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African football ambition comes to Australia

African football ambition comes to Australia

From Morocco to South Africa it doesn’t matter what the football is made out of – plastic or skin - you will see football played in Africa. It is an obsession. At the highest level, many of the game’s finest players have come from Africa.  Didier Drogba, Toure and Kanu to name a few. They are often adopted and even naturalised by the country they play most of their football - a testament to football’s role in breaking down racial barriers.

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Media Release - 2013 Sports Without Borders Grassroots Sports Conference

Media Release - 2013 Sports Without Borders Grassroots Sports Conference

MEDIA RELEASE

01/05/13

What: 2013 Sports Without Borders Conference – Innovation and Integrity.

Where: Moonee Valley Function Centre

Date: Friday May 3, 2013

Media opportunity: Senator Kate Lundy (Minister for Sport) available for interview between 10:45am – 11:05am.

The Test, the Open, the Grand Final – these events structure our year as much as the big religious festivals. Questions about Bradman turn up in citizenship exams. In this country sport means something.  We’ve spent more on the Olympics than on the National Broadband network. From the top down to the grassroots, we use sports to express our values. Those values have to come from all of us and speak to all of us. They have to change with the times.

Sport and parochialism are inseparable in Australia. More then any other country, sport defines who we are, our values and where we are going.

The 2013 Sports Without Borders/Our Community national grassroots sports conference (May 3, 2013, Moonee Valley Racecourse) will question whether we who facilitate sports: administrators, clubs, volunteers and National Sporting Organisation’s (NSO’s), coaches, SSOs, are being innovative enough to change with the times.

The conference will also address the widely held assumption that grassroots sports clubs are acting in a way that upholds the integrity of sport and its community.

The new Chair of the Australian Sports Commission John Wylie has announced mandatory reforms or proposals on innovation and governance. The ‘Great Debate’ a new item at the conference, will delve into this, debating the topic  “Australian sporting groups are letting the team down with ineffective financial and organizational

management and poor engagement practices.” Pitting Steve Horvat (Melbourne Knights FC board) and Rita Panahi (media commentator and SEN host) against two surprise (secret) debaters, and facilitated by Francis Leach (ABC Grandstand).

The conference teams many high profile keynote speakers and MCS, including, Senator Kate Lundy (Minister for Sport, The Hon. Kristina Keneally (CEO of Basketball Australia) and Richard Ings (former head of ASDA), Patrick Skene (Red Elephant) and Josh Vanderloo (AFL) and futurist Steve Tighe, as well as our old friends Paul Kennedy and Brett de Hoedt.

The conference will also offer best practice workshops for participants.

  1. Get more (and better) volunteers - Josh Vanderloo (Community Participation Manager, AFL).
  2. Get more members - Brett de Hoedt (Founder and Mayor, Hootville).
  3. Innovation - Patrick Skene (Director of Sport and Media, Red Elephant Projects)
  4. The Integrity of Sport - Richard Ings (former head of ASDA).

Key takeaways:

• In the digital age, how do you recruit and retain your volunteers?

• In a spectator-led age, how do you develop systems to engage members?

• What has to change before under-represented groups – women, people with disabilities, people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities, gay and lesbian people and Indigenous Australians – see your club as relevant to their lives?

• What partnerships are becoming possible with emerging stakeholders?

• Marketing: not just a good idea, it’s the game.

• Learn from the professionals how to innovate – it’ll push you ahead of the pack.

For more information and for registration: http://www.ourcommunity.com.au/swb2013

Media Enquiries: tom.demetriou@sportswithoutborders.org, 0400002953

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Speakers at the 2012 SWB National Community Sports Conference

Speakers at the 2012 SWB National Community Sports Conference

Australians love our sports; the thrill of competition, the warm glow of fellowship and the joys that come with being part of a team drive this passion. But not everybody gets a fair go in Australian sports today.

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City of Shepparton and SWB introduce sports to migrants and refugees

City of Shepparton and SWB introduce sports to migrants and refugees

On Tuesday March 20, 2012 Sports Without Borders travelled up the Hume to Shepparton to facilitate a sports day for local schools, as part of the DPCD (Department of Planning and Community Development) project. Isik College, Shepparton English Language Centre and Maguire Secondary School and The City of Shepparton itself have large refugee populations.

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2011 Sports Without Borders Seasons Greetings

2011 Sports Without Borders Seasons Greetings

Dear friends,

The year 2011 bought challenges, opportunities and ultimately success for Sports Without Borders. SWB continued programs like the grants program and Youth Action while adding leadership programs for newly arrived communities and the Social Inclusion Through Sports (SITS) program. (Online Version with pics).

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Sports Without Borders National Sports Conference 2011 Post Conference Media Release 01/07/2011

Sports Without Borders National Sports Conference 2011 Post Conference Media Release 01/07/2011

Participation and Inclusion

The first Sports Without Borders National Sports Conference on 27 June, 2011, truly crossed all borders and left those in attendance undoubtedly more inspired and informed about community sport and the need to address issues around inclusion.

Photos available on Facebook

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Sports Without Borders National Sports Conference, Post Conference Press Release

Sports Without Borders National Sports Conference, Post Conference Press Release

PLEASE NOTE: There will be a post-conference press release available tomorrow as well as extra information from the panelists. Speeches from panelists will be made available through Our Comunity. More information available in tomorrow's press release.

Read yesterdays press release

See ABC News item on our You Tube channel

Remember to keep tweeting on #swb2011, Follow us @sportswb and join our Facebook page

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ABC, Q & A, Monday 7 June 2010 - hosted by Tony Jones

ABC, Q & A, Monday 7 June 2010 - hosted by Tony Jones

Tony Jones hosts Kevin Sheedy, Chris Bowen (MP), Prue Goward (Shadow Minister for Community Services), Scott Morrison (Shadow Minister for Immigration and Citizenship), Heath Ducker (Lawyer) and Samah Hadid (UN Youth Ambassador)

The discussion centres around policy and immigration, refugees, boat people, the economy and sport.

AFL Legend Kevin Sheedy spoke about the connection that people feel through Sport.

Here is a segment of his response:

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If there's one thing we're about it's Unity

If there's one thing we're about it's Unity

Essendon partnered with North Melbourne FC and Sports Without Borders for the first time to host the third Unity Cup with the Australian Federal Police at Windy Hill last Sunday.

For photos Visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/sportswithoutborders/

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