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Community Programs

The Canberra Raiders aspire to be more than a rugby league team that participates in the National Rugby League competition. Since 1982 the Club nicknamed the “Green Machine” has proudly existed to entertain, positively promote and contribute to the ACT and surrounds (i.e. the Capital Region) for the benefit of local communities and their people.

Our vast regional footprint measures nearly 60,000sqm in area and has a population in excess of 800,000 people. It extends from the ACT west to Riverina, east to Batemans Bay, south to Albury and Bega and north through to Bathurst and Orange.

Notwithstanding that the sheer size and unique traits of “Raiders Community’ provide great benefit for our core business function of player recruitment and development/retention, our immense reach and profile leads to significant requests for support on an annual basis.

During the 2019 season, Raiders players, coaches, mascots and support staff conducted 402 registered community appearances, equating to 711 hours of service. This commitment was made on top of the direct support provided to more than 250 teams that play in local competition from the five (5) licensed clubs known as the Raiders Group and as part of ACT Touch programs that attract more than 20,000 participants annually.

Outside of direct appearances, the Canberra Raiders gifted items like signed memorabilia and money-can’t-buy experiences to identified community groups to fundraise. These contributions generated more than $80,000 in additional community benefit across our marketing area.

Since 1982 we have been proud of our annual contributions and commitment to “Raiders Community”, which will continue long into the future, along clearly defined lines of support.

Due to our high profile and immense reach, we are inundated with community requests. The Raiders have developed focus areas and clearly defined parameters to help shape our engagement with the community.

Community Focus Areas

 - Economic impact
- Health
- Identity and belonging
- Social connection

For the 2020 season, and provided that any requests can be adequately accommodated, the following areas will be given priority in terms of consideration for Club support:

Stakeholders

Raiders Family

- Club Life Members
- Board Members
- Staff
- Players (and Past Players)
- Corporate Partners
- Current Members
- Canberra Region Rugby League
- Affiliated Licensed Clubs
- ACT Government
- Australian Rugby League Commission