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
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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
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
Timas is an unlikely champion. He is a refugee from Sudan who was separated from his family for a year and spent time in a refugee camp in Egypt before being reunited with them in Australia.
His age was appropriated, because his birth certificate was washed away in a flood. He turned 16 on January 1, 2010. This is his story.Read More
Bachar Houli made history in 2008 as the first practicing Muslim to play in the AFL making his debut for Essendon having graduated from the Victorian Metro Under 18 team and being picked at number 42 in the draft.Read More