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Laguntas v Jim Sytnes Squad photo gallery

The best images from Laguntas v Jim Stynes Squad match at the Swinburne Centre, Punt Road Oval on Saturday, May 27. Photos: Cameron Grimes


Laguntas squad named

Laguntas_260517Seven Richmond Academy participants have been selected in the 25-player Laguntas squad, to play the Jim Stynes squad at Punt Road Oval this Saturday.

In its fifth year, the Laguntas program provides an alternate talent pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander footballers aged between 15 and 18.

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Story behind the Richmond War Cry

1_10EsRi16AT02129“This is larger than footy.” – Jordan Edwards, Dreamtime dancer, (Gunditjmara, Wathaurong, Arrente)

History was made at last year’s Dreamtime at the ‘G match, when eighteen young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dancers performed a War Cry.

In what has evolved into a tradition for the annual clash between Richmond and Essendon, a War Cry will feature in the pre-game ceremony for the 13th Dreamtime at the ‘G match this Saturday, May 27.

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Building a better future with Probuild

Probuild_350A commitment to supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth will be the cornerstone of a new three-year partnership between Richmond and national tier-one construction company Probuild.

Probuild will work closely with Richmond’s centre for Indigenous youth, the Korin Gamadji Institute, and through the new partnership, will be a presenting partner of the highly-successful Laguntas and recently established Boorimul programs.

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Richmond and KGI to drive Indigenous female participation

Boorimul_620Richmond is pleased to announce the establishment of a ground-breaking program that will pave the way for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to play elite-level Australian Rules Football.

Delivered in partnership with AFL Victoria and VicHealth – and modelled on the highly-successful Laguntas program for males – the Boorimul program will identify and develop talented, young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) women, to not only maximise their football potential, but develop them as culturally affirmed and resilient community members.

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Tigers host TAC Cup practice matches


Photo: Cameron Grimes

Nine Richmond Academy participants represented their TAC Cup clubs during a series of pre-season matches at Punt Road Oval last Saturday.

Murray Bushrangers and Bendigo Pioneers went head-to-head in three practice games, before the first-ever Youth Girls TAC Cup match was contested at Richmond’s headquarters.

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Youth Girls TAC Cup match at Punt Road Oval

History was made at Punt Road Oval last Saturday, when Richmond hosted the first-ever Youth Girls TAC Cup match.

Murray Bushrangers defeated Bendigo Pioneers in the inaugural game of the under-18 girls competition.

Photographer Cameron Grimes was on hand to capture all the action.

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Plenary Group partners with the Richmond Academy

RAP_edmRichmond’s Next Generation Academy (NGA) has received a significant boost with the establishment of a three-year partnership with Plenary Group.

Plenary is an internationally recognised public infrastructure developer and asset manager that has delivered some of Australia’s most high-profile projects.

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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.