Melbourne Victory has partnered with Football Federation Victoria and Vic Health to provide a truly unique and memorable opportunity for some aspiring young footballers.
The program engaged with new visitors to Australia from the Horn of Africa nations who made up the Unite FC team and the VCL All Stars comprising of talented players from the Victoria Champions League.
Watch the video above to see how their football journey unfolded.
The program was developed as part of the U-NITE, held on Australia Day to celebrate multiculturalism, cultural diversity and the bringing together of all people under the banner of Melbourne Victory and football.
The program developed significantly this year with the introduction of two training sessions from NYL Coach, Darren Davies, a tour of AAMI Park, the chance to watch the first team prepare the day before the game and an overnight camp. All of this activity lead to the main event, as the Unite FC team took on the VCL All Stars on AAMI Park ahead of the sold-out Australia Day game against Sydney FC.
This event was a true celebration of the culturally diverse communities in Victoria, providing opportunities for those from Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and South America to come together through the love of football and experience something they will never forget.
The U-NITE program will continue all year round, as Melbourne Victory will be working with the young footballers from the Horn of Africa squad to deliver football clinics to disadvantaged schools in Victoria. These aspiring young footballers with have the opportunity to be educated in coaching, become role models and Melbourne Victory ambassadors in their local communities.