In another incredible achievement for the organisation, Access was a finalist in the category of Sports Leadership at the 2019 Australian Migration Settlement (AMS) awards, after securing the win for Settlement Innovation.

The Multicultural Sports Club (MSC) was nominated for the award for the development of the Multicultural Football League (MFL) and the integral role it has played in the local community.

Established to serve as a community football league and as a home for multicultural teams to play, the MFL currently provides a place of belonging for the 160 members who come together every week.

“The MFL has fostered integration within the community, established friendships, and offered a pathway into mainstream football,” said Janelle Kirby, Sport and Recreation Coordinator for the MSC.     

“Young people are engaged and connected in a safe space, doing something they love,” she said.

The MFL also provides training and employment opportunities through the delivery of the Coach Development Program. The mentoring program equips young people with skills and confidence to apply for further employment within the MSC or with other community partners offering similar employment opportunities.

“As a team we see the success of this league every day – through the young people who show up, their commitment to the game and their desire for further training for those who want it – and through the breaking down of barriers between a large number of multicultural communities,” said Janelle.  

“It is what we strive for, and what we wholeheartedly will continue to foster as long as we can.”

For more information on the Multicultural Sports Club email sport@myq.org.au or visit their Facebook page @MulticulturalSportsClub