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Sports Leadership through Netball

Sports Leadership through Netball

Netball NSW, PCYC and Sports Without Borders came together to deliver a community and leadership program for girls, supported by the GWS Giants. 36 girls participated in the program from two schools, Malek Fahd Islamic School and Chifley College Mount Druitt campus. The program was a combination of PCYC’s Community Resilience Engaging Solutions Together (CREST) program and the Netball Girls Empowerment Program, created by Gazelles Netball Club. The aim was to introduce the young women/girls from cultural backgrounds to new sports while providing an education platform to build confidence and resilience.

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Hope, Friendship and the World Game 

Hope, Friendship and the World Game 

The wars in Afghanistan began in 1979, forcing many people to flee the country to safety. As the wars escalated through the 1980’s, families found safety in neighbouring countries such as Pakistan and Iran, although the likelihood of returning to Afghanistan slowly diminished. With little chance of ever being granted citizenship in Iran, refugee families found hope of a future in Australia. Three young Afghan men in their 20’s, Bashir Mirzaie, Mahdi Hosseini and Hamid Khairi, shared their stories of being refugees from Iran and how they are overcoming their challenges of settling into Australian society. 

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G.O.A.L.S. for English Learning Schools 

G.O.A.L.S. for English Learning Schools 

A sports program to develop life skills through sport was delivered to students at two English Learning Centres in Sydney this year. Office of Sport and Sports Without Borders together with other partners, developed the GOALS (Gain Opportunities And Life Skills) program, an initiative developed for young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds.

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Aussie Rules encouraging newly arrived communities in NSW

Aussie Rules encouraging newly arrived communities in NSW

The Parramatta Lions Junior Australian Football Club, AFL NSW/ACT and Sports Without Borders have established a transitional project for newly arrived families. The project invites young people from diverse communities to play Australian Rules football and provides fee support for uniforms and registration. AFL NSW/ACT and Parramatta Lions then provide all families within the club a supportive environment to develop their knowledge and enjoyment of the sport. 

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How Noble Park became a sports participation hub

How Noble Park became a sports participation hub

The popularity of the Australian Football League Women’s competition last summer has resulted in an increased number of women and girls wanting to play in sports clubs. As local councils and sports organisations search for ways to accommodate these new sportspeople, community groups are delivering free sport programs to young people as a ‘stepping stone’ towards joining sports clubs. 

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Welcome and diverse sport communities in NSW

Welcome and diverse sport communities in NSW

Young people from refugee and migrant communities in New South Wales continue to be supported with programs encouraging social inclusion through sport. Sport programs are increasingly utilised to connect with young people and are often led by professional sport clubs, local councils and community groups. Sports Without Borders along with partners Bennelong Foundation and the Telco Together Foundation have contributed to the support of these communities through tailored sport programs, events and a sports scholarship program which provides direct grant funding for young people to participate in sports clubs.

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More than just cricket – it’s a cause

More than just cricket – it’s a cause

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.  

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Young South Sudanese Girl Mixing with the Best

Young South Sudanese Girl Mixing with the Best

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. 

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Soccer a Second Home for Afghan Girls

Soccer a Second Home for Afghan Girls

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.  

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Youth Voices heard at Voicefest

Youth Voices heard at Voicefest

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.

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Carlton Primary School After School Sports Program 2015

Carlton Primary School After School Sports Program 2015

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.

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