Webinar: All Eyes on the Ball: The Role of Sport in Integration
July 27, 2010
Whether on the field, in play or as enthusiastic supporters, team sports have a unique ability to rally the whole community behind local champions and celebrate the hero amongst us. Learn how sports participation inspires confidence and a sense of belonging in the individual team player, builds bridges across cultural differences, and contributes to community cohesion long after the winning goal has been scored.
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Arif served as a medical doctor in Afghanistan for Medecins Sans Frontieres and has led the Community Services Team and worked with RAS since June 2001. He identifies health and other special needs at the grassroots level within different refugee communities and initiates response. He works with refugee communities in employment, health and other initiatives which improve lives and advance resettlement.
He identifies sports as one of the areas to help refugee youth in integration and to overcome the resettlement challenges. In 2006 he initiated the Refugees In Sports Initiative and helped youths from refugee background to enroll with mainstream sports clubs specially soccer. Apart from soccer, the programme now facilitates refugee youth involvement in other sports such as cricket, tennis and martial arts.
Dr Bulent (Hass) Dellal OAM was appointed Executive Director of the Australian Multicultural Foundation in 1989, an organisation established to promote a strong commitment to Australia as one people drawn from many cultures. Between 2002-2004 he was also appointed a part time Special Adviser for the Australasian Police Multicultural Advisory Bureau by the Conference of Commissioners of Police, Australasia and the South West Pacific Region.
He has also co-prepared and managed numerous research, reports and programs on community relations, social cohesion, cultural and religious diversity on behalf of Government and the private sector these include the Religion, Cultural Diversity and Safeguarding Australia report 2004, Scanlon Foundation report and Roundtable on Mapping Social Cohesion 2008, 2009/2010 the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Freedom of Religion and Belief in the 21st Century and the Lexicon of Terrorism for the Commonwealth government, Victorian Government and Victorian Police.
Sash was appointed to his role at the North Melbourne Football Club in October 2009, which coincided with the establishment of the Learning and Life Centre- The Huddle. Prior to this role, Sash worked for the Australian Football League (AFL) as a Multicultural Development Officer, and was based at Western Bulldogs Football Club. In the past few years he has worked with numerous migrant and refugee communities in Melbourne and regional Victoria and has considerable experience promoting sport as a tool of integration.
James is the Chair of Sports Without Borders (SWB), a non for profit organisation auspiced by The Australian Multicultural Foundation trust, that he co-founded in 2006 with his son Tom Demetriou. SWB connects newly arrived Australians through sport. He was heavily involved with the AFL’s peace team, a collaborative project between The Peres Centre for Peace and the AFL, aimed at uniting young Palestinians and Israeli’s on the sports field.
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