Sports Without Borders in collaboration with the City of Dandenong and IEmpower Youth has received a grant from the 2011-12 Multicultural Youth Sports Partnership Program grants.

Minister for Sport Mark Arbib and Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs Kate Lundy today announced the successful applicants for the 2011-12 Multicultural Youth Sports Partnership Program grants.

Senator Arbib said the grants, worth between $5,000 and $50,000, would help 12 successful organisations create opportunities for young people from culturally diverse backgrounds to engage with sport and physical activity.

“The Government wants children from all backgrounds to have equal access to sporting opportunities and that’s exactly what these grants will help to provide,” Senator Arbib said.

“Sport is a fabulous driver for building participation and inclusion for young Australians from diverse backgrounds.

“We want to see children out of their lounge rooms and into their backyards, playing with friends, playing down at their local sporting clubs.

“The Australian Government received many high quality applications from a variety of organisations which is testament to the great work already being done around the country.”

Senator Lundy said Australia’s multicultural policy highlights our diverse culture and this program shows the Government’s commitment to creating greater access and equality across multicultural communities.

 “The successful applicants can now develop safe, fun and inclusive sporting opportunities for young Australians from different cultures,” Senator Lundy said.

“The grants will play an important role in helping these young people to participate in their local communities through sport.

“Sport is central to our way of life. Sport helps teach children from all cultures values, such as self-discipline, team work and how to reach your goals.”

The $900,000 three-year Multicultural Youth Sports Partnership Program seeks to support the costs associated with community sport around Australia.

The 12 organisations receiving funding under the 2011-12 program are:

  • Macarthur Diversity Services Initiative;
  • Benevolence Australia;
  • Cabramatta Community Centre;
  • Cricket Australia;
  • Granville Kewpie Soccer and Sports Club Inc;
  • HARDA (Horn of Africa Relief and Development Agency of Australia);
  • Surf Life Saving Queensland;
  • Multicultural Youth South Australia Inc (MYSA);
  • Surf Life Saving South Australia;
  • Soccer COPPS;
  • Edmund Rice Centre Mirrabooka Inc; and
  • Dandenong Area Combined Project (including Sports Without Borders, City of Greater Dandenong and iEmpower Youth.).

Senator Arbib said this program was another example of the Government’s commitment to increasing participation in sport.

In addition to funding national sporting organisations to deliver quality participation outcomes, the Active After School Communities program provides access for up to 190,000 children each term to participate in sport and structured physical activity after school hours.

Media enquiries (Minister Arbib’s office): Sean Sammon 0417 137 419

Media enquiries (Senator Lundy’s office): Jess Hill 0407 926 077