Sports Without Borders and Regional Sports Assembly of Victoria have joined forces with plans to build on their current relationship and to strengthen connections between local sporting clubs that will enable them to deliver even greatersupport to newly-arrived communities. The agreement gives communities in the Regional Sports Network increased opportunities to access funding and project support throughout the state of Victoria.
RSAV CEO, Shane Hughan sees the MOU as backing the current RSAV strategy.
“We see the project as complimenting the good work undertaken by the nine Regional Sports Assemblies across rural Victoria. It also highlights Sports Without Borders commitment to supporting individuals and communities in regional Victoria.”
SWB Chairman, James Demetriou welcomed the opportunity to build on the relationship.
“SWB acknowledges the wonderful high impact programs that RSAV it has delivered and its engagement with diverse communities. SWB welcomes the MOU which solidifies our relationship and looks forward to supporting regional Victorian sport for these communities”.
In the past three years, SWB has successfully worked with members of the RSAV across regional communities. A recent grant to GippSport for soccerclubregistration fees allowed 20 newly arrived Sudanese to play in a Gippsland Soccer League. The Sudanese have branched out into a representative team and combined to play Inan exhibition match with a Gippsland team, which received enthusiastic attendance and local support.
Additionally, a grant from SWB has underpinned a groundbreaking “Sports Bank” initiative, which will be held as a permanent funding source to financially assist Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities (CALD) in Warrnambool and the South West to become involved in community sport.
The idea of the “Sports Bank” will allow CALD communities to apply for an “interest-free” loan to cover up-front costs such as registration fees and uniform costs as these are often some of the greatest barriers for newly arrived refugee families.
The fund will also support grassroots sports in their endeavours to welcome young migrant members and engage their parents in volunteering, coaching and officiating with local clubs, further helping to overcome cultural and language barriers.
Sports Without Borderswas created in 2006 to address the key findings of the landmark Sports Participation report published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics that first identified the unacceptable sport participation gap between new migrant & traditional Australian communities. It found that ‘People born outside the main English speaking countries are two thirds less likely to participate in organised sport.’
SWB provides direct grants to individuals and teams of young people. There are a range of barriers that influence the capacity of newly-arrived migrant and refugee young people to participate in community sport and recreation activities. The key factors include cost, cultural appropriateness, transport, language, and a lack of familiarity with systems and structures.
For more general information on Sports Without Borders visit: http://sportswithoutborders.org/
To see a short video on SWB visit:
Sports Without Borders – We’re all on the same team
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