Volunteer Reyzl Zylberman has been recognised for her tireless work introducing diverse communities to Australian Football this season with the 2017 AFL Victoria Multicultural Community Ambassador of the Year Award. Mitch Wynd reports.
Zylberman accepted the award at the end of year AFL Victoria Multicultural Celebration on Sunday, in recognition of her work coordinating the Jewish Schools Cup earlier in the year.
The 2017 Jewish Schools Cup competition saw six squads of girls’ and boys’ teams representing five Jewish schools across Melbourne come together for a round-robin tournament, with the support and facilities of the St Kilda Football Club.
On top of ensuring that the competition ran smoothly, Reyzl also provided opportunities for the Jewish community to forge a relationship with the St Kilda Football Club, including hosting members at games and offering students unique access to the club’s headquarters at Seaford.
St. Kilda Football Club Head of Community Football Pathways and Partnerships, Gerard Jess said Reyzl was a worthy recipient of the award.
“Reyzl showed a lot of initiative and was very driven from the start to be involved,” he said.
“She took on a major project in the Jewish Schools Cup and was able to increase the number of schools and include girls’ teams, plus she also included Jewish Orthodox schools this year as well which I thought was fantastic.
“Reyzl is just so positive and she’s a real champion of her community and also for girls’ football in general, so we’re delighted to work with her at the St.Kilda Football Club and congratulate her on being recognised for her efforts.”
Zylberman is just one of several tremendous multicultural community ambassadors who dedicate their time and efforts to help develop the game of football in communities across Victoria.
See below a list of other award winners presented at the 2017 AFL Victoria Multicultural end of year celebration event:
- Play with Passion Award: Avtar Singh
- Play as One Team Award: Sabrin Nyawela
- Play Fair Award: Sam Atukorala
- Play to Win Award: Chris McGeachan