Celebrating the state’s rich cultural diversity, the TAC Unity Cup program brings together a host of different multicultural communities through the vehicle of Australian football.
The Unity Cup is an initiative of the Australian Federal Police (AFP), AFL Multicultural Program and the Essendon football club and was first played in 2008.
The inaugural Unity Cup featured a round robin football challenge between four Muslim teams, consisting of local community members and representatives from the AFP and Victoria Police. It was focused on strengthening ties withPolice, Muslim and other culturally and linguistically diverse communities (CALD) through a mutual appreciation of Australian Rules football.
The Unity Cup format remained the same until 2011 when, at the request of the Muslim community two more teams; an Indigenous and Jewish team were invited to participate.
The event has displayed a great capacity to embrace change and continues to evolve each year. The number of AFL clubs involved continues to grow with North Melbourne, Western Bulldogs, Melbourne and Hawthorn all participating at some stage. The format has been changed to AFL 9’s touch and the age group of the players was varied from adults to 15 to 19 years to make it more youth oriented.
Over the years Unity cup has also invited teams from interstate, however Victoria remains the home of the Unity Cup.
In 2013 10 Victorian teams supported by Essendon, Melbourne, North Melbourne and the Western Bulldog entered the competition, with some young players experiencing AFL for the very first time.
In 2018 the TAC became the major partner of the TAC Unity Cup and after 14 years the TAC Unity Cup continues to foster a mutual understanding and respect, highlighting positive ways Police and CALD communities work together.
The Unity Cup provides many benefits to those who participate. Talent Pathway Programs, Leadership Programs and Personal Development Sessions are available to build new skills and experience. The TAC Unity Cup is a great way to make new friends and keep fit, both having positive impacts on the health and social wellbeing of participants. There are also volunteering opportunities, if getting onto the field isn’t for you.
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The L2P program is free for eligible young people aged 16-21 years and matches learners with a fully licensed volunteer mentors, who have access to a sponsored vehicle which they can use to get supervised driving experience.
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