A record number of players from multicultural backgrounds have experienced the joy of kicking around a Sherrin at the Towards Zero Unity Cup gala event on Sunday.
Hundreds of boys and girls from some of Victoria’s most diverse communities gathered at Carlton North’s Royal Park facilities for a day of fun and football.
Created in conjunction with the Australian Federal Police and supported by new naming rights partner, Transport Accident Commission (TAC), the eleventh annual Towards Zero Unity Cup aims to break down cultural barriers amidst the joy of learning Australia’s national game.
While 16 male and ten female teams took to the field to battle it out for the coveted Unity Cup title, football was the winner on the day, with over 250 participants lacing up the boots – some for the very first time.
In the Division 1 Boys competition, it was Bharat FC who took home the coveted trophy, Western Bulldogs’ Leaders of the West team secured the title in the Division 2 Boys competition, while team Umoja claimed the Female Division silverware.
In addition, a host of participation awards were presented to teams who exemplified the AFL Values throughout the day, that being to Play Fair, Play with Passion, Play to Win and Play as a Team.
See below a list of the other awards recipients:
- Play Fair Award: FIDA team
- Play with Passion Award: Islamic Council of Victoria (Female team)
- Play to Win Award: Deakin/Geelong Cats (Female team)
- Play as a Team Award: Wakanda
Check out our Insta-story below for all the action from the event: