Football Queensland (FQ) is proud to announce it has partnered with Multicultural Australia to promote social inclusion by delivering the Connecting Through Sport program for migrants and refugees.
Aligning with FQ’s Strategic Plan commitment to provide football participation opportunities for all Queenslanders, Connecting Through Sport gives individuals and families from multicultural backgrounds an avenue into community sporting clubs via a four-week training program.
“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.”
FQ will work with eight clubs in South East and South West Queensland to deliver the program in strategic areas with 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.
“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.”
Multicultural Australia CEO Christine Castley said: “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.
“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.”