United We Stand
The Centenary of the First World War presents a once in a generation opportunity to reflect on one of the most significant chapters in our country’s history.
United We Stand is a NSW Government initiative that encourages community sports clubs to get actively involved in commemoration from August 2014 to November 2018.
How community sports clubs can get involved
Many sports clubs have a strong link to the Anzac legacy through the services of their members.
Gordon Rugby Football Club
Given the number of ex-service men and women associated with GRFC, the Board and members thought it appropriate to become more actively involved in commemoration. The Club was formally represented at Dawn Services on Anzac Day 2014 at Hornsby, Roseville and Chatswood. Later that day the GRFC played a round of rugby in recognition of veterans and club members who served. A bugler sounded the Last Post and the Ode was read before the starting whistle was blown. Veterans were invited to attend the match free of charge.
South Curl Curl Surf Life Saving Club
South Curl Curl SLSC has committed to observing the ‘three Rs’ of the United We Stand initiative: Respect, Research and Remembrance. The Club will lay a wreath at their local Anzac Day Service in 2015; forge a partnership with Collaroy RSL Sub Branch to learn more about their club’s and their community’s service history; and on Anzac Day 2015 100 surfboats crewed by Australian, Turkish and New Zealanders will land on Collaroy Beach to re-enact the Gallipoli landing of the Anzacs a century ago.
Mosman Cricket Club
Founded in 1908, the MCC has a proud record of honouring the military service of its members and local residents.52 members served during the First World War. Their names are recorded on an honour board in the club’s pavilion, while a special plaque commemorates the eight men who died at war. As part of the Club’s local contribution to the United We Stand initiative the MCC has instigated a ‘Remembrance Round’ to be played on or before Remembrance Day. Prior to each home game during the round, a tribute to the cricketers who went to war is held and the names of the fallen are read out. At the end of play the Sergeant Bennett Trophy is awarded to the Mosman Player of the Day. The MCC has also produced Far from Mosman Oval a publication commemorating the MCC players who have served their nation in in times of War.
Other ways community sports clubs can get involved with United We Stand:
- Dedicate a game each year during the Centenary (2014-2018) to a local veteran. Find out more about significant commemorative dates.
- Install a plaque in honour of a local digger who served in Gallipoli or the Western Front.
- Develop partnerships with local RSL, Legacy and other ex-service groups to gain a greater understanding of the community’s service history.
- Encourage club members to participate in a local Anzac Day commemoration or organise an event that demonstrates the team’s commitment to the Anzac spirit.
- Organise a morning/afternoon tea in the community that commemorates the club’s service history and raises funds for a veterans’ cause.
- Distribute information on the club’s service history through newsletters, websites etc.
- Create honour boards/plaques in club pavilions that commemorate members who served at war.
Promote your activity
This website includes an events portal, for community groups to promote upcoming Centenary activities.
Sports clubs are encouraged to promote their United We Stand events on this portal, submit your activity.
The Centenary is themed as follows:
- 2014 – Origins and beginnings of the First World War
- 2015 – Turkey and Gallipoli (2015 is the Year of Turkey)
- 2016 – France and the Western Front
- 2017 – Belgium and the Western Front
- 2018 – Conclusion of the First World War
If sports clubs require financial assistance to organise an activity or initiative the following funding sources could be utilised:
- Anzac Community Grants – a NSW Government grants program that provides educational institutions, ex-service organisations, community groups, local government, museums and historical societies with up to $5,000 for the organising of Anzac-related activities. Further information can be found at Anzac Community Grants Program
- Community Builders Website – This website at communitybuilders.nsw.gov.au provides a list of funding programs from federal, state and local government, as well as institutions, philanthropic trusts and businesses.
- Community Building Partnership Program – If initiatives are infrastructure-related the NSW Government’s Community Building Partnership program could be of assistance. This program provides State Electorates with $200,000 or $300,000 (amount depends on the socioeconomic status of the Electorate) to spend on local infrastructure projects. Further details are available at communitybuildingpartnership.nsw.gov.au
- NSW Community War Memorial Fund – If your club has an existing war memorial that requires restoration, you can apply for funding from the Community War Memorial Fund. A ‘memorial’ includes public monuments, memorial places, landscaped spaces, buildings and sculptures as well as indoor fixtures such as honour boards, plaques, busts, bas reliefs. Visit Community War Memorials Fund for more information.
- Local government – Councils often have grants for local activities and initiatives.
- Local business – Local businesses often sponsor community events and initiatives.