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Harnessing the power of sport to Kick Out Hate

2022-09-23

Young people from diverse cultures and backgrounds came together on the weekend (17 September 2022) to play the world game and hear from former Socceroo Bruce Djite at the Kick Out Hate Football Carnival held at the State Centre for Football.

The carnival aimed to foster cultural connection, promote inclusion and social cohesion, and raise awareness about the risks of hate and online radicalisation.

Around 50 young people aged 12-17 took part in the DHS initiative, which was run in partnership with the Australian Federal Police, Football SA, SEDA College and the Committee for Adelaide.

Year 11 and 12 students from SEDA College volunteered to coordinate teams of five players. The students also coached the participants as part of the Power of Sport component of their SACE, helping the students to understand the influence of sport in the community and how it can shape culture and behaviour.

Former Socceroo and Director of Football at Adelaide United, and now CEO of the Committee for Adelaide, Bruce Djite, was keynote speaker and presented awards to the winning teams.

“Football is the world game, it brings people, communities, and countries together. No other sport possesses the phenomenal power of football to create togetherness,” said Mr Djite.

“Celebrating our differences is what multiculturalism and embracing diversity is all about. Together, we are stronger and can achieve anything. Let’s celebrate diversity and our amazing multicultural society.”

Participants had the opportunity to meet Mr Djite and AFP officers, as well as staff from the Department of Human Services’ Inclusion Support Program (ISP) team and learn more about the work they do as part of the national Living Safe Together initiative. Living Safe Together supports communities to recognise and respond to all forms of violent extremism.

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