June 12, 2012 at 2:26 PM

league-of-nations-main.jpgIt’s called the world game and nowhere is that more evident that at the Caboolture Sports Football Club as part of the inaugural League of Nations Football Tournament.

The tournament is the brainchild of the football club and is designed to bring together local residents from diverse cultural and language backgrounds in the hope of making them more active and feel more connected with their local community.

“Our club was regularly seeing culturally diverse groups using our grounds for informal games, be it on a Sunday when it’s our club’s rest day or on an evening when a group would find an unused corner of a lit training field,” Caboolture Sports Football Club president Andrew Davies said.

“We quickly realised that there was a great opportunity for our club to better understand how these people were feeling and for us to do something to help them integrate into their local community.”

After speaking with the Caboolture Neighbourhood Centre, the football club was able to quickly find the right connections to start signing people up. Funding for the program was provided by the Queensland Government through their Sport and Recreation Active Inclusion Grants Program which helped pay for player registration, insurances, player uniforms and referees.

Nooreen Harris manages the cultural engagement programs at the Neighbourhood Centre and said the response to the tournament had been amazing.

“We not only received strong interest from Caboolture residents but also people from Brisbane, which luckily we have been able to accommodate,” she said.

The first round of Sunday games on May 6th saw 64 players from Vietnam, Fiji, Chile, Thailand, New Zealand, Bhutan, Peru, Burma, Malaysia, Bangladesh and Nepal take to the field.

The Caboolture League of Nations Tournament is on every Sunday afternoon until June 24th, with games starting at 3pm and 4pm. All matches are played at the Grant Road Sports Grounds in Morayfield, and spectator entry is free.