Sports Without Borders is committed to closing the migrant and refugee sport participation gap, club by club and player by player, and today you will witness Five successful grant applicants receive the financial assistance they need to combine with their passion to enable them to follow their sporting dreams. The healing powers and community building qualities of sport were never more clearly illustrated than after the recent horrifying bushfires.Communities in mourning were brought together through football and such is the importance of sport to regional communities that clubs across the nation immediately rallied to replace sporting equipment and facilities as the first step to rebuilding their shattered lives. With the help of our partners, Sports Without Borders is bringing the same spirit of social cohesion to our urban and regional refugee and migrant communities by breaking down the barriers and creating cost effective pathways to participation.
A special thank you to Dr Hass Dellal and his team at the Australian Multicultural Foundation, without whom today would not be possible. The AMF have assisted Sports Without Borders on every level from facilities, to networks and in further good news they have recently facilitated a new Sports Without Borders three-year partnership with philanthropist Peter Scanlon’s Scanlon Foundation, focusing on the Hume and North Melbourne areas. We are delighted to also launch this program today.
To our foundation partner, the Victorian Government, Sports Without Borders and the communities we serve are grateful for your sustained commitment to building a more inclusive Australia through sport.