Port Adelaide Football Club through the Power Community Limited have launched the Power Intercultural Program, designed to celebrate the vibrancy of cultural diversity and expression, promote inclusion and build social cohesion by recognising the positive contribution of different cultures within Australia.
UniSA’s Centre for Islamic Thought and Education (CITE), have got on board as part of the steering committee for the project.
As part of the program sessions are delivered by current and past Port Adelaide Football Club players conducted over a three-week period focusing on topics around identity, exploring culture and identifying personal strengths to build resilience.
Participating schools were invited to attend the Power Intercultural Gala Day held on Friday, July 28 at Alberton Oval, the home of the Port Adelaide Football Club. Prof Mohamad Abdalla and Dylan Chown were present at the launch on the Gala Day.
The theme of the day was to celebrate multiculturalism and acknowledge the participation of the students involved in the program. As part of the day, each school was involved in a number of activities including a 9 -a- side football competition, skills and fitness testing, careers exhibition and hip-hop dance lesson. (see images).
Schools received points based on participation, engagement and sportsmanship across all activities. The schools awarded the most points were invited to play in the Power Intercultural Program Grand Final as a curtain raiser to AFL Multicultural Round at Adelaide Oval.
This year the pilot program was delivered to 210 male and female secondary school students involved in years 10, 11 and 12 across seven schools with large multicultural populations. Schools involved were Adelaide Secondary School of English, Findon High School, Glenunga International High School, Pinnacle College, Australian Islamic College, Underdale High School and Thomas More College.
Launch of Power Intercultural Program
Pre-game Multicultural Round, Adelaide Oval, Port v St Kilda