Seasons Greetings 2012


2012 has been a big but successful year for Sports Without Borders. We have continued facilitating important programs in the community and deepened our engagement and consultation with communities across Victoria. Our focus has remained the same – innovation, engagement and leadership.

We’d like to take this opportunity to say a very big thank you to everyone who has supported Sports Without Borders over 2012. Pease enjoy these highlights from the year.


2012 Conference

In June, the second annual SWB Conference saw the Australia-wide sports sector come to Melbourne to hear from the best and share their own experiences. Our conference partners and sponsors were Our Community, Australian Multicultural Foundation, Australian Sports Commission, Victorian government, FinPa Australia and Sporting Pulse. Excitingly, the conference was the springboard for the We’re All On The Same Team (WOATST) ad campaign, which was launched by Minister for Sport, Senator Kate Lundy.  This message is not only the motivation for our ongoing work, also but provided an inspiring platform to start the day.

Speakers such as the Honourable Kate Lundy, Federal Minsiter for Sport, the Honourable Hugh Delahunty MP, Victorian Minister for Sport, Clem Rodney, Susan Crow, Francis Leach, Patrick Moriarty, Brett de Hoedt, our own James Demetriou and Athalia Zwartz and more discussed the importance of sport to communities in Australia, female, indigenous and multicultural sport participation and marketing strategies for clubs and organisations.

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Next years’ program has already been developed. If you wish to attend please do not hesitate to express your early interest.



SWB was lucky enough to work with some of Australia’s most successful and diverse sportspeople including Steve Moneghetti, John Aloisi, Liz Cambage, Robert Dipierdomenico, Liz Ellis, Chris Johnson, Andrew Gaze and Lydia Lassila to create an ad campaign, ‘We’re all on the same team,’ which will air on SBS and various social media channels between December 2012 - May 2013. Our partners in this project are ProjectProject and Satchel Media.

The ad “We’re All on the Same Team”

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Scholarships Programme

As part of this program young people from each LGA participated in leadership and sports management training; our Executive Director, Athalia Zwartz facilitated workshops together with the Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY) to develop the skills, capacity and confidence of young leaders. These young leaders were then supported in developing and organising a sports event for their community where applications for SWB Sports Scholarships were explained and distributed.

The scholarships supported young boys and girls to be involved in soccer, basketball, netball, AFL, rugby, tennis, swimming, athletics, cycling, boxing, taekwondo and more. Stories of some of the young people we sponsored can be found on our website.

If you would like to support our Sports Without Borders Scholarship programme which supports young people to be involved in sport please Give Now.

Welcome to Australia – the role of sport.

Another exciting program that worked with families and then supported young people into sports clubs was the Welcome to Australia project funded by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship. Thank you to all our partners: Migrant Information Centre, New Hope, Australian Sports Commission, Centre for Multicultural Youth and the Eastern and Central African Communities of Victoria. The project brought together families, local clubs and community members to talk about sport and the benefits of sport for all and then supported over sixty young people in joining local clubs in different sporting codes.


Carlton Community Sports Carnival

As in past years, a big part of SWB’s year was focused on local community and inclusion. This is a theme close to our heart and with the support of multiple partners we undertook the Carlton Community Sports Carnivals held in March and November.These carnivals were organised by  Carlton’s local young leaders and Melbourne University Student Ambassadorial Leadership Program volunteers, supported by SWB, Drummond St Services and MEPO and funded by City of Melbourne.  Thank you to the Victorian Multicultural Commision for their contribution to building the sustainability through sports scholarship funding for young boys and girls in the community to continue participating in organised sport.

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Heart of Carlton

Another exciting programme for the residents of Carlton was the Heart of Carlton project, a partnership between SWB, Carlton Primary School and Melbourne Heart funded by the City of Melbourne’s ‘Opportunities for Carlton’ initiative. The University of Melbourne is also conducting an evaluation of the project to assist with future projects in this field.

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This year was the kick-off for SWB N.S.W., led by Marielle Latour in Sydney. The year started with a workshop in Fairfield to introduce SWB to the community and provide opportunities for local partnerships and also the establishment of our scholarship programme. The session focused on true SWB principles of collaboration and alliance and explored and developed strategies on how to work together to get more young people involved in sport. In addition, the ‘Social Inclusion Through Sports’ project was successfully run with the Fairfield and Auburn Migrant Resource Centres as partners. The project mirrored our Victorian sports scholarships program and facilitated young people from CALD backgrounds’ involvement in sport.

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New Partnerships

As we farewell 2012 we look forward to 2013, in particular the opportunity for successful and meaningful partnerships. We have recently developed a community partnership with the Telco Together Foundation.. Telco Together is a registered charity that brings together the telecommunications industry in support of disadvantaged communities; they have chosen SWB as their partner for promoting social inclusion. Members of the foundation include Optus, Vodafone, Dodo, Globe Telecom and many more and we are enormously excited to be a part of this great initiative.

‘Let’s all Play’

We are also looking forward to continuing our work in the City of Monash with phase 2 of the ‘Let’s All Play’ project undertaken with Monash City Council, South Oakleigh Secondary College and Wellington Secondary College. Continuing on from our involvement with these partners in 2012, SWB will offer leadership training and engagement opportunities to students and work with local sporting clubs and organisations. We are very excited to be committed to this ongoing project in the next two years.

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To all our staff, our auspicing partner Australian Multicultural Foundation (AMF) and Hass Dellal, thank you. And thanks to you, for your support over 2012. Seasons Greetings!

James Demetriou                                                 Athalia Zwartz                                      

Chair                                                                  Executive Director

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