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Red and Black - Patrick Ryder

Big man Patrick Ryder takes part in our red and black series to share some insights into his teammates.

6:51pm  Apr 23, 2014

History of Anzac Day football

The Essendon v Collingwood Anzac Day game is the most eagerly anticipated home and away game of the AFL season.

9:38am  Apr 23, 2014

Queensland supporters function

Essendon Football Club is hosting a cocktail function at the Novotel in Brisbane on Friday 9th May. 

8:00am  Apr 23, 2014

Affiliate Club Partnerships

Essendon Football Club has formed partnerships with three Indigenous communities - Tiwi Islands, Wadeye and Rumballara - as part of the AFL Club Community Partnership Program. The AFL Club Community Partnership Program is a long-term engagement strategy to build the capacity of the partner communities by encouraging Indigenous people to reach their full potential. Essendon will work in conjunction with local schools and agencies to engage young people in school and sporting activities.

Dreamtime at the G

In 2005 Essendon Football Club joined the AFL, Richmond Football Club, the MCC and The Long Walk in establishing the annual Dreamtime at the G game - a match dedicated to celebrating the role Australian Rules Football has played in building bridges between indigenous and non-indigenous Australia. In the past six years the game has grown significantly - so much so the AFL was encouraged to establish an annual indigenous round with the Dreamtime at the G game the flagship event.

Reconciliation Action Plan

Essendon Football Club officially launched the first RAP on August 28, 2009. The 2010-2011 RAP builds on the club’s significant relationship with Indigenous Australians by setting bold actions to help ‘close the gap’ between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Essendon was proudly the first sporting club in Australia to implement a RAP, with a focus to ensure the club’s programs and objectives fall in to line with those on the national agenda.

The Long Walk

The Long Walk Trust is a charity inspired by Essendon champion Michael Long’s walk to Canberra to get the lives of Indigenous people back on the national agenda. The charity works for Indigenous wellbeing and raises funds to support programs that improve conditions for Indigenous Australians.


"I am proud to be recognised as Essendon Football Club's Indigenous Program's Ambassador. The club understands its role and responsibility in supporting and engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, which is an important pursuit for us all."

Courtenay Dempsey - Indigenous Programs Ambassador

Essendon Football Club has benefitted from the outstanding contribution of some remarkable Indigenous Australian talent including Michael Long, Gavin Wanganeen, Dean Rioli, Derek Kickett and Norm McDonald.

The on-field excitement these names have created has spilled over to the off-field engagement of the Australian community. Today EFC delivers programs in the Indigenous communities of Wadaye and Tiwi Islands, has formal partnerships with Indigenous sporting clubs Tiwi Bombers and Rumbalara Football Netball Club and is an official partner of The Long Walk.