Welcome to the Game Victoria
Welcome to the Game Victoria is a new program funded by the Victorian State Government under the Multicultural Sports Fund, and auspiced by the Australian Paralympic Committee.
This program works with children and young people living with disabilities that are also from refugee, asylum seeking and other migrant backgrounds. There are no other programs currently active in Victoria that work with this specific group of vulnerable people; a group which has grown significantly in the past 2-3 years.
Upon referral to the program, the Program Coordinator will meet with the young person and develop a tailored plan to help them reach their goals, including identifying a sport or recreational activity they are interested in trying, barriers to engagement and the sourcing of potential disability aids and supports needed to engage. Once the plan is in place, the Program Coordinator will utilise a strengths-based approach to support the young person and their family to enact the plan. This could include supporting them to liaise with the chosen club, team etc., identify carpooling opportunities etc. and assisting with a small subsidy to pay for club fees and uniforms.
The program also has an educational component in which the Program Coordinator, in conjunction with the Australian Paralympic Committee, will provide education and support to local clubs, teams, and organisations about diversity and how to both attract and support new members from migrant backgrounds living with disabilities.
The Program Coordinator will also run school holiday events to encourage participation, inclusion and welcoming to all young people in the community. These events will be advertised and open to young people of all abilities, ethnic backgrounds and cultures.
For more information on Welcome to the Game Victoria, or to refer a young person to the program, please contact the Program Coordinator, Nathan Hamilton at Nathan@welcometoaustralia.org.au or 0466 573 383.
We love sport. It is a defining characteristic of our Australian identity. A place where communities thrive and grow stronger. On the pitch, oval, court or field we are all equal.
Welcome to the Game is all about connecting migrant and refugee youth with sporting opportunities. Our aim is to support young people, their families and their local communities to make meaningful connections through sport.
“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. Sport can awaken hope where there was previously only despair. Sport speaks to people in a language they can understand.” – Nelson Mandela