The Barrawarn Program

The Barrawarn Program is the Collingwood Football Club’s key Indigenous community program.

Collingwood is committed to supporting Indigenous Australian in our community and has been operating a range of programs and initiatives over the past 15 years.

The initial aim of the program was to empower young Indigenous Australians through employment and educational opportunities and to tackle disadvantage through increased economic participation and development.

Our Reconciliation Action Plan formalises the club’s commitment to support, recognise and provide opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

All Collingwood staff and players participate in Cultural Awareness Training and leading player Travis Varcoe is an ambassador for the Barrawarn Program.

The program has been delivered in two streams – the Barrawarn Direct Employment Program and the Barrawarn Trainee Program – and each has been operating with tremendous success for the past 3 years. In that time the program has secured 46 full-time work placements with a range of host employers.

The Collingwood Football Club Foundation has also supported 15 traineeships with AFL Sportsready and four full-time traineeships with AFL Victoria from 2015-17.

Each year Collingwood promotes The Barrawarn Program through the AFL Indigenous Round and holds a guernsey design competition to raise funds for Indigenous programs and partnerships.

In 2017, Collingwood and its’ premier partner CGU are working together to expand the program and a range of initiatives including a new 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.