The first ALDI MiniRoos Settlement Programs have successfully concluded with hundreds of recently arrived families participating across two 6-week introductory Football programs within South-West Sydney.
The pilot programs, funded by the Department of Social Services, aimed to assist newly arrived communities during the settlement process by connecting them with existing grassroots football clubs via the game’s flagship junior program, ALDI MiniRoos.
Families from Iraq, Syria, South Sudan and Nepal joined young Australians in a series of game-based football activities hosted by the Southern Districts Soccer Football Association, which has ultimately led to many new player registrations for local clubs such as the Fairfield Hotspurs and Liverpool Rangers.
Development staff from Football NSW and the Western Sydney Wanderers were on hand each week to offer coaching and education services to parents in an effort to support grassroots clubs with the increased demand to participate in the game.
As part of the program, families have been treated to a number of money-can’t-buy experiences by the Wanderers, including participation in the ALDI MiniRoos ‘Half-time Heroes’ program during recent home games.
The Hyundai A-League will again support Harmony Day through the annual Harmony Round over this weekend’s Round 24 of the Hyundai A-League 2017/18 season.