Diversity A High Mark In The Football Season

17:55' 27-07-2017
Since 2011, the Australian Football League (AFL) has paid tribute to the multicultural diversity of the Australian community by labelling Round 19 of the football season the “Multicultural Round”.

    Kết quả hình ảnh cho AFL multicultural ambassador and GWS star Stephen Coniglio

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    This year's Multicultural Round, from Thursday 27 July to Sunday 30 July, will feature a clash between Greater Western Sydney Giants and Fremantle Dockers. The match will be played at Sydney's Spotless Stadium on Saturday 29 July, with a festival to be built around the game.

    The NSW Government has committed $480,000 over the next four years to support the festival in Western Sydney, considered one of Australia's most diverse regions. It is also the “home ground” of the Giants. Last year a similar festival in Western Sydney, for the Round 16 match between the Giants and Collingwood, drew more than 12,000 people.

    “Multicultural Round acknowledges the vital contribution diverse communities have made to the game and we're committed to encouraging new communities to embrace the game in the future,”  said AFL NSW/ACT chief executive Sam Graham.

    Up to 25% of current AFL players are from diverse backgrounds, 11% Indigenous and 14% from other ethnic backgrounds. It is not only players who represent the multicultural community. Last year, Victorian club St Kilda began a program to introduce multicultural coaches, beginning with Chinese migrant Jamie Pi. This year, ten clubs are going to follow suit.

    In May this year, in a bid to spread the national game's popularity abroad, the Giants played Adelaide team Port Power in the Chinese city of Shanghai.

    Australian Rules Football is a unique game, followed passionately by most Australians and admired by overseas sports fans. It is fitting that one round of the season should be dedicated to the diversity which is an outstanding feature of Australian society.

    To find out more about the AFL Multicultural Round, visit www.afl.com.au/multiculturalround.

    If you are an International Student, you also have a chance to win tickets to the Melbourne match, between Collingwood Magpies and Adelaide Crows at the MCG on Sunday July 30. To enter the competition, run by Insider Guides, go to insiderguides.com.au/win-tickets-afl. 

    Meng S

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