Melbourne City FC is delighted to announce that its charitable arm, City in the Community, has won the Multicultural Award for Excellence in the category of Sport, from the Victorian Multicultural Commission.
The Multicultural Awards for Excellence are held annually by the Commission to formally recognise individuals and organisations who have led the way in facilitating cross-cultural understanding and providing support for those from diverse backgrounds.
The assessment criteria for the award cited by the Victorian Multicultural Commission are that the winner:
- Develops innovative internal practices that demonstrate the benefits of multiculturalism.
- Promotes cultural diversity within sport and fosters intercultural understanding and inclusion.
- Increases participation of Victorians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in sport.
CITC facilitates a range of programs across Melbourne aiming to promote wellbeing, education, employment and gender equity among young people through the powerful tool of football. It works with organisations within the multicultural space like the Melbourne Afghan Soccer Association and schools with a large multicultural community like Narre Warren P-12 College, Barton Primary School and Cranbourne West Secondary College.
The award caps a successful 2023 for City in The Community, with record numbers of hours delivered in the community, more young leaders transitioning to employment opportunities with the club and charity, nomination as a finalist for VicHealth’s Future Healthy Awards, as well as the club’s Powerchair team being nominated for Disability Team of the Year in the Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation Awards.
Melbourne City FC Head of Community Sunil Menon said: “Receiving the Multicultural Award for Excellence in Sport is an honour for City in the Community and serves as great recognition for our work in the multicultural space.
“We’re proud to contribute to the increased participation of Victorians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds both within sport and their community.”