Six African-Australian sports clubs will share in $100,000 in funding through the Sports Alliance for Crime Prevention to engage and support African-Australian young people.

The clubs funded through the grants will deliver activities to help build a stronger community response to the needs of young people.

These activities are designed to create a sense of belonging and boost positive engagement, such as school attendance and connection with family and friends, to create positive pathways and opportunities for young people and help to manage risks and challenges they may be facing.

These projects will build positive social connections, not only for participants, but for their entire families and broader community.

The Casey Titans are one of the six sports club sharing in the funding. The club runs sporting and support programs for young people aged 16-21 in Melbourne’s South East, including basketball, netball and soccer programs, music and dance training, a homework club and life skills sessions.

The Casey Titans deliver these activities in partnership with Apostolic Faith Mission VICCARE, a not-for-profit organisation that provides community support through food deliveries, prayer and bible study support groups, and music and sports activities to local community members in need.

Since 2020, the Victorian Government has invested $1.5 million in sporting initiatives through the Sports Alliance for Crime Prevention.

To date, more than 480 young people have participated in pro-social sporting and associated activities through funding provided under the Sports Alliance, to address specific community challenges and support young people.

These projects contribute to the delivery of Victorian Government’s Crime Prevention Strategy by building a stronger community response to the needs of young people and families.

Find out more about the Sport Alliance for Crime Prevention.