Rob Munro is not your average volunteer.
A long-time teacher at North Geelong Secondary College and supporter of the Anglesea Kangaroos, Rob still manages to find time to share his passion for football with the wider community through his role as an AFL Multicultural Community Ambassador.
The AFL Multicultural Community Ambassador Program aims to further engage with multicultural communities through a network of dedicated volunteers who develop and promote Australian Football in various regions across the country.
The program was established in 2013 and has doubled in numbers since its inception, with 157 Victorian ambassadors using Australian football as a vehicle for engagement and inclusion in 2015.
Assisting AFL Victoria organise a talent academy in the Geelong region, Rob has actively promoted the social benefits of playing football to school students by encouraging them to attend a number of AFL activities.
One of these activities is the Diversity Talent Academy named the Steven Motlop Squad which helps fast track and develop the skills of talented multicultural players to one day have the opportunity to play TAC Cup football in the future.
Engaging with a variety of players from across the region, Rob ensured all children had the opportunity to get involved in the Steven Motlop Squad by travelling on the bus to pick up and drop off players safely during the weekly sessions.
Selected as the winner for the Regional Ambassador of the Year award earlier this season, Rob’s work within the community made him a worthy recipient of the 2015 Victorian Multicultural Community Ambassador of the Year Award.
“Rob has been an absolute legend for our Geelong multicultural talent academy,” AFL Multicultural Program Coordinator Kashif Bouns said.
“He has been an outstanding AFL Multicultural Community Ambassador in the Geelong region for the last couple of years and has been instrumental in engaging and connecting AFL with the local multicultural community.”
But if you thought Rob’s schedule was already full enough, think again.
Even during his time off, Rob would be busy promoting football in the community sending out newsletters, running awareness events, liaising with community organisations and attending academy sessions during the school holidays.
AFL Barwon Football Development Manager, Tim Macmichael, said that without Rob’s contribution to the community, the program simply would not have been the same.
“If Rob wasn’t involved with the Steven Motlop Squad, it wouldn’t have been as successful.
“He was always there to assist and I couldn’t have asked for anymore from Rob…. the man is worth his weight in gold!”
Expressions of interest for the AFL Multicultural Community Ambassador Program are now open for 2016.
Please click on the link below for more details: http://www.aflcommunity.com.au/index.php?id=443