Sport | Racism. It Stops With Me


National Rugby League

NRL In League in Harmony march

Sport provides a key avenue for communities to challenge prejudicial attitudes and improve social harmony. The NRL was one the very first organisations to pledge support of the campaign. It runs various projects in the anti-racism and diversity space.

The In League In Harmony project promotes social cohesion and celebrates cultural diversity by working with youth in Western Sydney. It engages young people through high schools and youth centres. NRL values of excellence, inclusiveness, courage and teamwork provide a framework to engage youth in issues of bullying, racism, and gender equality.

Sydney Roosters

Sydney roosters player with program participants

The Roosters Against Racism program addresses racism and prejudice in local communities and educates participants on strategies for countering racism.

Targeted at schools and sporting clubs, presentations are delivered by Roosters ambassador Anthony Minichiello and current prominent NRL players. Players share their stories about racism, explaining to participants how it impacted them and how they were able to overcome the issue. The program encourages school children to promote acceptance, mutual respect and fair treatment of all people regardless of their backgrounds in all parts of their lives.

Football Federation Victoria

football federation victoria

The ‘Don’t Stand By. Stand Up!’ initiative demonstrates FFV’s support for the campaign. This initiative encourages football clubs to pledge to take a stand against racism.

Clubs within the FFV also nominate at least two club officials to undertake its ‘Respect and Responsibility’ course and promote the initiative to club members and networks. The FVV also developed a wide range of resources including information packs, posters, and campaign cards to be used by football clubs.

Football United

Football United is a sports program at University of NSW. It supports refugee and newly arrived young people and families in their transition into Australian society. It’s engaged over 4000 participants. Working with over 50 community based organisations including migrant resource centres, community groups and charities, councils, schools, Intensive English Centres (IECs), TAFE, universities, and football organisations, Football United has involved hundreds of young people, teachers, volunteers, coaches, leaders and community workers within some of the country's most disadvantaged areas.


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