CALDPLAY Sports Programs (Adults, Youth and Junior Programs)

This Program will provide clients with social participation opportunities through the medium of sport and physical activity, whilst promoting healthy living. 

Structured sports programs will assist clients to make social connections and enhance their economic and personal wellbeing by providing opportunities to speak English in a social setting and developing employability skills through sport, particularly teamwork and communication.

Each program will be delivered on a sustained model of engagement with new arrivals (minimum six weekly sessions per sport). The program will build trust, awareness, appreciation, understanding and skills for each sport as well as enable participants to develop life and social skills.

Employability Tours

The employability program provides newly arrived refugees and migrants from non-English speaking backgrounds the opportunities to gain skills to support a successful transition from school to employment. The Employability program provides the students with the hands-on exposure to professional employment environmentsincluding a variety of departments within the Western Bulldogs including the Football Department, Sponsorship, Media, Events, Community Services and Merchandise, The Western Bulldogs shop, Barkers café and the Child care centre.

GOAL Program

The GOAL Program; a mentoring program for young African Australians aims at supporting the community to improve engagement, employment and training outcomes for African Australian youth aged 14-18 years. The focus, which has been developed through the co-design process and community consultation, is on a mentoring approach to support participants’ personal development and goal setting. The program also aims to create social capital in connecting young people with successful AFL players and mentors from the broader western Melbourne community, both African and non-African.

School Holiday Programs 

Youth sport and recreation programmes will target all eligible clients aged 14 – 24 years old. Activities will focus on developing life skills, social participation opportunities and developing independence in a family and culturally appropriate framework. Youth activities will include group information sessions and training on leadership, communication and social participation as well as recreational activities and excursions.

Community mentors will provide support, positive social networks and healthy role modelling for clients.

Activities will assist newly arrived youth, humanitarian entrants in particular, to identify common goals and interests, develop a shared purpose and promote a sense of identity and belonging.

Welcome and Community Events

In collaboration with community groups and other service providers, we host community and welcome events which engage with the settlement services client group and assist them to make connections with service providers and the broader community.  Activities may include one-off events to mark community celebrations, such as; Refugee Week, Cultural Diversity Week and Adult Learners Week, or a launch or culmination of a longer-term program.

Contact Us

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