The Barrawarn Program

The Barrawarn Program is the key Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community program run by the Collingwood Football Club Foundation.

Throughout the club’s history, it has operated a range of programs and initiatives as part of its commitment to supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people within the community. The club’s Reconciliation Action Plan formalises this commitment to support, recognise and provide opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

The Barrawarn Program introduces a range of initiatives aiming to empower young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through employment and educational opportunities as well as tackle disadvantage through increased economic participation and development.

The program is delivered in two streams – the Barrawarn Direct Employment Program and the Barrawarn Trainee Program. Each have operated with tremendous success over the past three years having secured 46 full-time work placements with a range of host employers along with 15 AFL Sportsready traineeships and four full-time traineeships with AFL Victoria.

Each year, the Barrawarn Program offers supporters the opportunity to design the guernsey worn by Collingwood players during the Sir Doug Nicholls Round. The club’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander players, including Barrawarn Program ambassador Travis Varcoe, decide on the winning designer.

The Barrawarn Program also offers all Collingwood Football Club staff and players the opportunity to participate in Cultural Awareness Training.

Moving forward, Collingwood and its’ premier partner CGU are working together to expand the program and a range of initiatives including a partnership with Dardi Munwurro.

The Collingwood Football Club Foundation also provides support to the Rumbalara Football and Netball Club in Shepparton, the Fitzroy Stars Football Club, The Yuendumu Magpies and the Ganbina Program.