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In 2017, the Collingwood Football Club embarked on a partnership with Vicdeaf aimed at providing increased accessibility to the club, and promoting greater inclusion of the Deaf and hard of hearing community. 

Representatives at the not-for-profit organisation believe that after 130 years in operation, public interest in services offered to the Deaf and hard of hearing community is reaching an all-time high. 

“Partnering with the Collingwood Football Club will give us greater avenues to provide an understanding in the community of the deaf community’s language and culture,” Vicdeaf Director of Language, Partnerships and Innovation Brent Phillips

“AFL football is a huge part of Melbourne’s culture and Vicdeaf is excited to play a role… to provide deaf and hard of hearing people opportunities to watch and enjoy the football.”

Young Magpie Sam McLarty plays and trains wearing a cochlear implant. In his first year at the club, he has helped educate those around him on the unique challenges experienced by Deaf and hard of hearing people.

“It gives you a far greater appreciation of his ability to get through the TAC system and to earn his way onto a playing list, given the challenges he has faced as a young man,” Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley said of McLarty. 

“He continues to go from strength to strength… his game sense and his awareness is really strong because he’s had to find different ways and strengthen different parts of his awareness.”

The Vicdeaf partnership with Collingwood will see interpreters available at significant Collingwood events and press conferences.

CLICK HERE for more information about Collingwood's partnership with Vicdeaf.


AUSLAN: Bucks signs on

Watch senior Nathan Buckley, President Eddie McGuire and General Manager of Football Geoff Walsh address the media after announcing Buckley will remain as senior coach for the next two seasons.

August 28, 2017  11:00 AM

Videos with Auslan interpretation

AUSLAN: Bucks signs on

11:00am Aug 28, 2017

Buckley meets the media

1:21pm Aug 24, 2017

Buckley's pre-selection presser

1:04pm Jul 20, 2017

Buckley addresses the media

1:21pm Jul 11, 2017