NRL Victoria Harmony Festival 2019
By Matthew Hughes
The NRL Victoria Harmony Festival will be held this Saturday March 16, at Chirnside Park Sports Complex in Werribee, from 9am to 3pm. The festival is a celebration of diversity through inclusion and aims to acknowledge, appreciate and celebrate the diverse communities involved in rugby league and touch football.
The day will consist of masters, men’s, women’s, under 16’s and exhibition teams taking part in rugby league nines and tag games. The format is short and exciting and aims to give players who would not normally play at a high level, the chance to represent their nation.
At the Festival will be a community market place containing food and local service provider stalls. These stalls will provide people the opportunity to share their information and connect communities. Performances by different multicultural groups will feature throughout the day.
NRL Victoria Community Engagement Officer Jo Manuel believes that “The Festival will be a fun, family day that launches perfectly into the NRL Vic competition, starting soon.”
This Sunday marks the beginning of Harmony Week in Australia which runs from the 17th to the 23rd of March. This month is also significant for the rugby league community as it is the NRL’s inclusion month.
On the day there will be no shortage of high-profile attendees, with Victorian Treasurer, Minister Tim Pallas, Wyndham Councillors Henry Barlow and Heather Marcus and NRL Victoria Chairperson, Dr Amanda Green, all giving their time.
The Festival has been a huge success in previous years and welcomes all community members, whether or not they have played rugby league or touch football before.
NRL Victoria would like to acknowledge the following organisations, who without, Harmony Festival 2019 would not be able to go ahead:
- Wyndham Council.
- Wyndham Youth Services.
- Wyndham Multicultural Youth Services & Youth Volunteers.
- Centre of Multicultural Youth – Le Mana (Empower) Pasifika Youth Project & Youth Ambassadors.
- Melbourne Storm.
- All community Market holders who have come from local Youth and family services.
- NRL In League In Harmony Youth Advocates – MC’s and volunteer staff.