With the support of Football Federation Victoria, Victoria Police, Hume City Council and Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY) a Coolaroo-based Futsal program has become a stepping stone for Hume’s multicultural youth.
Since its inception in 2007, the Hume Futsal League has created a social network for 12- to 25-year-old youths to learn and socialise while playing indoor soccer.
The league, which will soon launch a girls-only league, held an open day last Tuesday as part of Youth Week.
The 2006 census revealed people from non-English-speaking backgrounds had the lowest participation in organised sport and recreation. About a third of Hume residents are from non-English-speaking backgrounds.
Nick Mac Hail, sports and recreation project officer with the Centre for Youth and Multicultural Affairs, said the league provided an important step to more structured sports competitions, education and even employment.
“We found the greatest barriers to participating in sport for these people were cost, transport, language and cultural differences.
“Futsal was accessible for girls and boys because it is less about speed and strength and more about skill and can be played inside.” Mr Mac Hail said there had been many benefits for participants.
Four youths recently completed grassroots coaching qualifications and were now guiding their own teams.
“This is about a stepping stone for greater things.”
The Hume Futsal League has games each Tuesday from 4-8pm at the Progress Hall, Almurta Avenue, Coolaroo. Cost: $2. Details: 93403700 or 0422150017.
Source : Football Federation Victoria
Published : 13/4/2009