Football Victoria (FV) and two of its key partners were last night recognised at the 2019 Australian Migration and Settlement Awards at Parliament House, Canberra.
The ALDI MiniRoos Multicultural Settlement Program (which FV and other member federations work with FFA to deliver) took out the Sport Leadership category. The Welcome Football program (which FV partners with the Centre for Multicultural Youth to deliver) was also nominated in the same category.
The ALDI MiniRoos Multicultural Settlement Program offers football for newly arrived migrant, refugee and asylum seeker children aged 4 to 11. It has so far been delivered at the following locations:
- Sacred Heart School Fitzroy - delivered by FV and Fitzroy Lions Soccer Club
- Fitzroy Primary School - delivered by Fitzroy Lions Soccer Club
- Western English Language School - delivered by FV
- Westvale Soccer Club - delivered by Football Empowerment (currently running)
FV CEO Peter Filopoulos said the program attracted over 300 participants this year in Victoria and showed how football played a key role in fast-tracking multicultural inclusion across Australia.
“Football across Victoria, Australia and the world has a real power to connect people, regardless of age, gender or background,” Mr Filopoulos said.
“The ALDI MiniRoos Multicultural Settlement Program is a fantastic example of how the world game assists newly arrived children and their families integrate and have plenty of fun as well. Some students involved have already registered at their local club which further proves the program’s success.”
Welcome Football also uses the world game to promote social cohesion and build connections to the local community for newly-arrived young people and their families as they are settling in Australia. The program is focused in Melbourne’s northern region, with particular attention on Hume and surrounds (Whittlesea, Darebin, Moreland) where settlement numbers from Syrian and Iraqi communities have been most significant.