Every week 15 to 20 young Moreland men from culturally and linguistically diverse communities use the Fawkner Community Sports Hall to get active and socialise with Active Moreland's Youth Boys Basketball program.
Now in its second program, YMCA Victoria in collaboration with Moreland City Council's Youth Services, financially assist with subsidising program costs and ensures the group does not have to experience the financial and social barriers associated with playing sport.
Two program participants have also been inducted as YMCA volunteers to assist with the delivery of the program. The two volunteers, Hassan and Abdullaj, say there are many reasons this program has helped them, their friends and their community. “If it wasn't for the program, most of the boys would have probably given up on playing basketball as they had no place nearby their homes to play, but now that they have the court, they're encouraged more than ever” said one of the program volunteers.
The program participants and their parents have realised they too are part of the Moreland community and feel that Active Moreland is as supportive and inclusive of them as anyone else in the community.
Not only are the youth reaping all the benefits of being active in an accessible, safe and controlled environment, they have said with the ongoing support of Active Moreland to deliver the program, they are now excited of the potential to be involved in other youth programs in the future.
Fawkner Community Sports Hall can be hired out to community groups or private bookings for events and activities. See Fawkner Community Hall for more information.