Supporting engagement with migrant communities through sport

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THE Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania (MRC Tas) has been kicking goals, following a successful grant application for $298,000 through the Liberal Government’s $19 million 2019/20 Driving Social inclusion Through Sport and Physical Activity Grant Program.

The grant will be used to increase the participation of young people and women from a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) background in sports and recreation.

“CALD communities will have the opportunity and be motivated to participate in sport and recreation activities,” MRC Tas chief executive officer Alison O’Neill said.

“We will have CALD community champion and role models who will be trained with skills and experience, which will ultimately result in the capacity of sport and recreation providers to build inclusive services.

“There’s also an element of work experience programs, which will enable community members to gain work experience in sport and recreation.”

MRC Tas is working with partners such as PCYC, YMCA of Hobart, AFL Tasmania and Football Federation Tasmania.

Tasmanian Liberal Senator Eric Abetz said the grant would help MRC Tas encourage social inclusion and engagement with local migrant communities through sports activities.

“Not only does this grant help promote physical activity, which is key to better physical and mental health, it also helps foster greater social connectivity between young migrants and the wider Tasmanian community,” he said.

“The sporting programs provided by the Migrant Resource Centre will help young migrants forge bonds that will last their entire lives and help them integrate with the broader community.

“The awarding of this grant acknowledges the important role that grassroots and community organisations play in building social cohesion in Australia

“The Liberal Government is investing in the participation, integration and social cohesion of both newly arrived migrants and multicultural communities.”

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