Soccer: players from diverse communities kick towards Common Goal

Common Goal participants.
Common Goal participants.

UNITY, harmony and diversity are the themes of a new program launched in Mirrabooka at the Edmund Rice Centre last month.

Titled “Common Goal”, the program aims to give young people opportunities to develop through a soccer academy linked to personal and professional development.

It also aims to foster positive relationships between people from diverse communities and strengthen police engagement with the community by providing fun and structured sporting activities where anyone is welcome.

Run with Football West, WA Police and the Mirrabooka Mosque with support from City of Stirling and the Department of Sport and Recreation, the program is open to young people who may be disengaged or not have the opportunities others do in a sport and leadership environment, in particular young people from a multicultural background.

Edmund Rice spokesman Joe Moniodis said the program consisted of weekly soccer training sessions and weekend extension opportunities, including matches, excursions and professional development.

“Participants are empowered through leadership training, education opportunities and the opportunity to become physically active in an environment that promotes positive relationships,” he said.

For more information phone 9349 9660 or email

The program runs on Thursdays between 4pm and 6pm at Fragrant Gardens Reserve in Mirrabooka.