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Unity Cup turns 10

One of Victoria’s most loved Multicultural community sporting events will celebrate its tenth season this year when the Unity Cup kicks off on April 2.

One of Victoria’s most loved Multicultural community sporting events will celebrate its tenth season this year when the Unity Cup kicks off on April 2.

Celebrating the state’s rich cultural diversity, the Unity Cup brings together a host of different Multicultural communities for a day of fun and football, where language barriers and cultural differences are forgotten amidst the joy of kicking around a Sherrin.

Created by the Australian Federal Police and the Essendon Football Club in partnership with AFL Multicultural Programs, the 2017 Unity Cup will see over 200 participants aged between 15-21 lace up the boots and battle it out for the coveted Unity Cup title.

Held at JJ Holland Park, Kensington, the gala event will see 13 male and seven female teams take to the field amid the backdrop of the Kensington Community Festival.

Of the 20 teams participating this season, four hail from regional Victoria, with teams from Geelong, Ballarat, Melton and AFL South East.

In addition, 14 different multicultural communities will be represented in the 2017 Unity Cup, with teams from Africa, India, Middle East, Jewish and Indigenous communities.

Helping make the day something to remember will be Australia Post AFL Multicultural Player Ambassadors Jason Johannisen and Lin Jong (Western Bulldogs), Helen Roden (Collingwood) and Darcy Vescio (Carlton).

AFL Victoria Diversity Manager Xavier Moloney said the Unity Cup showcased everything that is great about Australian football.

“The Unity Cup is much more than just a football tournament,” Moloney said.

“There may be a trophy up for grabs for the winning side, but this is a competition where participation is far more important than victory.

“Football is a sport that welcomes everyone, regardless of their size, ability or background and this is never more on show than at the Unity Cup.

“To have so many people from diverse backgrounds embracing our game through this tournament over the past decade is something we are immensely proud of,” he said.

“Participating teams have been training for a number of weeks in the lead up to the event, so we’re encouraging everyone to come along and support their favourite team to ensure our tenth Unity Cup event is bigger and better than ever before.”

EVENT DETAILS:
  • When: Sunday April 2
  • Where: JJ Holland Park, Kensington Rd, Kensington
  • Time: 9am-5pm

TEAMS:

Girls Division:
  • Team Africa
  • WFC – Black
  • Jew Crew
  • Bharat Bombers
  • KickStart Indigenous
  • Geelong
Boys Division:
  • FIDA
  • Jew Crew (Boys)
  • Newport Mosque AIYC
  • Team Africa
  • Werribee FC (Black)
  • Islamic Council of Victoria
  • Bharat Bombers
  • Masala FC
  • Melton Centrals
  • Ballarat
  • Brotherhood of St. Lawrence
  • Geelong
  • South East Team

 

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