AFL Multicultural Program Flag

  • Award Entered:
    Sport Federation or Governing Body of the Year
  • Parent Organisation:
    Australian Football League
  • Project Host Nation:
    Australia
  • Overview of Project:
    The Australian Football League (AFL) initiated the Multicultural Program in 2005. Since that time, the program has grown through employing staff across Australia, securing partnerships with a number of AFL Clubs, government and community organisations. Through a suite of initiatives, the Multicultural Program connects with new and emerging migrant and refugee communities using football to assist in their settlement within Australia. Australia has a long history of passion for sport. Australian Football is Australia’s Indigenous game, and it’s most popular. The Multicultural Program uses Australian Football as a tool to build community harmony, social cohesion and integration, using the sport’s core values of teamwork, leadership, respect, harmony and fair play to work with diverse cultural communities throughout Australia. The initiatives available through the Multicultural Program include: • free programs in schools with a high culturally and linguistically diverse student population; • visits to AFL Matches at no cost to for refugees and migrants; • free resources for local Clubs, teachers and students; • free programs targeting International Students; • free cultural awareness training for local Clubs; • registration subsidy program introducing young people to community club football; • Multicultural and Indigenous Talent Pathway Program; and • Living in Harmony program

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