2015 ATP Redfern Harmony Nines
Rugby League's diversity and social inclusion will again be on display with the 2015 ATP Redfern Harmony Nines tournament taking place on Saturday.
Featuring twelve Under 18s teams across four pools in a round-robin format with knock-out stages and a final, the tournament is now in its fifth year and continues to go from strength to strength.
NRL Chief Operating Officer Suzanne Young said it's a terrific showcase of the cultural diversity in Rugby League with teams representing Indigenous Australians, Malta, Africa, Fiji, Cook Islands, Latin America, Italy, Samoa, Maori and the Mediterranean.
"The event highlights the multicultural engagement in our game and the way Rugby League helps to promote a greater message of social cohesion by bringing diverse communities together and celebrating each other's skills and culture," she said.
The NRL runs the event in partnership with NSWRL, Souths Cares, National Centre of Indigenous Excellence and Australian Technology Park.
Following the Welcome to Country and the Australian National Anthem, the action kicks off at 10am across two venues, St John's Oval, Sydney University and the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence, Redfern.
However, the day is much more than footy. It's packed with activities for the whole family, including cultural performances from participating teams, music, food, a jumping castle and sports clinics, as well as an appearance from NRL Ambassador and Premiership winner Joe Galuvao.