Essendon Football Club: multicultural program

Posted on 02. Jun, 2009 in Speeches

From 15 to 21 March many communities and organisations around Victoria came together to celebrate Cultural Diversity Week, commemorating our state’s rich cultural, religious and linguistic diversity.

I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and congratulate the Essendon Football Club on its work with multicultural communities in the north-west region of Melbourne. Essendon’s multicultural program operates in partnership with the Australian Football League and the Victorian government and aims to develop opportunities to engage people from migrant and refugee backgrounds in Australian football.
In addition the program focuses on promoting cultural diversity and social inclusion to the broader community.

New arrivals and other people in new and emerging communities may often feel disengaged from the broader community. Sport has the ability to break through cultural and linguistic barriers, which makes it a powerful tool to support the development of a stronger and unified society. In my mind there is no better way to welcome new communities to Australia and Victoria than by using Australian football.

Essendon Football Club’s community involvement has now been extended with the launch of the Globall program on 1 March. This new program aims to provide international students with a more positive experience while they are studying in Victoria. The club’s work and vision are also highlighted by its diverse staff and its player list. Essendon’s significant work in the community demonstrates the success of the role sporting organisations play in society. This is just one of the many significant and positive examples.

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