2019 has seen another successful cohort of young African Australians trained by AFL Victoria to become umpires. This program offers these young people a number of very important benefits. It teaches teamwork, discipline (including the importance in Australian society of punctuality) respect of self and others and responsibility. Just as critically it also provides our successful graduates with well-paid weekend employment while also keeping fit. The continued success of this program would not be possible without the efforts of AFL Victoria and the passion and commitment of our own Yasseen Musa.
This year has also seen Africause (AAMEYS) broaden our sporting support to now be working with Football Victoria (FV) to provide our young people with opportunities to train to become qualified referees and coaches of soccer. Thanks to Football Victoria and in particular Nick Hatzoglou for funding the first group of 16 African Australian soccer coaches, each of whom now coaches 20+ kids every week thereby giving a meaningful sporting activity to over 300 kids at least 3 times a week.