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All Cultures – a program that aims to connect people from new migrant groups with their local sporting clubs.

The Minister for Sport, Kate Ellis, has launched a new online resource in February to help sporting groups engage more sports people from culturally diverse backgrounds.

Minister Ellis joined the Australian Sports Commission and leading national sports to promote All Cultures, a program that aims to connect people from new migrant groups with their local sporting clubs.‘ 

As the composition of our community continues to evolve then so must Australian sport,’ Ms Ellis said. ‘New migrants are two-thirds less likely to participate in sport than other Australians and that’s a real shame. They are missing out and sport as a whole is missing out.’‘We want to make sure that people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds can reap the lifelong health and social benefits of sport.

‘Many of our grassroots and elite sports are missing out on the new skills and greater participation rates that the involvement of people from diverse origins can bring.

‘I want to see a multicultural sporting landscape that includes players, coaches, officials, administrators and supporters from different cultural origins.’

The Australian Sports Commission’s All Cultures program aims to lift low participation rates by providing advice to the Australian sporting sector about how to be more inclusive.

The new online resources include videos detailing existing multicultural sport programs and useful tips for clubs, coaches and officials. The website complements the All Cultures education programs and an ambassador-led awareness program.

‘With Harmony Day on 21 March, now is the time for sporting groups across the nation to consider how they can better involve people from diverse cultural backgrounds,’ Ms Ellis said.

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship is working closely with the Australian Sports Commission to promote the All Cultures resource to schools and community groups.

For more information, please visit the ASC All Cultures website

 

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