R164123_mainA group of emerging Indigenous and multicultural footballers returned to Richmond’s Punt Road Oval for a three-day training camp last week.

As part of the Richmond Academy, 17 young footballers covered off strength and skills sessions, nutrition, as well as game sense and goal setting.

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KGI launches third phase of REAL Program

17KGI2001_620A group of twenty young Indigenous leaders will walk through the doors of the Richmond Football Club for the inaugural phase three REAL Program today.

The Tigers’ centre for Indigenous youth, the Korin Gamadji Institute, has partnered with the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre (AILC), to expand its Richmond Emerging Aboriginal Leadership (REAL) Program to include a third phase, specifically for program alumni.

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Richmond Academy Coach Appointed

Richmond Academy screening day (12/11/16)

Damien Villarosa with Richmond Academy participants.

Damien Villarosa has been appointed Richmond Academy coach, overseeing the Club’s Next Generation Academy Program.

Villarosa joined the Tigers is 2016, as Education and Training Manager of the Richmond Institute.

His position at the Club will expand to include both the Richmond Academy and Richmond Institute roles in 2017.

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Sovereignty Exhibition

Screen Shot 2016-12-19 at 4.22.53 PMA landmark exhibition at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art features digital stories created by young Aboriginal people from Richmond’s centre for Indigenous youth, the Korin Gamadji Institute.

The exhibition ‘Sovereignty’, which opened last Friday, includes work from 10 KGI alumni and is the culmination of the creative outcomes for the Australian Research Council Linkage Project Aboriginal Young People in Victoria and Digital Storytelling (2014-2017).

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Korin Gamadji Institute partners with Culture is Life

Culture is LifeThe Richmond Football Club’s Korin Gamadji Institute has partnered with Culture is Life to support the celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, and strengthen the resilience of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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Jabiru visit

IMG_2999A group of 15 young men from Kakadu visited the Korin Gamadji Institute on Friday, November 11.

Richmond’s Indigenous Community Relations Officer, Luke Murray, took the group on a tour of the Club’s facilities.


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Richmond Academy

Meet some of the footballers who were invited to attend a Richmond Academy screening day at Punt Road Oval last Saturday.

Talented cubs attend screening day

A group of sixteen Indigenous and multicultural footballers were selected to attend a Richmond Academy screening day at the Club’s Punt Road Oval headquarters last Saturday.

As part of the Tigers’ Next Generation Academy Program, the Richmond Academy, they were introduced to the Club’s elite sporting environment and completed a number of high performance testing activities.

From the group, 11 participants travelled from the Goulburn Valley, while the remaining five came from the Sunraysia region.

Several participants were selected based on their performances at the Richmond Academy’s Come and Try Talent Days in Swan Hill and Shepparton in September.

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