Release type: Joint Media Release


Building social cohesion through sport


The Hon Paul Fletcher MP
Minister for Families and Social Services
The Hon David Coleman MP
Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs
The Hon Dan Tehan MP
Minister for Education

Muslim girls and boys will learn leadership, teamwork and a love of Aussie Rules footy with the support of our Government.

The Morrison Government will provide more than $1.2 million to continue its support of the highly-successful Australian Football League’s (AFL) Bachar Houli Program.

Richmond’s Bachar Houli is the AFL’s Multicultural Ambassador and is doing a fantastic job using sport to promote social cohesion, self-esteem and engagement in Muslim Australian youth.

The program focuses on strengthening teamwork and leadership skills in young Muslim girls and boys through the power of sport, while giving them the opportunity to learn about their identity and religion.

The annual Bachar Houli Cup engages more than 5,000 Islamic school students and provides an encouraging environment to introduce them to AFL.

The Bachar Houli Academy is a high-performance football talent program for emerging young Muslims that provides a unique development opportunity.

The Bachar Houli Employment Program includes traineeships at the AFL for up to 10 young people, including a mentoring program and cultural awareness training for hiring managers

Our Government is proud to have supported the program since its inception in 2013 and we are proud to continue that support.

Since the program launched:

  • More than 35,000 young Australians have participated in the program
  • More than 50 schools have been visited, and
  • There have been 20 graduates from the Bachar Houli Employment Program.

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