Kicking Goals Together wins Australian University Sport Award
Published: Tuesday 13th February 2018
The AUS Awards recognise the many outstanding performances and contributions recorded by student-athletes, coaches and community leadership programs in both international sport and AUS endorsed events. The awards have been conducted since 2001 with former winners including Grant Hackett, Cate Campbell, Dane Bird-Smith and Dylan Alcott.
Kicking Goals Together, a collaboration between ACU Engagement, ACU Health, Sport, and Well-being, ACU International, and QUT Sport and MDA is a Sport for Development program that engages youth from refugee, migrant, and international student backgrounds in a meaningful weekly soccer and educational opportunities.
For the past two years, KGT at ACU has created the opportunity for youth from refugee and migrant, and international student backgrounds to play in regular matches with ACU domestic students and staff, and broadening their social networks. KGT also involves the Skill Up program, in partnership with Multicultural Development Australia (MDA) which trains youth in areas of personal brand and identity, job seeking, job keeping, and networking skills.
In 2017, ACU and Kicking Goals Together has partnered with QUT sport in rolling out KGT at QUT. This has led to an expansion of the program and greater reach with respect to refugee and migrant, and international student cohorts. In partnership, this has also created the KGT Champions' League where youth have the opportunity for inter-institutional competition at the completion of their respective domestic seasons. KGT has developed capacity among youth from these backgrounds with respect to the ability to participate in regular sporting competition, broadening social networks, and developing positive attitudes and behaviours with respect to aspirations for employment in the present and future.
Dr Matthew Pink from ACU Engagement had this to say about the award.
“The award is a fantastic recognition for the hard work that all of our collaborators have put into Kicking Goals Together. It is testament to the positive relationships that have been formed between our collaborators, staff, students, and the broader community. We see this award as an affirmation to continue to expand and generate new Kicking goals Together spaces ”.
The award will be presented to the team at a ceremony to beconfirmed.