Sports inclusion programs

Welcome Football

With over 15 years’ experience in facilitating participation in sport, CMY recognises that sport is an effective tool for engaging young people, especially newly-arrived young people. CMY delivers sport programs for young people of refugee and migrant backgrounds to increase social cohesion and participation.

Welcome Football is using the world game to support newly arrived Syrian and Iraqi families to build connections in their local communities in and around the City of Hume.  The program has many aspects to it, including:

  • Regular in-school and after-school football programs
  • School holiday programs
  • The youth leadership Community Champions program
  • The Welcome Football Cup to be held in December
  • Support for participants to register for local clubs

Welcome Football is currently recruiting volunteer Community Champions. We’re looking for a mix of newly-arrived young people and longer-term community members who fit the following profile:

  • 16-30 years old
  • Live/play in or around the City of Hume
  • Passionate about football

A CC’s role is to support the delivery of Welcome Football activities, promote participation in the activities among their local community and support participants to engage with their local football clubs.  Volunteers are required to commit to the following: 

  • 2-day Leadership and Coaching Training (26 and 27 September 2018)
  • Welcome Football Cup (15 December 2018)
  • School Holiday Program (17 and 18 January 2019) 

As well as these dates, we will be delivering in-school and after-school sessions throughout Terms 3 and 4 and CCs will be encouraged to co-deliver these if they are available.  It’s a great opportunity for young people to get coaching/refereeing qualifications, build skills and meet new people. 

Please refer to the flyer, and position description for more information. You can apply by filling up the Application Form and emailing it to Ed Alexander on Please contact Ed on 0431 580 341 or via email if you have any questions. 

Game Plan 

CMY's sports program aims to create a more inclusive and responsive sports sector that is attuned to the needs of refugee and migrant young people, as well as increase their access and participation in sport and recreation.

To do this, CMY works with sporting bodies such as a clubs and State Sporting Associations to increase cultural diversity in sport. 

MY Team

Visit our Vimeo channel to watch short films about young people and sports:

YMNT - A young, multicultural netball team in Gippsland.

Refugees Saving Lives - The settlement story of an Afghan lifesaver.

Habib Speaks - The story of an Afghan footy player.

The All Stars - A young basketball team in Collingwood.