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.Read More
Posts in the Refugee category
From asylum-seeking camps along the Thai and Burmese border, to the Western Victorian town of Nhill; the journey of the Karen (Kayin) refugees is a great example of how people from different backgrounds can harmoniously both live and grow together.Read More
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.
- Get more (and better) volunteers - Josh Vanderloo (Community Participation Manager, AFL).
- Get more members - Brett de Hoedt (Founder and Mayor, Hootville).
- Innovation - Patrick Skene (Director of Sport and Media, Red Elephant Projects)
- The Integrity of Sport - Richard Ings (former head of ASDA).
• 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: firstname.lastname@example.org, 0400002953
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.Read More
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.Read More
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).Read More
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
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
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:Read More
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.Read More
Congratulations to Sports Wiothout Borders grant recipient, Timas Harik, who won Gold at the 800m and 1500m Victorian Track and Field Championships. He is on his way to the Australian Championships in Sydney later this month with the help of SWB.
SBS News story here.Read More
Watch SBS Report Online featuring grant recipient Duer Yoa, Youth Action Programme and Anne King, SWB Head of Community and International Development.Read More