Harmony in footy action
Wednesday, September 24 2014 @ 10:51 pm ACST
Contributed by: Troy Thompson
Celebrate football and cultural harmony later this month as the 2014 AFL season draws to a close.
The whole Perth (WA) football community is invited to attend the Harmony Cup Carnival which aims to unite communities, and showcase talented culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) players.
The carnival will occur on the 30th of September and will see the Edmund Rice Senior Lions take on Nic Naitanui Academy at Barry Britton Reserve at 1pm.
A curtain raiser will also be held at 11am when the Edmund Rice Young Lions play Butler Falcons, the girl’s multicultural football team.
“This carnival is an important event on our calendar,” says carnival organiser Bella Ndayikeze. “Not only is it an opportunity for the teams to show off their playing form, but it’s a chance to come together and celebrate cultural harmony through sport”.
“Joining an AFL team not only introduces our players to a new game, it offers them the perfect opportunity to experience something uniquely Australian and use that to integrate into their new home.”
Bring the whole family to enjoy fun activities and community stalls as well as the two showcase games.
The Edmund Rice Lions football team were the first Multicultural AFL Team in Australia and are made up of young people born outside Australia. The Lions are built on three pillars:
1. The Edmund Rice Centre Mirrabooka has a proud tradition for delivering effective grass-roots sporting programs and has strong links with local sporting clubs.
2. Over the past four years, the Lions have transitioned numerous players into local and WAFL clubs.
3. The Edmund Rice Centre Lions Harmony Cup Carnival is proudly supported by the Edmund Rice Centre Mirrabooka (ERCM), West Australian Football Commission, Department of Sport and Recreation, Department for Local Government and Communities, City of Stirling, Subiaco Football Club, Fairgame WA, Anglicare, Edmund Rice Centre Mirrabooka Youth Leadership group and Balga Bombers JFC.
Date: Tuesday, September 30
Time: 11am – 4pm
Place: Barry Britton Reserve, Balga
Games: Young Lions v Butler Falcons at 11am and Senior Lions v Nic Naitanui at 1pm