Melbourne's West Kicks Off for Cultural Diversity

16 March 2012
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Soccer players representing communities from across the world will gather to play for the 4th Annual Cultural Diversity Cup tournament at Arndell Part in Truganina on Saturday 17 March.

The tournament, an integral event of Cultural Diversity Week, will include five competition matches starting at 9:30am leading to the Grand Final playoff at 1:40pm.

Matches will feature teams representing the Karen, Chin, and Karenni communities, as well as a play-off between rivals SBS and Channel 31 - all aiming for a place in the Grand Final.

Managing Director of City West Water, Anne Barker, said the tournament was a great way to bring diverse communities together in the spirit of friendly competition.

“City West Water’s customers come from over 100 different cultural groups with more than a third speaking a language other than English at home, and the Cultural Diversity Cup enables us to build on our relationships with many of these communities,” Ms Barker said

“At City West Water, our community plays an important role in our business, and that’s why we’re pleased to celebrate the diversity of our customer base by supporting these events.”

“After the phenomenal success of the event in previous years, this year’s competition is set to be a fine display of sporting prowess on the field as well as a wonderful opportunity for members of different cultures and backgrounds to come together.”

The Cultural Diversity Cup promises to be an exciting day for players and spectators watching from the sidelines, as well as a range of activities for children including a jumping castle, face painting and free sausage sizzle.

“It is great to see so many local organisations coming together to make this soccer tournament possible, and there’s a whole range of activities for children planned for the day as well,” Ms Barker said.

“Not only is it a fantastic opportunity for the players to celebrate their cultural differences and their common love of the sport, it is also a great way for service providers like Victoria Police and City West Water to build relationships with the local community.”

The Cultural Diversity Cup is sponsored by the Victorian Multicultural Commission and the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, and supported by City West Water, Victoria Police, the Werribee Community Education Centre and Football Federation Victoria and is part of the Cultural Diversity Week celebrations.