Football Victoria have announced they will team up with other major sporting organisations to assist at-risk teens and encourage them to turn away from anti-social activity.
Backed by $1.4 million in government funding, the establishment of a new Sports Alliance between sporting organisations and the Victorian Government will look to focus on supporting at-risk youth through created programs.
Various initiatives will be introduced with the aim of engaging young people and helping them build community connections, a greater sense of belonging, social skills and self-confidence.
The Sports Alliance members include Peter Filopoulos (CEO, Football Victoria), Nick Honey (CEO, Basketball Victoria), Dave Donaghy (CEO, Melbourne Storm), Rosie King (CEO, Netball Victoria), Sam Graham (Head of States and Game Development, AFL) and Minister for Community Sport and Youth Ros Spence.
Football Victoria CEO Peter Filopoulos claimed the collective strength of the Sports Alliance will go a long way in driving outcomes for affected youth.
“One of the main reasons that teenagers can drift into anti-social behaviour is because of their lack of integration and connectedness – a feeling that they are not part of the broader society,” he said.
“For young people, sport is arguably one of the most effective ways to form social bonds, find support and structure and reap the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.”
“We have seen for a number of years how sport has been a key driver in turning many at-risk teens away from offensive behaviours that may limit them from achieving positive life outcomes. However, it is evident that there is so much more we can accomplish in this space, and by using Sports Alliance, we’ll be able to pool our resources to reach more youths than ever before.”
“I applaud the Andrews Government for leading this initiative. Thanks in particular must go to Minister Ben Carroll for bringing all these organisations together and empowering sports to do what they do best, which is bringing the community together.”