Council helps Eagles Fly to Sydney

Sports Without Borders, Moonee Valley City Council and Flemington Neighbourhood Renewalhas assisted local junior soccer team, the Flemington Eagles with their participation in the Volkswagen National Junior Soccer Tournament in Sydney.

The Flemington Eagles nearly folded last year but following Council’s crisis intervention meeting, the team not only fielded in the local competition, but won the soccer premiership and an SRV Community Participation Award.

James Demetriou, Chair of Sports Without Borders said “Sports Without Borders has a soft spot for Flemington Eagles club as we supported them when the club had difficulties two years ago. To now see the club be successful in a few grades and have one of its junior teams make it to the regional finals is a true reflection of SWB themes. We could not be happier for the club and its Volkswagen team." Other partners in this great community effort also included Bendigo Bank (Flemington Community Bank Branch), Flemington Rotary and Football Federation Victoria.

On Wednesday 28th September, a Celebration Community Event was organised by the Eagles to thank their supporters.  It was a great success with Councillors Gillis, Kanis, and Cusack and Federal Member for Melbourne Adam Bandt in attendance.

The event highlighted the important role sport plays particularly within our newly arrived communities in building capacity and bringing all sections of the community together.

Sports Without Borders helps newly arrived young people participate in sport, engage with local communities and local government . The approach also attracts volunteer parents with the goal of bringing about true social inclusion through sport. As this example shows,‘Social inclusion through sport’ is not just a line, it’s action that’s life-changing.