Football Queensland (FQ) has been selected as Multicultural Queensland Ambassador finalist for the Queensland Multicultural Awards 2018.
FQ, through the delivery of the Welcome to the Game program, was nominated for progressively building productive and proactive community collaboration that uses the power of sport to promoting the benefits of cultural diversity.
The program, a collaboration between community organisations including Welcome to Australia and Multicultural Development Australia (MDA), introduces structured sport for players, coaches, referees and volunteers to newly-arrived communities through events and weekly programs.
FQ has worked to eliminate a number of barriers that limit participation, including adapting competition fees and payment structures and organising kick-off times to accommodate teams during Ramadan.
The program has also provided additional support from competition managers, coaches and administrators to assist groups learn and develop the skills they need to operate in a traditional and formal competition.
Participants come from 33 countries and speak more than 45 languages between them.
For more information and list of finalists, click here.