Telco Together has been integral to helping SWB expand our work in NSW in 2014. With financial support and hands on assistance from Telco Together volunteers, SWB NSW has run several successful programs this year.
The Gaining Opportunities And Life Skills (GOALS) Programs ran for five weeks each earlier this year in Western Sydney, offering students an opportunity to engage in sport and teamwork. Run by former Socceroos captain Paul Wade OAM, the program was designed to positively reinforce the various ways success manifests itself.
Additionally, in collaboration with Cricket NSW, an in2cricket program introduced students from Intensive English Centres around Sydney to Australia’s favourite summer sport. The four-week program introduced over 400 students to learn the skills necessary to play cricket. Run by Cricket NSW staff, with the assistance of Telco Together volunteers, the students from newly arrived communities experienced the joys of playing cricket and working as a team.
SWB NSW has also been able to provide scholarships from these programs to join local sports clubs. This has allowed students to take what they’ve learned in these programs and apply them to a sporting community. Aside from reaping the benefits of playing sport, these scholarship recipients gain confidence, a connection to the community and a sense of pride for taking part.
SWB looks forward to future work with Telco Together, and to continuing to build on the great foundations laid over the last 18 months in NSW.
These initiatives are powered by SWB’s Social Inclusion Through Sport (SITS) program.