The Geelong Football Club is a welcoming place where we seek to engage respectfully with people with diverse experiences and backgrounds. We believe that this will deepen our understanding and appreciation of others, motivate us to embrace our differences and make us richer for the experience. As a result our Club will strengthen and grow.
As part of the RACE pillar in the Respect for Diversity Policy the Geelong Cats have been recently endorsed by Reconciliation Australia on our inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan. The primary goal of Reconciliation is to deepen the understanding of Aboriginal culture and history for non Aboriginal Australians with a focus on Respect, Relationships and Opportunities. The Geelong Cats has several programs and partnerships that are focussed to work within the Aboriginal Communities of the Barwon South West region, Victoria and Australia.
“We are Geelong and our home is Kardinia Park. In local Wathaurong language Kardinia means "the first rays of light". We are one people united in our love of the game of AFL. We recognise and value all cultural backgrounds but also appreciate the special place that Aboriginal people have in the history of our nation and in the creation of our great game of Australian Rules Football. We recognise their ongoing contribution and also pay our respects to elders past, present and future.”
We understand that there is a possibility of a future conscience vote on the topic of Marriage Equality in parliament and the Club has been contacted to support the current awareness raising campaign. Respect is a core value of the Geelong Cats and as a concept is nurtured. We respect diversity and say “no to discrimination” of any kind.
We believe that the Geelong Cats is a welcoming place where we seek to engage respectfully with people with diverse experiences and backgrounds. We advocate this attitude as we believe it will deepen our understanding and appreciation of others, motivate us to embrace our differences and make us richer for the experience. As a result our Club will strengthen and grow.