Brisbane Roar is helping pave the way for new Australians to settle in their adopted country after lending a hand to the Multicultural Development Association’s (MDA) ‘Get set for Work’ program.
Brisbane Roar is helping pave the way for new Australians to settle in their adopted country after lending a hand to the Multicultural Development Association-s (MDA) ‘Get set for Work- program.
Helping refugees and immigrants find work, study and appropriate life skills, MDA is a community organisation devoted to helping the newly arrived ‘fulfil their potential-.
Funded by State Government, the ‘Get set for Work- program is designed to assist ‘disengaged young people- of migrant and refugee backgrounds.
And with one or two of the program-s participants dreaming of becoming a professional footballer, it wasn-t long before the MDA paid a visit to the Roar-s training facilities.
“They-re mad keen on football … and they-ve been bugging me and bugging me from the first day we started the program,” MDA Youth Worker Grace Prince said.
“Some of them already play for their local clubs … and they already have heroes in the Roar.”
Ms Prince said there was no doubting the young refugees- enthusiasm for the game and believed the migrant community was a hotbed of football talent.
“They wanted to play (the Roar) and I said ‘are you kidding me?-,” she said.
“They said ‘we want to versus them, we want to versus them- and I said no way.
“I really think the (migrant community) will be the up and coming future of Australian football.”
A supporter of football in the Brisbane community, MDA will continue its proud association with the club and its annual ‘Roar against Racism- match this year.
For more information on MDA and its services visit the MDA website.