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One Team One Goal Celebrating Diversity Competition Opens

19 May 2015

Students across Victoria are being challenged to put their creative hats on for the 2015 One Team One Goal: Celebrating Diversity competition.

Minister for Education, James Merlino, today officially launched the competition alongside AFL Victoria CEO Steve Reaper at North Melbourne Primary School.

The competition asks primary and secondary school students to create a video, visual or radio commercial that demonstrates their understanding of the importance of diversity and promotes the message that cultural diversity is recognised and celebrated in their community.

Australia Post AFL Multicultural Ambassadors Paul Puopolo (Hawthorn FC) and Patrick Karnezis (Collingwood FC) were on hand to launch the competition and encourage students to enter.

Mr Merlino said that the competition provided students with a great opportunity to combine their creativity with their love of football to produce a positive cultural message.

Prizes include a $2500 schools grant, special edition footballs and tickets to AFL games during the multicultural football round.

For more information, see www.education.vic.gov.au/oneteamExternal Link

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education, James Merlino

“The Andrews Labor Government is standing with the AFL to promote diversity and intercultural understanding, and encourage students to talk about what diversity means to them.”

“We are at our best when we celebrate our differences and what unites us. Victorian schools and students should be recognised for their support for diversity and respect.”

“I encourage all Victorian school students to participate in the 2015 One Team One Goal: Celebrating Diversity competition.”

Quotes attributable to AFL Victoria CEO, Steven Reaper

“AFL Victoria is proud to partner with the Victorian Government to educate students about the importance of respecting all people regardless of their differences.”

“Football has a long been a powerful tool in breaking down barriers between different groups in society and this competition is a perfect chance for our sport to promote the value in diverse communities.”

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