Major Sponsorship Package For 2023 NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Koori Knockout

Written by: The Hawkesbury Phoenix


The Newcastle All Blacks were the winners of the 50th annual NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Koori Knockout in 2022.

An unprecedented 11 NSW government agencies have pulled together to sponsor the 2023 NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Koori Knockout through a major sponsorship package.

This year’s event will be hosted by last year’s winners, the Newcastle All Blacks (NAB) Aboriginal Rugby League team at Tuggerah on the Central Coast from October 29 to November 1 bringing together amateur players through to NRL stars across men’s, women’s and junior competitions - 150 teams in total.

The Koori Knockout brings together NSW Aboriginal communities for a four-day rugby league competition and is understood to be the largest sporting gathering of First Nations communities in the country.

This government sponsorship, which follows the gold sponsorship of the women’s competition last year, will boost the Knockout and provide opportunities for participating agencies to engage with Aboriginal communities on relevant programs and services.

The Koori Knockout dates back to 1971 when the first tournament was held at St Peter’s, bringing Aboriginal players together to highlight their abilities for potential talent scouts.

Over the past 52 years, the Knockout has grown into a highly professional event attracting amateur through to NRL players and drawing Aboriginal people from all over NSW in an annual celebration of football, family and community.

Minister for Sport, Steve Kamper said the Koori Knockout was a major Australian sporting and cultural event combining the best of rugby league with a community celebration of Aboriginal kinship.

“Government backing of the Knockout is part of the ongoing strategy to better serve NSW Aboriginal communities and advance their collective aspirations through meaningful and ongoing relationships,” Mr Kamper said.

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Treaty and Minister for the Central Coast, David Harris said he was proud that this year’s Knockout was being held on the beautiful Central Coast.

“The estimated 200,000 spectators will get to enjoy time with mob in our wonderful community while bringing a welcome boost to the local economy to the tune of $6 million,” Mr Harris said.

“I’m looking forward to taking part in what is affectionately known as NSW’s modern-day corroboree.

“We welcome all the visitors from across the State which will inject significant economic benefit to our community.”

Minister for Families and Communities, Kate Wahington said the Knockout was so much more than a rugby league competition.

“It’s a celebration of culture, connections and community,” Ms Wahington said.

“I can’t wait to see the children, young people and families at the Knockout, being inspired by the largest rugby league knockout carnival anywhere in the world.”

NAB Chairman, Edward Smith said the NSW Government’s backing of the Knockout would have significant flow-on effects for the communities and participating league clubs.

“We are proud to partner with the Government,” Mr Smith said.

“The support will allow us to ensure we put on the best event possible for the teams, their supporters and all our spectators.

“NAB has a long and proud history of supporting mob as a not-for-profit organisation, as well as assisting local Aboriginal people and communities to improve their general wellbeing, socio-economic standing, health, education, and encourage community building cultural and spiritual values.

“We develop and maintain opportunities for local Aboriginal people to excel in their chosen fields and the Government’s investment will go a long way in supporting this important work.”

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