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Wests Tigers partner with Awabakal

Wests Tigers are pleased to announce a new partnership with Awabakal.

Awabakal is an Aboriginal, community-controlled health service which aims to deliver primary health care services and advocacy as well as social and emotional support.

As part of the new partnership, Wests Tigers will work closely with Awabakal to increase pathways for the junior development of Aboriginal players whilst also fostering a strong environment of education and engagement within the Indigenous community.

Awabakal will also commence a formal partnership with the club’s indigenous programs, as well as an alignment with Head Coach Michael Maguire.

Wests Tigers CEO Justin Pascoe said the partnership was one that would significantly strengthen the club’s commitment to the Indigenous community while also expanding the capacities of Aboriginal players across its associated teams.

“As a club, we’re really proud of our strong relationships across the Indigenous community and this is another exciting step for our organisation,” Pascoe said.

“Awabakal have a long history of practical services which greatly benefit Aboriginal people and we’re looking forward to increasing that engagement through our support.”

Awabakal Ltd Chairman Edward Smith said it was an exciting partnership for both parties.

“We’re very excited for Awabakal to be working in partnership with Wests Tigers in 2021,” Smith said. “This partnership will create sustainable pathways both on and off the field for Aboriginal people in New South Wales.

“Aboriginal people are passionate about rugby league and this partnership will create a platform for Awabakal to continue to push positive health outcomes for our community.”

To learn more about Awabakal, visit

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