A Youth Action Day was held at Laverton P-12 school on Thursday 17th March as part of the Hobson’s Bay councils Cultural Diversity week 2011. The day promoted physical activity and awareness to 196 young people and encouraged those from a refugee background in the area to participate in sports.

With over one-third of Hobson’s Bay residents born overseas and three quarters of that group coming from non-English speaking backgrounds the day was an important one to get migrants and refugees to participate in sport and also to promote Hobson’s Bay as a welcoming and inclusive council.

Monash University Faculty of Education student volunteers did a great job in facilitating the day and the kids and were supported by Sports Education & Development Australia (SEDA) student volunteers.

Active After School Communities (AAAC) helped to assist SWB in identifying local sporting clubs in the area for the kids to join.

Special guest Mike McKay (Australian rower and four time Olympic champion) attended and representatives of the Sports Australia Hall of Fame and the Australian Sports Commission (ASC).  

With the full support of teachers, fully engaged and collaborated in the program, the day was a huge success for Sports Without Borders.