Sports Without Borders in NSW

On the 14th of March 2012, Sports Without Borders held a presentation and workshop in one of NSW’s largest migrant and refugee communities, Fairfield.

The day was run in conjunction with the Department of Sports and Recreation and Fairfield High School, where the session was held. The attendance was great, with local community groups, high schools, council, migrant resource centres, government departments and sporting associations all coming along and participating.

The purpose of the day was to introduce the Fairfield community and sporting associations to Sports Without Borders, who we are, what we do and how we work with local communities. James Demetriou and Athalia Zwartz came up from Melbourne to support Marielle (SWB NSW Representative). As part of the presentation we heard from three young local students who have applied for the Sports Without Borders Individual Direct Grants.

After the presentation a workshop was held where attendees split up into groups where they explored and developed strategies on how we can all work together to get more young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds involved in sport. Lots of great ideas were generated on how we go about securing funding to help run programs, what we need to do to ensure programs are sustainable and what we do to overcome issues and barriers to participation. It certainly provided SWB with lots of opportunities to partner with the community to deliver its programs.

The session was very successful in introducing Sports Without Borders into NSW.