The most talented Victorian Horn of Africa football youth will pit themselves against the best in the world in the Madrid Cup, an international youth tournament in Spain from July 11-16, 2012.
Unite FC is made up of the best Under 18 players from the Victorian Horn of Africa refugee communities including Somali, Eritrean, Ethiopian, South Sudanese, Kenyan and Oromo. Unite FC players all play in Football Federation Victoria leagues and come from Melbourne, Moonee Valley, Banyule and Darebin council areas of Melbourne.
The Unite FC team is managed and mentored by Ahmed Dini who is a current People of Australia Ambassador and Australia Day Victorian Local Hero 2012, who said today “This tour is a reward for all of our young community players who are having a go and trying to be the best they can be.”
“Through our Unite FC program we are building better men through football.” he added.
Melbourne Victory’s latest African Australian signings Adama Traore and Julius Davies also attended to participate in the Unite FC training session and addressed the team as pathway role models.
In addition to participating in the Madrid Cup, the team will see football best practice in a tour of Bernabeau Stadium, “Real Madrid City” and a cultural tour of the Medieval city of Toledo.
Partners with the Unite FC
United FC at The Palacio Real de Madrid (The Royal Palace of Madrid)
the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family in the city of Madrid.
The palace is on the site of a 9th-century fortress, called mayrit,
constructed as an outpost by Muhammad I of Córdoba.
The team has arrived safe in Madrid and been acclimatizing, site seeing and training hard for their first march on Tuesday after the Opening ceremony on Monday .
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Media Contacts: Ahmed Dini – firstname.lastname@example.org or 0402 695 879
Patrick Skene – email@example.com or 0405 406 088
Partners for the Unite FC – Madrid Cup tour include Bendigo Bank Flemington Community Branch, Range Resources, City of Melbourne, Moonee Valley City Council, City of Darebin, Victorian Multicultural Commission, Victoria Police, Red Elephant Projects, Sports Without Borders, Utility Creative, United Voice, Melbourne Victory FC, Flemington Community Centre and Football Federation Victoria