Welcoming Australia supports exploited, marginalised and minority peoples in Australia. They do this by promoting diversity, multiculturalism, interculturalism, and social cohesion in the community. They have four focus areas of work:
Welcoming Sport is Welcoming Australia’s overarching initiative for programs that embrace the power of sport and recreation as a vehicle for inclusion, opportunity and belonging for all members of the community – including, recently arrived migrants, refugees and people seeking asylum.
There are two elements to Welcoming Sport – Welcome to the Game and Welcoming Clubs.
Support for young people and families from diverse backgrounds and abilities to access sport & recreation opportunities and connect with their local community.
Sport can be an open and inclusive activity, in which migrants can develop a network of friends with similar interests. In times of significant change, sport can be a comforting familiarity to young people. Sport can also provide an opportunity for cultural exchange and learning about community norms and values in a safe environment.
Changing demographics, limited assets, increasing competition and global crises are challenging the traditional role and viability of sport & recreation clubs and activities.
Opportunity exists in embracing diversity and harnessing its strengths for the betterment and growth of both the sport & recreation sector and the broader community.
The future of sport requires a coordinated framework and approach that:
You can see an example case study of a holistic program run by Football Queensland in conjunction with the Welcome to the Game initiative here.
There’s a range of ways Welcoming Australia can help under Welcome to the Game – to find out more go here.
The program supports a growing network of sport and recreation clubs who are committed to building communities where people of all backgrounds have equal opportunity to participate and belong.
Welcoming Clubs is a coordinated approach that provides the framework, know-how and confidence for sport and recreation clubs to cultivate a culture of welcome and embrace cultural diversity and inclusion practices.
Numerous campaigns and initiatives exist to encourage welcoming and inclusion efforts in sporting organisations, however, this goodwill and intent needs to be underpinned by a systemic approach.
The Welcoming Clubs Standard establishes the framework for sports and recreation clubs to:
The Welcoming Club Standard is currently in the public draft and consultation phase so this is an opportune time to make your contribution to this important work. Providing feedback is straightforward – you can find out how and get more information here.