Collingwood Community Partnership

We were proud to be the Collingwood Football Club Community Partner for their round 22 clash with Port Adelaide at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday 18 August.

Despite being a true Melbourne day - complete with rain, hail and sunshine - more than 45,000 fans turned up and witnessed improved access for the Deaf community. There was an Auslan interpreter on screen during all game breaks and pre and post-game entertainment. But it didn't stop there, we had one of our Auslan teachers on the stadium’s big screen and he taught the crowd football related Auslan signs including "Go Collingwood", "Ball" and "50".

The match MC is interpreted by an Auslan interpreter on the big screen. Auslan teacher Simon, watches on as he prepares to teach the crowd some basic Auslan signs.

At half-time, Christine Mathieson (Expression Australia, CEO) and Brent Phillips (Expression Australia, Director of Language, Partnerships and Innovation) were interviewed and discussed the reason behind the name change to Expression Australia and the work we do in the community.

As part of the partnership, Collingwood provided us with 50 free tickets to provide to the Deaf community and with Auslan on the big screen and an interpreter accompanying the match MC they were able to access the game in their language. With a whole stand full of Deaf football fans, it was a true display of a Deaf friendly environment.

Witness what the atmosphere was like at the game by watching our Instagram story: click here.


We would like to thank the Collingwood Football Club for their commitment in providing increased accessibility to Deaf and hard of hearing people and for helping us raise awareness about issues of access, inclusion and equal opportunity for everyone.

Photos from the day:

- Sam Cartledge

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