Mzungu gets mul­ti­cul­tural

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

MORE than 40 young peo­ple from cul­tur­ally di­verse back­grounds had a kick with Fre­man­tle Dock­ers player Tendai Mzungu in the fi­nal ses­sion of a six-week long com­mu­nity football en­gage­ment pro­gram on Tues­day, March 22.

The Wel­come To The AFL pro­gram, which ran ev­ery Tues­day af­ter school at River­ton Re­serve, of­fered skills train­ing, par­ent ed­u­ca­tion ses­sions and football re­sources to the eth­ni­cally di­verse River­ton com­mu­nity.

The WAFC’s com­mu­nity en­gage­ment depart­ment worked closely with mul­ti­cul­tural schools and com­mu­ni­ties and of­fered re­sources and pro­grams to help en­hance chil­dren’s skills and knowl­edge of Aus­tralia’s great game.

WAFC com­mu­nity en­gage­ment co-or­di­na­tor Liam Anthony said football was an allinclu­sive sport that acted as an ideal ve­hi­cle to help en­cour­age par­tic­i­pa­tion and de­velop in­ter­cul­tural un­der­stand­ing among youth from di­verse back­grounds.

“It is a great way for young peo­ple to de­velop their skills and knowl­edge of the sport, but to also make new friends and keep ac­tive,” he said.

The pro­gram also pro­vides par­tic­i­pants di­rect ac­cess to other pro­grams such as KidS­port and sport op­por­tu­ni­ties within their lo­cal com­mu­nity.

The West Aus­tralian Football Com­mis­sion de­liv­ered the pro­gram in partnership with the Of­fice of Mul­ti­cul­tural In­ter­ests, City of Can­ning, River­ton Ju­nior Football Club, Depart­ment of Sport and Recreation and Com­mu­ni­care to fur­ther en­gage with young peo­ple from dif­fer­ent cul­tural back­grounds.

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