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.
The program produced pathways for students from Lurnea High School and Miller Tech High School over five weeks experiencing sport sessions of Australian football, soccer, ultimate frisbee, basketball and hockey. Complimenting the sport sessions were a series of interactive and educational sessions which focused on:
- financial literacy
- drug and alcohol awareness
- conflict resolution
- cyber safety
- ‘team of life’ exercise
Participants were encouraged to join community sports clubs after the GOALS program. ‘Sports vouchers’ were offered to students to reduce the cost of registration fees at sports clubs.
Miguel Andrade, Development Officer at Office of Sport, understands the importance of encouraging young people to connect education and sport to engage with young people.
Mr. Andrade said “I feel blessed to have witnessed many of the sessions and to have heard so many positive comments about this program. I hope the participating students are now more knowledgeable about certain life skills and more familiar with some of the many sports that are available to them.”
Special thanks to Bennelong Foundation for their support Sports Without Borders programs and encouraging social inclusion of new and emerging communities through sport.