We’ve been trying to count down quietly. But it’s difficult when our Brazilian coaches start arriving, the mayor holds a welcome reception, and other things start falling into place. Pretty soon we’ll be smelling the soccer pitch and handing out team vests.
These coaches are no ordinary coaches. They’ve played professionally with prominent soccer clubs in Brazil and have trained internationally. Some have even mentored war refugees. But they also know what it’s like to struggle through challenges in their own environment and to rise above them.
Now they’re helping others do the same through HASA. Through the popular sport of soccer, our coaches want to instil skills and confidence in young people from migrant families and encourage them to feel more at home in Australia through connecting with the local community.
To top that off, there are soccer career paths being created to play for clubs in Brazil, Germany and Australia.