Loddon Valley Football Netball League will host an Indigenous match this Friday between Maiden Gully YCW and Marong.
The idea for the match came from 17-year-old MGYCW football player Mason James.
After James learned about his Palawa ancestry a few years ago, it has been one of his main goals to share his knowledge of Indigenous culture with the world.
"The day is an opportunity for everyone to learn more about the importance of Indigenous culture," James said.
"Hopefully in years to come we can escalate it to more than just a match but into a full round where players from all teams compete."
MGYCW football and netball players will compete in jerseys designed by James and Marong will wear jerseys designed by Stephen Korp.
"A Bunjil or eagle is on the front of the jersey, they are known as creators of the land and on the back of the jersey is also the Rainbow Serpent," James said.
"The design itself took a few months and involved a bit of fiddling around - but it was really fun to work with.
"I'm passionate about art and love doing it."
Korp - who has Wemba-Wemba ancestry - was more than happy to create a design for the inaugural match.
"At the top there is blue, which represents the Dreamtime in the night sky," Korp said.
"Then there is the yellow V with white stripes, which represent the connection to river streams.
"The bottom represents different types of meeting places within the community."
Korp was happy to see James take on the leadership to promote Indigenous culture within the community.
"It's really important for our people to be connected with football, because it's a traditional sport and it's good to have our legacy recognised."
"This shows our culture is still as strong and powerful as it was thousands of years ago."
MGYCW will host Marong at Marist College on Good Friday with support from Central Vic Meats and PAV Plumbing and Roofing, with matches from 12.30pm onward.
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