Northern NSW Football is proud to announce the launch of its MiniRoos Multicultural Settlement Program.
The free program is designed to build social inclusion and connections with the community for new migrant families.
The program aims to introduce organised football to new migrant girls and boys aged between four and 11-years-old from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Participants and their families will be encouraged to join local football clubs during and following the program to continue their integration into the wider community.
NNSWF Programs Co-ordinator Joe Wright said the program would have a number of benefits.
“The Multicultural Settlement Program will be a great way for participants and their families to be involved with football in a fun, safe and inclusive football environment,” Wright said.
“This will help with their transition into club football where they can make new friends from a variety of backgrounds. Our goal is to transition 200 players from the program into club football.
“By helping them transition into a football club we hope it will help integrate them into the wider community even further and build that connection.”
The program will run for eight weeks and be held at Jesmond and Metford, with each hub hosting three manual registration days.
The program features one-hour sessions run after school hours, with coaches and equipment provided. Coaches will also be from CALD backgrounds.
Each participant will receive a MiniRoos pack including a football, backpack and lunchbox at the end of the program. The final session will also include an activation to celebrate Refugee Week.
MiniRoos Multicultural Settlement Program details:
Metford Hub – Metford Recreational Oval
Manual Registration Days – 14, 21, 28 April 4pm to 5.30pm
Program start date – 5 May 4pm to 5pm
Program end date – 23 June
Jesmond Hub – Heaton Park
Manual Registration Days – 13, 20, 27 April 4pm to 5.30pm
Program start date – 4 May 4pm to 5pm
Program end date – 24 June
CALD boys and girls aged 15+ can apply to become a coach HERE