A Sports Without Borders grant for equipment and coaching fees helped to re-establish Flemington Eagles soccer club, which went on to win the 2010 North West boys Under 11 Orange competition, remaining undefeated throughout the season.
It is amazing achievement for a club who at the start of the season found there was no-one to run it. At rock bottom, the club held a crisis meeting and formed a committee of parents from African backgrounds to reinvigorate the club. Awil Hussein, chairperson of Somali Youth Victoria, volunteered as Club Secretary and alongside Football Federation of Victoria, Moonee Valley City Council, Flemington Neighbourhood Youth Renewal and with the financial help through the grant from Sports Without Borders, picked the club off the floor and stormed to victory.
“Now all the boys are so excited and over-the moon for winning their first championship,” Mr. Hussein said.
Adding to its list of achievements the club has also taken home one of the Victorian Government’s 2010 Community Sport and Recreation Awards and was also awarded the Community Participation Award in recognition of the strong community involvement at the club.
“The whole community are proud of the achievement of their young boys and the contribution they have made to the wellbeing and success of the Victorian community. Some of the players are even dreaming of becoming a professional sportsman and one day being able to wear the green and gold to play for the Socceroos”, said Mr Hussein.
It’s a special moment for the whole club and a great example of a diverse community working in unity to reach a common goal. Sports Without Borders is proud to have been involved in such a wonderful outcome.