Innovative Football Programme Unites Diversity In Western Sydney

With Australia being knocked out in the early rounds of the Fifa World Cup, it seems that soccer may not be Australia’s most successful or popular sport. But the future of soccer could be changing in Australia with its increased popularity among refugee and migrant children. We see this potential change with the success of Football United; an innovative programme designed to assist newly arrived refugee and migrant children’s integration into their local communities. The programme also acts as a research study by the University of New South Wales evaluating the impact that football has on social cohesion and community participation of refugees in urban areas. The programmes manager of Football United, Assmaah Helal, joined us on The Daily to discuss the organisation.

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