Victoria's most popular sports

Sports Without Borders has five major sports that are socially inclusive for newly arrived Australians: AFL, Basketball, Cricket, Netball and Soccer.

The most popular sports that 15 and over Victorians want to play have been rated in a Herald Sun Article on Monday, June 28, 2010.

 Basketball topped the team sports category with a booming 230, 000 hitting the courts each week. Football and Netball followed close behind with 220, 000 each and Criket had 180, 000 wuth soccer on 120, 000.

The main reason for the popularity of Basketball is that it is truly international and offers Olympic and world championship participation.

Sports Minister James Merlino said Victorians were as active as ever.

"Our local grassroots sporting clubs are the heart and soul of our communities," Mr. Merlino said.

"The latest report shows that Victorian sport remains strong - whether its our indigenous game of Aussie rules, or netball, basketball, golf, soccer and cricket."

Naitonally, soccer topped the poll with the biggest jump in popularity - up 52% since 2001.

 SITS Program

The Social Inclusion Through Sports (SITS) program has been designed by Sports Without Borders and will be delivered in parbtership with five National Sporting Organisations (NSO's), State government multicultural peak bodies, local governments and local comunity service providers