Press Releases

2012 Carlton Community Sports Carnival - Young Leaders bring Futsal tournament to Melbourne University

Media Release -  November 19, 2012.

What: Carlton Community Sports Carnival

When: 2 – 6pm, November 24, 2012

Where: Melbourne University Sport, Tin Alley, Parkville

Contact: Tom Demetriou, tom.demetriou@sportswithoutborders.org, 0400002953

Carlton Community Sports Carnival is back! The young leaders of Carlton, with the support of Sports Without Borders, City of Melbourne, University of Melbourne, Melbourne University Sport and Drummond St Services, are proud to present the second Carlton Community Sports Carnival.

Carlton Community Sports Carnival (or CCSC) is a community sports event developed and organised by young leaders from the Carlton Estate with support from Melbourne University’s Student Ambassador Leadership Program.

Shino Ishmail, is a local resident and heading up the organising team for both the initial and the follow up Carnival’s says: “considering the last one was so successful we have high hopes that this one will be better. The reason I am staying on as youth leader in the Carlton area and helping to organise the day is because I want to see the community in my local area come together in unity.”

The day’s main attraction is the 6-a-side futsal tournament, with a boys competition and a girls competition, but the sports clinics, run by Carlton Football Club, Tennis Victoria and Helping Hoops always prove to be popular.  CCSC aims to bring the diverse elements of Carlton together, providing an opportunity for local children to get active, to interact with the University of Melbourne, and to give families and mothers the opportunity to enjoy and relax with some chai and traditional sweets while their children participate.

The initial carnival in March 2012, was also planned by local youth from the Carlton estates, and based on its success, there was demand for a repeat! Around 120 attended on the day, and the winners on the futsal tournament on the day were SS Swag (Flemington Eagles) who overcome the local team Nutella,  2-1, in a tightly fought contest.

Melbourne University Sport generously make their grounds available for the event, with staff attending and supporting.  “It’s great to have these opportunities when the University and local communities can come together to create an event which has so many positive messages and outcomes. We are very fortunate to have Melbourne University Sports’ comprehensive sporting facilities on campus, and sharing these considerable resources is just one of the ways we hope to build stronger connections with our neighbours,” Melbourne Engagement and Partnerships Office said.

Athalia Zwartz, from Sports Without Borders, who have supported the young people and the organising of the Carnival appreciate the support from the partners. “It’s great to see all the different people in Carlton involved, from the primary school to the University, from the sports clubs to the service providers.  It’s particularly great to able to maintain and develop the relationships over time, and see the young people gaining confidence and really stepping up,” she says.