Harmony Day this Friday
FFV and Melbourne Heart to celebrate Harmony Day on 17 February
Australians of all creeds, colours and backgrounds will come together for Melbourne Heart FC's inaugural Harmony Day game on Friday 17 February as Melbourne Heart FC take on Gold Coast United at AAMI Park.
Harmony Day is celebrated on 21 March and in 2012 the central theme for Harmony Day is Sport - Play, Engage, Inspire and recognises the important role and positive influence that sport has in fostering a sense of belonging, acceptance and understanding of other cultures.
Football Federation Victoria General Manager of Game Development Salv Carmusciano said that harmony Day fits superbly with Football Federation Victoria’s United Through Football program, which aims to break down barriers preventing participation in football.
“We can honestly and proudly say that football is the only sport that truly reflects the wonderful diversity of Victoria,” said Mr Carmusciano.
“It is fitting that many of Victoria's multicultural communities celebrate Harmony Day through the most harmonious pastime activity in the world and one that brings us so much joy.”
The curtain raiser game is the first ever Girls with Heart game featuring an interfaith game bringing girls from Jewish, Islamic and Christian faiths and from European, Horn of African and Asian backgrounds together in mixed teams.
The girls first met each other at a training session last Sunday led by Westfield Matildas Captain Melissa Barbieri and Westfield W-League player Louisa Bisby.
Melissa Barbieri was thrilled with the session and said "We had a great training and bonding session on Sunday and the girls are going to have the time of their life playing on Friday night. It was privilege to speak with these fantastic women and to share some of my experiences about my journey as a multicultural female footballer."
Girls with Heart is part of Melbourne Heart FC's Harmony Day game in partnership with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship who will turn AAMI Park orange, the official colour of Harmony Day.
Melbourne Heart FC's Harmony Day game will feature Harmony Day crowd giveaways, Melbourne Heart FC player messages on the big screen, Multicultural Player mascots, small sided games featuring multicultural kids and a rousing rendition of "I am Australian" by the Balwyn High School Choir.
The inaugural Girls with Heart game is part of Melbourne Heart FC's inaugural Harmony Day game and proudly supported by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, Football Federation Australia, Football Federation Victoria's United Through Football Program, Reagan Milstein Foundation, Maccabi Sports and Red Elephant Projects.