Football Queensland’s (FQ) Connecting Through Sport program, in conjunction with Multicultural Australia, will promote social inclusion for migrants and refugees.
This partnership aligns with FQ’s Strategic Plan and its commitment to offer football participation opportunities for all Queenslanders.
“This terrific initiative is a fantastic fit for our sport and FQ’s values of respect, pride, integrity and unity,” FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci said.
“Football is a uniting force and a common language shared the world over, a true game for all.
“Together with our clubs, ambassadors and Multicultural Australia, we are pleased to break down barriers and provide positive, inclusive experiences for migrants and refugees, be it as players, referees, coaches or volunteers.”
Connecting Through Sport allows individuals and families from multicultural backgrounds a pathway into community sporting clubs by undertaking a four-week training program.
“Structured programs like Connecting Through Sport are very effective in engaging people from different backgrounds and communities,” FQ Diversity & Inclusion Officer Butrus Haider said.
“Over time, we believe this will help them transition towards becoming full-time members of their local football clubs. It is beneficial for everyone. Players get to establish a connection to a new community and the club increases their membership.”
FQ will work with eight clubs in South East and South West Queensland in an effort to deliver the program towards areas that have a high density of newly arrived migrants.
The clubs are USQ FC and Rockville Rovers in Toowoomba, and Acacia Ridge, Bethania Rams, Centenary Stormers, Logan Metro, North Star and Western Pride across Brisbane, Ipswich and Logan.
“Sport is a fun way to stay healthy and active, but it also connects communities and provides opportunities for people from diverse backgrounds to meet, play and share experiences,” Multicultural Australia CEO Christine Castley said.
“We want all Queenslanders to know that they are valued and that their contributions will help make our society stronger.
“We are a very generous and welcoming state, and we love our sport, which is one of many ways where we can unite and connect our communities.”