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
The ‘Zimqueens’ are a group of Zimbabwean women and girls who meet twice a week to participate in social netball games. What is remarkable about the Zimqueens, is that they are a grassroots initiative who have created a self-devised program which encourages inclusion of women and girls from new and emerging communities in community sports.Read More
From Morocco to South Africa it doesn’t matter what the football is made out of – plastic or skin - you will see football played in Africa. It is an obsession. At the highest level, many of the game’s finest players have come from Africa. Didier Drogba, Toure and Kanu to name a few. They are often adopted and even naturalised by the country they play most of their football - a testament to football’s role in breaking down racial barriers.Read More
From asylum-seeking camps along the Thai and Burmese border, to the Western Victorian town of Nhill; the journey of the Karen (Kayin) refugees is a great example of how people from different backgrounds can harmoniously both live and grow togetherRead More
Ali Khorami travelled to Australia alone in 2010, leaving his mother, brother and sister at home in Pakistan.
Membership to a cricket club was an ideal way for Ali to get involved in his new community; “I already knew how to play – at home we played in the street with nets”. Although the thought of joining a team where he nobody was daunting – Ali grew up playing with “friends and neighbours” who he knew well – his skill and enthusiasm are a great help. As he well knows, a passion for cricket will get you far in Australia.Read More
Eighteen-year-old Ahmad Hussein Fawad is an exceptional young man. He has a well-mannered, gentle personality, strong leadership qualities, engages with his cultural and local communities and plays at a representative level in his chosen sport, soccer.
Ahmad was born in Kabul, Afghanistan and due to the ongoing conflict his family fled to Australia in 2007. His arrival in Australia, along with his mother and two younger sisters, united him with his father who had left Afghanistan in 2000. Upon arriving in Australia Ahmad studied at an English language school to help him overcome the language barrier.
Daniel Aye is twelve years old and migrated to Australia from Thailand in 2009 at the age of nine years old. Prior to the Sports with Newly Arrived Communities program, Daniel had never been part of a sports club but instead used to casually play tennis at both his primary and secondary school.Read More
Twenty-year-old boxer and student Ibrahim Osman is the seventh in a family of ten children – no doubt the solitude of the boxing ring is something not often found at home.Read More
Turkish-born teenager Ceren Goksenin arrived in Australia as an eight-year-old in 2006, travelling by plane with her mother and brother. They now live in Shepparton with her stepfather.
Ceren comes from a family of basketballers; her brother plays competitively in Shepparton and her mother began to play back in Turkey when she was as young as grade five. So when Ceren started asking to play basketball simply because she “wanted to,” it was an aspiration completely understood by her family. It seems it’s in their blood.Read More
At nineteen years old, Liban Mohammed’s resume is longer than most; student, soccer-player, local sports advocate, community mentor... The list goes on.Read More
Sixteen-year-old Afghani-born Majid plays soccer to become closer to a dream most adults would find unnervingly selfless for such a young man; “I really enjoy helping people. That is my goal.”Read More
Twelve-year-old Haftu Strintzos has come from the other side of the world to impress kids, families and politicians alike with his speed and dedication on the running field.Read More