Football Victoria (FV) has announced a formal partnership with the Melbourne Chinese Soccer Association (MCSA).
The partnership was created with a mutual alignment of values, including a desire to promote sporting opportunities and social inclusion for men and women from culturally diverse backgrounds.
It builds on the positive relationship between the two organisations, ratified in 2019 with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding.
“MSCA and FV share a common goal for football to be used as a platform to promote multiculturalism, gender diversity, an active lifestyle and social inclusion,” FV CEO Kimon Taliadoros said.
“This partnership will make the world game more accessible for more people. This is a great result for football in Victoria.”
MCSA was established in 1995 and aims to provide opportunities for young people, predominately but not exclusively for those of Chinese heritage to play football in a friendly, competitive environment.
The association accommodates approximately 1,800 registered players, consisting of more than 70 cultural backgrounds.
As part of this collaboration, MSCA will continue to be the main organiser of the MSCA Winter League, Melbourne U-Nite Men’s Cup and Melbourne U-Nite Women’s Cup.
FV will provide MSCA with priority pitch access for bookings at Darebin International Sports Centre and Knox Regional Football Centre, as well as match balls, meeting spaces and other amenities.
The partnership will provide increased opportunities for people from diverse backgrounds to stay active and socially included.
“MSCA focuses on providing affordable football for the diverse grassroots community of Melbourne,” MSCA President Ben Lau said.
‘’MCSA is excited with the opportunity to work with Football Victoria to ensure that our diverse grassroots community is the winner.’’