Stress and anxiety are common amongst asylum seekers, particularly in Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs. The inability to reconnect with families who are still in other countries, limited work rights, holding only a temporary visa and a sense that asylum seekers aren’t always welcome in Australia often create a sense of disconnection. Abdul Razzaq, an asylum seeker, does not have work rights. He volunteers with Monash Health to provide community engagement opportunities for refugees and asylum seekers who are doing it tough.Read More
As the country’s best young athletes came together in Sydney for the National Athletics Championships, one young South Sudanese girl from Melbourne enthusiastically traded state and territory badges with her fellow competitors. Earlier in the year, Jennifer travelled to Canberra for the national Cross Country Championships, and she hopes to compete in more in the future. For many young people, the joy of competing at national level must be constantly weighed up against the challenge of securing funds to finance the frequent interstate travel required. The struggle is typical amongst families from migrant and refugee backgrounds.Read More
With the location set during the week, a group of mainly young Afghan Muslim girls converge to a soccer pitch in Melbourne’s south-east. Ace Football Club do not have a regular ground to play on, what they do have is 30 young girls around the Dandenong and Hampton Park area eager to come together to play alongside their friends.Read More
Divya Mohan believes that confidence is a key element in helping young people with refugee backgrounds feel connected.Read More
The Futsal courts on Neill Street Reserve played host to a bubble soccer match, where children of all ages squeezed themselves into giant inflatable balls and crashed into each other. This was just one activity at Voicefest, a day that celebrated youth, expressing yourself and individuality.Read More
The Girl Ready program works with female students from newly arrived communities in years nine and ten to help them gain confidence and be ‘girl ready’ when integrating into the school and community.Read More
The University of Melbourne’s oval and athletics track was bursting with excitement as more than 200 kids and their families attended the Melbourne Community Sports Carnival with soccer tournaments as its centre.Read More
Burmese kids around the community used to turn up to the Esther Park in Mooroolbark and play soccer when the local teams weren’t using the field. When the club started to watch them play and admire their skills they wanted to find out a way to welcome them to the Mooroolbark Barkers Soccer Club.Read More
When Peter Behrendorff and his family moved to Carlton in 2014 and found out that there was no local soccer team, he made it his mission to start one which encouraged diverse communities from the local housing estates to play on the team.Read More
Over three sessions in August a group of Sports Ambassadors at Wellington Secondary College were joined by a trio of vibrant leaders who guided the students to improve their leadership, confidence and community involvement. This three day program was the first in a three step program, and culminated in students becoming involved in their own community sports event.Read More
The students of Carlton Primary School are treated to an after school program once a week to learn how to keep healthy and get along with the community through playing sports.Read More
Abdoulaye Djibril was volunteering at the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre (ASRC) when he wanted to join a soccer team. He joined the ASRC soccer team and took over as coach to help them win.Read More
Toolangi Adventure Soccer Camp (TASC) is a four day camp that brings together young men from housing estates to broaden their experiences. This year it was opened up to include non-housing estate kids so that all participants could engage with people from different lifestyles.Read More
The school bell rings and Carlton Primary School erupts into a blur of activity. Prep kids greet their parents at the classroom door, while more senior students tear through the corridors, bags and lunchboxes in hand.
Meanwhile in the school’s multipurpose room, volunteers gather. For the last four weeks, Sports Without Borders and Carlton Primary School have coordinated and run an after school sports program on Thursday afternoon. The aim of the program is to address the lack of social integration and poor health outcomes for newly arrived communities in Australia. By discussing healthy lifestyle choices and partaking in various activities, the kids experience the joys of organised sport. And the support given by local volunteers provides a heartwarming opportunity for the students to engage with members of the wider community.Read More
In late August 2014, girls from the Somalian, Ethiopian, Sudanese, Eritrean, Afghan, Filipino and Indian communities in southeast Melbourne gathered at Oakleigh Indoor Soccer Sports Centre for the SEAAC Girls Soccer Tournament.
Run in partnership with the Craig Family Centre, Victoria Police, City of Monash, Victorian Immigrant Refugee Women's Coalition, Centre for Multicultural Youth, African Women’s Network South East, New Hope Foundation and Sports Without Borders, the event was a huge success and a huge triumph for one particular young women, Iman Farah, who helped coordinate the event.Read More
For the Zimqueens, an all Zimbabwean women’s netball team, simply playing netball together is enough. Bringing to life the sentiment that social sport is good for health, sense of community and self-esteem, the Zimqueens are a grassroots initiative and in 2014 entered a formal netball league for the first time.
With support from the Grosvenor Foundation and the Victorian Women’s Benevolent Trust, Netball Victoria were able to advertise for a formal coach. Despite the difficulty in getting a coach finalized, the Zimqueens continued to attend games and practice.Read More
Ngur Sang is 16 years old. He’s originally from the Chin state in Burma, and before coming to Australia he and his family lived in New Delhi, India. Ngur speaks five languages, English, Hindi, Mizo and Falam, and the universal language of Soccer.
In 2014, Ngur played in the U15B side at Mooroolbark Soccer Club where he learned a lot of new skills, met new friends and said his coach, Kevin, was “friendly and funny”. Despite the challenges of overcoming the language barrier, each year is easier for Ngur.Read More
University High School-Victoria University Amateur Football Club (UHS VU) is more than just a footy club; foremost it’s a community.
For Tony Boyce, the current club Treasurer, the club has been a second home since he arrived in Melbourne in 1978. After years of playing, Tony has moved from on the field to behind the scenes to ensure the club can continue to provide a sense of community and competition for its members.Read More
As the son of Italian migrants who came to Australia in 1960, Renato Olivier understands that sport is a powerful tool for social inclusion.
His upbringing has catalyzed his passion for helping kids from new and emerging communities play footy at Sunshine Heights Football Club.Read More
Artist, Lachlan Petras', interpretation of footballer Despotovski’s three fingered salute.Read More