Maitland Hockey Recognises NAIDOC Week

A reminder that National NAIDOC Week will be celebrated across Australia next week 7th to 14th July to celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Maitland Hockey Inc will recognise NAIDOC Week and the contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to hockey and to our Community during this Saturday’s competition, 6th July, with an Acknowledgement of Country prior to each game.

Check out some other ideas below and at https://www.naidoc.org.au/ on how you can support NAIDOC Week this year.

Urapun Muy – NAIDOC Week Poster

This year’s winning NAIDOC Poster ‘Urapun Muy’ will be displayed at the Maitland Hockey Centre on Saturday 6th July and throughout the following NAIDOC Week as we take this opportunity to recognise the contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to hockey in Maitland and the Hunter as well as in our wider Community.

As a bit of background, the National NAIDOC Week Poster Competition has been running since 1967 and each year encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists aged 16 years and over to submit their artwork reflecting that year’s theme. This year’s poster, by Samuawgadhalgal artist Deb Belyea, is entitled ‘Urapun Muy’ (from the Kalaw Kawaw Ya dialect of the Top Western Islands of the Torres Strait) and means ‘One Fire’.

Reflecting this year’s theme, ‘Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud and Proud’, it represents the shared fire of passion for the oldest living culture in the world and the sharing of cultural knowledge from one generation to the next.

Further information about NAIDOC can be found at: https://www.naidoc.org.au/

Maitland Hockey Inc will recognise NAIDOC Week on Saturday 6th July with an Acknowledgement of Country prior to each game.

Glencore Junior Sports Grant

We are very pleased to announce that MHI has received a Glencore Junior Sports Grant to hold a 2-day Hockey 5’s carnival!

Planned for preseason 2025, this will be a key event to promote and grow our junior competition by kicking off with a fun way to further develop those core skills.

Stay tuned for further updates as we now start the planning!

NAIDOC WEEK 7th – 14th July

National NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia in the first week of July each year to celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

With 5% of our members identifying as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, Maitland Hockey Inc is very pleased to once again take this opportunity to recognise the contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to hockey in Maitland and the Hunter as well as in our wider Community.

We will acknowledge and pay our respects on Saturday 6th July to the Aboriginal Peoples who have been in the areas around our hockey centre for more than 60,000 years, including the Wonnarua, Awabakal, Darkinjung, Worimi and Geawegal Peoples, as the traditional custodians of these lands.

We’ll share more posts about NAIDOC Week in the coming weeks. In the meantime further information can be found at: https://www.naidoc.org.au/

Free Come and Try starts this week!

A reminder that our free Come & Try sessions start this Tuesday 12th March for primary school kids!

Register your interest at https://maitlandhockey.org.au/come-and-try/ and come along to the Maitland Hockey Centre to check it out from 5:00pm.