2019-2021 Stretch RAP
Our new Stretch RAP sets out our commitment to recognise and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
This RAP has been developed by the RAP Working Group with contributions from staff and players across the club. In particular we appreciate the insights and support of Jodie Sizer, the first Indigenous person to be appointed to the Collingwood Football Club Board of Directors, and the contribution of Debby Lovett as our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Programs Manager.
Key elements of our Stretch RAP include:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander round celebrations
- NAIDOC Week celebrations
- The Barrawarn Program
- Warumungu People’s Partnership (The Barkly region, NT)
- Community Sports Equipment Donation Program
- Cultural Awareness Training
- Magpies Next Generation Academy
- Dardi Munwurro Program (Ngarra Jarranounith Men’s Healing Program)
- Collingwood player’s support
Artwork by Lea-Anne Miller
The cover design was painted by artist Lea-Anne Miller, sister-in-law of star player Travis Varcoe, and created in collaboration with Collingwood’s Graphic Designer Tom Hulse and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Programs Manager, Debby Lovett.
The story behind Lea-Anne’s artwork comes from the tragic passing of Travis’ sister Maggie and it depicts the wave of support the Varcoe family received during this tough time.
The inner circle represents the players, united as one entity. The dots around the players represent the families, staff and those connected and supporting the team day to day. Much the same as a traditional camp motif, the outer circle and dots represent people coming together from different places within the Collingwood community, including fans and supporters.
In its entirety, this piece represents the rich community that provides unwavering support when one of our own is faced with hardship and a time of need.