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Connecting youth through soccer, skateboarding and circus tricks

Published: 22 August 2014

Connecting youth through soccer, skateboarding and circus tricks
The Logan Multicultural Soccer Program has been a huge hit.

More than 1,500 young people have participated in dynamic and unique sport and recreation programs in Logan this year thanks to a Queensland Government and Logan City Council partnership.

The Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing provided $55,000 to Council, which used the funding in the first half of the year to deliver the Logan Indigenous and Multicultural Soccer Program, and expand the Krank Youth Program to include skateboarding and circus workshops.

Almost 1,000 young people between 13 and 17 years have now participated in 61 school holiday skateboarding sessions across the city. The sessions were free, and delivered by Skateboarding Australia. Another 570 teenagers in the same age group participated in 56 free circus workshops, delivered by Flipside Circus.

Meanwhile, around 50 students took part in the Logan Indigenous and Multicultural Soccer Program in April, which involved training and skill sessions held at three soccer clubs in Logan. It culminated with a round-robin tournament on 11 April at Logan City Kings Soccer Club, Meakin Park. None of the participants were current members of a soccer club.

A high proportion of those participants were from a multicultural background, with participants sourced from various high schools within the demographic area, the multicultural community and Life without Barriers.

All three initiatives are part of the Logan: City of Choice commitment to identify sport-based programs that can enhance relationships between cultures and to explore opportunities to engage with Logan youth.