La Trobe University, in partnership with Football Federation Victoria's (FFV) United through Football program, delivers club development training to African community soccer clubs.
Club delegates from Heidelberg, Flemington, Melton, Castlemaine, Preston and Dandenong attended a three-day program at the La Trobe Melbourne campus in Bundoora to learn about committee management, inclusive programs, marketing and financial management as well as managing on-field behaviour.
The United through Football program is aimed at promoting diversity and social connection through football. Run in conjunction with VicHealth the program has run for 3 years in which time FFV has funded over $110,000 to assist 40 community clubs and over 3,000 newly arrived individuals, predominately from Horn of Africa countries such as Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia.
Last year VicHealth’s Acting CEO Associate Professor John Fitzgerald praised the program’s positive message.
‘Physical activity can prevent heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and osteoporosis, some cancers and obesity and provides protection from common mental health problems anxiety and depression.’ Said Fitzgerald.
‘As well guarding against chronic illness, physical activity also strengthens relationships and contributes to healthy communities.’
The training was delivered by Emma Sherry, a senior lecturer with the Centre for Sport and Social Impact and was funded through an ongoing sponsorship between La Trobe University and Football Federation Victoria.
‘The United through Football clubs play an important role in engaging recently arrived refugee communities through sport and recreation,’ says Sherry.
‘It was a privilege to work with Football Federation Victoria and the clubs on this project.’
Feedback from the participants was very enthusiastic as the clubs now implement their training for the 2012 football season.
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