Creating Chances was born through a ground-breaking partnership between Rugby Youth Foundation and Football United – two not for profit organisations dedicated to creating opportunities through sport for disadvantaged young Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
Creating Chances, in collaboration with community partners, particularly the Community Migrant Resource Centre and the Lebanese Muslim Association’s Thrive Youth Transitions Support project, funded by the Department of Social Services, will deliver Football United community based sport programs with the purpose of enhancing social cohesion and resilience and fostering cross-cultural youth engagement in school and communities. Over term 4 and summer, we will be launching some fun, safe and social football (soccer) programs, for boys and girls aged 8-20 years in Fairfield, Granville, Lakemba, Auburn, Liverpool and Bankstown.
Creating Chances and Football United underpins all of its work with robust Monitoring and Evaluation processes; an Australian Research Council grant (2009-2012) has provided significant learning in relation to Football United’s impact in football for social cohesion within communities with high levels of refugee and humanitarian settlement.
Additionally, specially trained local youth leaders with accredited Football Federation Australia coaching certification will be given the opportunity to deliver sessions at the program. These youth leaders will be mentored by experienced adult coaches with special cross-cultural training and experience to maximise the development opportunities for both the youth mentors and children participating.