The South Sydney Rabbitohs have announced that Crown Resorts will return to the Club’s playing strip in 2020, signing on as the Rabbitohs sleeve partner, reinforcing Crown Resorts’ commitment to Sydney ahead of the launch of Crown Sydney in December 2020.
The Crown Resorts logo will appear on the sleeves of both the Rabbitohs’ home and away jerseys for the next four seasons. Crown Resorts will also engage with the Rabbitohs and Souths Cares in helping to facilitate Indigenous Employment Programs, complementing the work that Crown Resorts already performs.
Crown has an established and award-winning Indigenous Employment Program designed to make a positive impact on the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia. Already operating across its two other Australian properties, Crown Resorts’ Indigenous Employment Program recently clocked up its ten-year anniversary, with over 900 Indigenous employment opportunities provided across both Melbourne and Perth.
The partnership will see Crown, Souths Cares and South Sydney Rabbitohs come together to create new pathways for youth and their families to provide employment from school, as well as exploring a new initiative for South Sydney Rabbitohs players who are over 18 years of age and require retraining off the football field. This will stand in addition to Crown’s standalone program which provides pathways for employment for Indigenous candidates.
Blake Solly, CEO, South Sydney Rabbitohs, said: “We welcome Crown as a partner that shares the same values as the South Sydney Rabbitohs. Crown and the Rabbitohs are both committed to supporting Rugby League at a junior level as well as Indigenous employment opportunities, and this partnership will help both organisations make a meaningful impact.”
Peter Crinis, Chief Operating Officer, Crown Sydney, commented: “A stronger relationship between our two organisations makes sense. We already have a well-established Indigenous Employment Program. In partnering with the Rabbitohs we can make meaningful impact and help improve employment pathways for Indigenous communities.”
Opening in December 2020, Crown Sydney is set to become a globally recognised landmark that will attract thousands of international tourists, helping Sydney to better compete with other global major tourism hubs, creating over 2,000 local jobs and contributing almost half a billion to the economy. With the travel and hospitality sector such an important part of the Sydney economic landscape, facilitating jobs and training opportunities in this sector for Indigenous people is key.