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Sport knows no borders as youth spring into action, 17/03/11

A day full of sport is on the curriculum at Laverton P-12 College and the students are set to have a ball.

The Mayor of Hobsons Bay, Councillor Michael Raffoul said the Youth Action Day on Thursday, 17th March will form part of the Council’s Cultural Diversity Week celebrations.

“Youth Action Day will promote physical activity and awarness in young people and encourage those from a refugee background to participate in sports,” said Cr Raffoul.

The Youth Action program is an initiative of Sports Without Borders, a Not-for-profit foundation dedicated to providing support for young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds who are involved or want to get involved in sport.

The program will involve the kids in several fun activities throughout the day. Volunteers from Monash University, Faculty of Education and students from SEDA (Sport Education and Development in Australia) will help facilitate the event.

SWB Director – Community and International Development Anne King said that the partnership formed with Hobsons Bay hopes to provide new opportunities for youth to engage, participate and pathway into joining local sporting clubs.

The Mayor said Cultural Diversity Week was especially important in Hobsons Bay as a community celebration of what makes the municipality so welcoming and inclusive.

“Approximately one third of Hobsons Bay’s residents were born overseas, and three quarters of this group come from non-English speaking backgrounds,” said Cr Raffoul.

“The Council needs to make sure people from CALD backgrounds are supported and feel at home in Hobsons Bay.

“To help celebrate their input into our community, multicultural groups will perform at the Altona Beach Festival on Saturday, children from CALD backgrounds will enjoy a Sailing for Harmony day and sausage sizzle on Sunday and local CALD groups can participate in art workshops as part of the See You at Lohse and Woods project on Saturday, 26th March.”