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Kicking Goals for Equal Rights

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A unique football program is scoring a number of goals in promoting education, leadership skills, social justice and inclusion for youth, including young migrants.

The Football United program, in partnership with the University of South Australia and the Port Adelaide-Enfield Council’s Street Sports Program, will be launched on 22nd May 2013 at Windsor Gardens Vocational College. Equal Opportunity Commissioner Anne Gale will make a short speech and have the honour of kicking the first goal, a tradition at the Football United season launches.

The Commissioner said the program isn’t just about playing football. “Football United provides the opportunity for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, who are refugees or new arrivals, to come together and play football, commonly referred to as soccer,” the Commissioner said.

“The program, however, is about so much more than sport. It works with communities with high proportions of migrants, indigenous populations and young children who have come here as refugees with their families.

Racism is a very real issue for some South Australians; we are working with the University of South Australia through the Football United program to support this exciting initiative. We have developed a short workshop that will be delivered through the program to raise awareness of rights and equal opportunity among the participants,” said the Commissioner.

UniSA’s Dr Edoardo Rosso, Football United’s program manager in South Australia, said the initiative was developed with the aim of bringing communities together. 

“The Football United program was developed at the University of New South Wales seeking to promote cohesive communities through on