The AFL Multicultural Round will celebrate “Many Cultures, One Game” honouring the contribution culturally diverse communities make towards the game at all levels.
Thanks to the Australia Post AFL Multicultural Program, international passport holders will be given the opportunity to attend a match during this round for free.
AFL CEO Gillion McLachlan praised the initiative and is excited for its launch.
“The AFL and Australia Post are excited to have launched ‘My Passport to Australian Football’ which aims to welcome thousands of multicultural spectators to the game during this round dedicated to celebrating diversity in football and more broadly in the Australian community,” he said.
This shows that no matter your race, class, gender or religion, AFL is a sport that accepts anyone who gives it a go.
Since its launch in 2005, the AFL Multicultural program has encouraged more than 15,000 people from migrant families to experience AFL games and also get involved with their local football clubs.
AFL Community Ambassador Nadine Rabah would love for more people from diverse backgrounds to get involved in our game, particularly women. This can be as players and umpires or even as simple as helping out their children’s team by being a runner or running the boundary.
“This great initiative by both the AFL and Australia post has encouraged community strengthening and inclusion within the wider Australian community,” she told The Newsroom.
“I, along with the help and guidance of others, would love to break down any barriers stopping people from accessing football.”
The AFL Multicultural Program has appointed 10 Australia Post AFL Multicultural Ambassadors in 2014 which include the likes of Nic Naitanui, Lin Jong and Bachar Houli. These players work with local communities in a bid to unite people of different cultures across the country.
When asked what multicultural round meant to him, Naitanui said “Celebrating diversity in our great game.” He said it an honour to be an AFL multicultural ambassador.
This program also runs a community ambassador program that looks to further engage multicultural communities in Australian football through a network of dedicated volunteers. The ambassadors collaborate with both the AFL and local communities to focus on achievable outcomes desired by all. – Iman Kamareldin
Top photo by Daniel Walker.