Roar helps refugees

Brisbane Roar is helping pave the way for new Australians to settle in their adopted country after lending a hand to the Multicultural Development Association’s (MDA) ‘Get set for Work’ program.

Brisbane Roar is helping pave the way for new Australians to settle in their adopted country after lending a hand to the Multicultural Development Association-s (MDA) ‘Get set for Work- program.

Helping refugees and immigrants find work, study and appropriate life skills, MDA is a community organisation devoted to helping the newly arrived ‘fulfil their potential-.

Funded by State Government, the ‘Get set for Work- program is designed to assist ‘disengaged young people- of migrant and refugee backgrounds.

And with one or two of the program-s participants dreaming of becoming a professional footballer, it wasn-t long before the MDA paid a visit to the Roar-s training facilities.

“They-re mad keen on football ... and they-ve been bugging me and bugging me from the first day we started the program,” MDA Youth Worker Grace Prince said.

“Some of them already play for their local clubs ... and they already have heroes in the Roar.”

Ms Prince said there was no doubting the young refugees- enthusiasm for the game and believed the migrant community was a hotbed of football talent.

“They wanted to play (the Roar) and I said ‘are you kidding me?-,” she said.

“They said ‘we want to versus them, we want to versus them- and I said no way.

“I really think the (migrant community) will be the up and coming future of Australian football.”

A supporter of football in the Brisbane community, MDA will continue its proud association with the club and its annual ‘Roar against Racism- match this year.

For more information on MDA and its services visit the MDA website.