Aiming to unite communities and showcase talented culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) players, the carnival will feature a curtain- raiser with the Edmund Rice Young Lions playing the Butler Falcons and girls’ multicultural football team.
It will also feature the Edmund Rice Senior Lions taking on the Nic Naitanui Academy.
Carnival organiser Bella Ndayikeze said the event was an important one on the football calendar.
‘Not only is it an opportunity for the teams to show off their playing form, but it’s a chance to come together and celebrate cultural harmony through sport,’ she said,
‘Joining a football club not only introduces our players to a new game, it offers them the perfect opportunity to experience something uniquely Australian and use that to integrate into their new home.’
The Edmund Rice Lions are the first multicultural team in Australia and are made up of young people born outside Australia.
Run by volunteers they offer a community service and development opportunities for young CaLD players.
‘The Lions is a stepping stone to local football clubs and players are assisted to join local clubs after one season with the Lions,’ Ms Ndayikeze said.
‘This helps in the integration of the young players into Australian society, while promoting a positive image of young people from CaLD backgrounds.’
Over the past four years, the Lions have helped numerous players make the transition into local and WAFL clubs, including David Madut and Paul Mugambwa.