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New league to offer footballing opportunities to most isolated

The Latrobe Valley will be playing a whole new football game as not-for-profit agency Reclink Australia creates a league made up of the community's most vulnerable and isolated people.

Reclink Australia founder Peter Cullen said the organisation was bringing its modified AFL 9s model, a huge success in Melbourne for many years, to Gippsland to offer disadvantaged people in the community a pathway to "reignite their spirit".



A simple kick of the footy leaves a life-changing legacy

Reclink Australia, Footy, AFL, Sacred Heart

In 1989, I was working at Sacred Heart Mission supporting some of the most disadvantaged and at risk young people living in the backstreets of St Kilda.

On the street I saw people living in a lost world, where there seemed to be no clear pathways to opportunity, no positive way for them to be involved in the world. There was a hidden crisis behind the challenges that people on the street dealt with.



The Reclink Football League - What it means to participants

The saying “It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game” may very well be the most over-used saying in sport, but the essence of that saying perfectly reflects the motivation behind the Reclink Australia Football Program.

Since 1989 the Reclink Football program has provided an opportunity for people of all ages and abilities who have experienced disadvantage and isolation to participate in a structured team sport, helping them to reconnect with the community and help them on their way to rebuild their lives.


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