Junior footy board appointment to increase inclusion

Victoria Mayuen and Stephen Kinnersly. Picture: ERC Youth Leaders
Victoria Mayuen and Stephen Kinnersly. Picture: ERC Youth Leaders

EGLINTON resident Victoria Mayuen’s recent appointment to the board of the Brighton Seahawks Junior Football Club is expected help make it a more inclusive environment.

Mayuen has been working with young Africans for more than a year, having started as a youth worker on the Butler Falcons program, which introduces culturally diverse young people to AFL.

From there, it was a natural transition for.

“I really feel that children and youth from diverse communities need a voice on at their local clubs, and Brighton has been amazing at welcoming girls and boys from all cultures,” the South Sudanese mother-of-two said.

Brighton Seahawks President Stephen Kinnersly said the club was thrilled to have her join the committee this season.

“The Brighton Seahawks are in awe of the work the Butler Falcons does for the children of African descent in our community,” he said.

“We are excited about what Victoria will bring to our club to help us be an inclusive and family orientated club.

“With Victoria’s experience and contacts we hope to continue to build our relationship with Butler Falcons participants and their families and offer them another football pathway in a safe and inclusive environment.”

The link came through the Edmund Rice Centre WA’s developing community leaders initiative, a program funded by WA Police Force and initiated by its Muslim community advisory group.

The group supports young people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds entering positions of influence and decision making by providing training and development, personal and professional mentoring and networking training and opportunities.

“It’s amazing to see Victoria on the board of the Brighton Seahawks” Edmund Rice development leader Joe Moniodis said.

“She will be a familiar and friendly face for the diverse youth in the community and her presence, ideas and commitment will contribute positively to community harmony and to the betterment of the CaLD community.”

Visit www.brightonseahawks.com or www.ercwa.org.au .