Souths & University of Sydney join forces
The University of Sydney, South Sydney Football Club and Souths Cares will work together to encourage and support young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the South Sydney region.by NRL
The University of Sydney, South Sydney Football Club and Souths Cares will work together to encourage and support young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the South Sydney region.
In a Memorandum of Understanding signed today, the three organisations have committed to work closely together to do more to encourage Indigenous students to reach their full potential. The MoU was signed by the University's Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Michael Spence, and the Chairman of South Sydney Football Club and Souths Cares, Nicholas Pappas.
"This is part of our strategic commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander higher education, research and engagement," said Dr Spence. "The University of Sydney is determined to do more to address the under representation of Indigenous Australian's as students and staff, many of whom currently live in our own neighbourhood."
Rabbitohs and Souths Cares Chairman Nicholas Pappas said he is delighted to see the Rabbitohs and Souths Cares teaming up with Sydney University on this initiative.
"This is a prestigious association for our Club and our charitable arm, Souths Cares. It represents two very different organisations coming together for a common goal - to assist those with less opportunity to achieve their true potential in life through the advantages higher education offers. We are delighted to be part of it."
Among those attending the ceremony at the University were Mr Pappas; Rabbitohs CEO and Souths Cares director Mr Shane Richardson; South Sydney, Indigenous All Stars, Queensland and Australian representative player Greg Inglis; and Professor Shane Houston, the University's Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services).
Among the key points of the MoU is an agreement between the University, South Sydney Football Club and Souths Cares to assist disadvantaged youth in the South Sydney area. Specifically, they will encourage and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth to achieve their goals with a focus on education, training and employment in the South Sydney region. In this way the University, the Football Club and Souths Cares aim to support and foster the expansion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander engagement in higher education.
Another important aspect of the MoU is the focus on the health and wellbeing of young people in the South Sydney region.
"We are keen to involve many of our current players to help deliver programs that promote the benefits of education and healthy lifestyles, as well as promoting the rich heritage of the Rabbitohs," said Mr Richardson.
Professor Shane Houston, a Gangulu man from central Queensland, said: "This is part of the University's continued efforts to partner with organisations in areas that are important to both parties.
"This MoU opens the way for us to work with the Rabbitohs to promote benefits of education and healthy lifestyles and to encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to achieve their potential with a particular focus on education and to establish positive role models with several of the players enrolling at University of Sydney."
The South Sydney Rabbitohs enjoy one of the richest histories in the sport of Rugby League. Established in 1908, South Sydney has won 20 first grade premierships, more than any other, and has provided a record 64 internationals for the Australian Kangaroo squad. Fiercely loyal to its origins, the Club has consistently worn the cardinal red and myrtle green colours since its inception, a lasting tribute to the rabbit vendors who first played for the Club in the inner suburbs of Sydney. The rebirth of the Rabbitohs began on 7 June 2006 through a new partnership between Russell Crowe, Peter Holmes a Court and the Members of the Club.
The Club's Ticketed Membership now stands at over 12,000, with total Memberships in excess of 20,000 in 2011, the highest for any Sydney club. As a tribute to the Club's unchanging and significant legacy, the National Trust of Australia has awarded the Rabbitohs the prestigious status of National Community Icon, the first such award to any sporting organisation in Australia.
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