Sport and Recreation

Local Parks Multisport Program

soccer1The aim of this program is to increase the participation of youth from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) backgrounds and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in sport and active recreation. This is achieved by conducting “grassroots” programs at local parks in the community, engaging clubs and state sporting associations to increase participation, and linking young people to local clubs through the KidSport program.

The Edmund Rice Centre WA is a referral agency for the KidSport program, which gives young people the opportunity to participate in community sport and recreation activities. The program pays up to $200 towards local club fees for families with a concession card.

This program is for children from 5 to 18 years of age.

Soccer at Butterworth Park, Koondoola and Butler Community Centre, Butler
Swimming at Chisholm College, Bedford
Tennis at Butler Community Centre, Kingsbridge Reserve, Butler
Volleyball at Dryandra Reserve, Mirrabooka
Netball at Hainsworth Park, Girrawheen
Multi-sports at Banksia Grove

Cultural Awareness Training

An appropriate Cultural Awareness Training program has been developed for sporting clubs and associations and is delivered free of charge. More than 50 sporting clubs have already engaged in this project.

Edmund Rice Centre Lions Multicultural AFL Team


The Lions are an AFL team of young people from culturally diverse backgrounds. The team is coached and managed by a Coordinator, youth workers and the ERCWA Youth Leadership Group as well as past Lions players, and is supported by the WA Football Commission. It is a transitional team and after completing a year or two with the Lions, players are encouraged and supported to join local clubs.

This program is for children aged 8 to 12 years, and youth aged 12 to 25 years.

Location : Barry Britton Reserve, Balga

Banksia United Nyoongar Soccer Team

This Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People’s soccer team is based in Koondoola. The team was formed in May 2011 to provide opportunities for local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, youth and their families to be part of a team, using sport as a medium. It aims to foster leadership abilities, build relationships and community capacity, and provide a positive alternative to the many negative influences that impact on young people. Our unique delivery engages young African coaches and volunteers with extensive experience in delivering soccer sessions; these people have built amazing rapport with the young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and some of their extended families.

This program is for children aged 8 to 10 years.

Location: Koondoola Reserve, Koondoola

Butler Falcons

football9The Falcons are an all-girls AFL team of youth from diverse backgrounds; they have the motto:

We came to Australia. We love AFL. Come join us!


The team uses AFL as a medium to give young women from multicultural backgrounds the chance to improve their health and wellbeing, be part of a team, foster friendships and promote harmony through breaking down negative cultural stereotypes and perceptions.

This program is for children and youth aged 8 to 18 years.

Location: Butler Community Centre, Butler

Common Goal Soccer

The Common Goal Project is a soccer program in partnership with the community of the Mirrabooka Mosque, Football West, the WA Police and the Edmund Rice Centre Western Australia.

This program is for children and youth aged 8 to 18 years.

Location: Fragrant Gardens Reserve, Mirrabooka

Edmund Rice Eagles

The Edmund Rice Eagles is a street basketball team whose aim is to provide a development pathway ‘from the street to the elite’. We have strong links to the East Perth Basketball Association and players are encouraged to join development programs run by East Perth.

This program is for children aged 8 years and above.

Location: Butterworth Park, Koondoola