Football Federation Tasmania are pleased to announce that a recently formed partnership with the Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) is leading to increased opportunities for players to join our sport.
Following an initiative from the FFT Board and subsequent meetings with MRC staff it was agreed that FFT would host two engagement sessions to allow players to join the program. The aim of the partnership is to create a pathway for clients of the MRC to access the opportunity to play football and join local clubs.
The Migrant Resource Centre is based at KGV Oval and the majority of players are resident in the local area. On that basis, Hobart’s northern suburbs clubs Glenorchy Knights, New Town Eagles, Hobart United, Metro and Hobart Zebras, along with Clarence United, have been proactive in sourcing players.
The two engagement sessions at KGV Park saw 48 young people join in and already 30 new players have successfully been transitioned to clubs for the start of the 2017 season.
The Migrant Resource Centre has identified potential players who are under 25 years and are recently arrived to Tasmania. The MRC will provide on-going support as well as, where possible, co-ordinating transport options and communicating training arrangements to the players.
Opportunities still exist for other players and also additional clubs to become involved in what is planned to be an on-going arrangement to ensure that everyone has the chance to play football in Tasmania.