Media Release by Senator the Hon Zed Seselja

Government-Thunder partnership eyes more runs on the board

The Australian Government has provided an additional $50,000 to extend its partnership with the Sydney Thunder’s Cricket Leadership Program, the Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs, Senator Zed Seselja said today.

The Cricket Leadership Program is a four-week program delivered in schools to promote personal development and leadership in culturally diverse areas of Western Sydney.

The program focuses on key topics such as bullying, identity, social cohesion, goal setting and overcoming rejection.

Assistant Minister Seselja said the Government, which began supporting the program in June 2016, has extended the partnership to 31 December 2017, as part of its commitment to building strong cohesive communities.

“By the end of 2016, the leadership course had been delivered to about 3,000 students in 50 schools across Western Sydney,” Assistant Minister Seselja said.

“Our partnership with the Sydney Thunder is part of our support for humanitarian entrants and migrants in participating equitably in Australian society.

“The Australian Government recognises that strength in diversity does not happen by chance.

“That is why we have decided to increase our support for the Sydney Thunder Cricket Leadership Program.”

Assistant Minister Seselja said the Government has invested in around 40 projects across the country that build the long-term capacities of higher need and at-risk communities.

“The Cricket Leadership Program is a great example of the effectiveness of these programs,” Assistant Minister Seselja said.

“It is also great to see some of the Sydney Thunder’s best players – players who come from a multicultural background and have a personal understanding of these issues – get behind the program as an ambassador or to deliver the courses.

“I am delighted that the Government is able to support the Thunder in this work to make a real difference in the lives of people who have moved to Australia to build a new life.”

For more information on how the Australian Government supports migrants and refugees visit the Department of Social Services website.