2013 Unity Cup

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

UNITY CUP VICTORIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - 17th March
VENUE: Etzel Street Reserve Airport West
TIME: 10:00 AM

UNITY CUP NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS & FAMILY DAY - 24th March
VENUE: JJ Holland Park, Kensington
TIME: 9:00 AM

Created by Essendon Football Club and the Australian Federal Police in 2008, The Unity Cup focuses on strengthening ties with the Police, Muslim, and other culturally and linguistically diverse communities (CALD), through a mutual appreciation of Australian Rules football for 15 – 19 years old boys.

One of the biggest events on AFL Multicultural Programs calendar the 2013 Unity Cup will be played over two day in March during the Victorian Cultural Diversity Week.

The Unity Cup has had great success over last five years and is now supported by the Western Bulldogs, North Melbourne and Melbourne Football Clubs in addition to Essendon Football Club who created the event with AFL Multicultural program and the Australian Federal Police in 2008.

About the Unity Cup

The first Unity Cup was held in April 2008 at the Essendon Football Club (EFC), Essendon. The Unity Cup was/is the initiative of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the Essendon football club and is now being coordinated by AFL Victoria to grow it further.

The 2008 Unity Cup was focused on strengthening ties with Police, Muslim and other culturally and linguistically diverse communities (CALD) through a mutual appreciation of Australian Rules football. This is still the main aim of the event.
The inaugural Unity Cup featured a round robin football challenge between four Muslim teams, consisting of local community members and representatives from the AFP and Victoria Police.

The Unity Cup format remained the same until 2011 when, at the request of the Muslim community two more teams an Indigenous and Jewish were invited to participate.

In 2012 the Unity Cup was again modified. The number of AFL clubs involved has grown to include North Melbourne, Western Bulldogs and Hawthorn. At the request of the AFL Multicultural Program the format was changed to AFL 9s touch and the age group of the players was varied from adults to 15 to 18 years.

The 2012 Unity Cup featured nine teams from Melbourne’s Muslim, Jewish and Indigenous communities including one team, MUJU that comprised players from Muslim and Jewish backgrounds.  The AFL Multicultural Program sponsored three interstate teams from Perth, Adelaide and Sydney to compete in the event.

After five years the Unity Cup continues to foster a mutual understanding and respect, highlighting positive ways Police and CALD communities work together.

Follow AFL Multicultural Programs via:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AFLMulticulturalProgram
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AFLdiversity
Email: CLTMelbourne@afp.gov.au

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