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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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Aspiring youth worker coordinates SEAAC Girls Soccer Tournament

Aspiring youth worker coordinates SEAAC Girls Soccer Tournament

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 CentreVictoria PoliceCity of MonashVictorian Immigrant Refugee Women's CoalitionCentre 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. 

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A successful first season for the Zimqueens

A successful first season for the Zimqueens

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.

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The universal language of soccer at Mooroolbark Soccer Club

The universal language of soccer at Mooroolbark Soccer Club

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.

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Aussie Rules Footy: More than just a sport

Aussie Rules Footy: More than just a sport

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.

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Sunshine Heights Football Club: motivated coach gives back through sport

Sunshine Heights Football Club: motivated coach gives back through sport

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.

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African Football ambition comes to Australia

African Football ambition comes to Australia

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.

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Becoming a member of the Australian team: Ali Khorami

Becoming a member of the Australian team: Ali Khorami

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.  

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Ahmad’s Passion for Progress

Ahmad’s Passion for Progress

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.

 

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"It's in the blood" Scholarship Case Study

"It's in the blood" Scholarship Case Study

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.

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