Today the North Melbourne Football Club became a signatory to Australian Marriage Equality (AME) via the letter below. 

The North Melbourne Football Club writes to express its support for marriage equality.

One of the core values of the North Melbourne Football Club is “Belonging”. This is not just a word we have grabbed out of the dictionary or randomly selected and pay lip service to – because since its inception in 1869, our club has opened its arms to people from all walks of life.

We recognise the right of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) players, members and supporters to play and enjoy sports without experiencing prejudice and discrimination. This includes the right to marry the partner of their choice.

The value “belonging” goes right to the heart of what we’re all about as a progressive and inclusive club. We’ve worked hard over the years to create a unique connection between people and a united community through the life-changing programs developed by our award winning Huddle, which works with migrant youths, refugees, students and Indigenous and multicultural communities throughout Victoria, Tasmania and Wyndham in particular.

From our humble beginnings in a working class suburb to one that has become so diverse and multicultural - we have embraced all cultures, religions and beliefs.

We do not judge, discriminate or segregate – if you are a North Melbourne person, you are a part of our family and it’s for this reason we are truly proud to support a “Yes” vote in favour of same sex marriage.

We stand for equality, diversity and inclusion – we believe everyone belongs.


Carl Dilena
Managing Director & CEO
North Melbourne Football Club