News Melbourne's Fair Play first started in 2007 and still as popular as ever

Dec. 1, 2019

The Collingwood Rotary Fair Play community football tournament raises much needed funds for HFCA and this was the 16th time Fair Play took place.

Fair Play gives our local young people the chance to engage with the broader community outside of their usual environment. The Tournament gives the young people the opportunity to showcase their talents and strengthens their belonging. It also provide a platform for local police to assist these young people in participating in a sport that is their passion around a well run and positive environment.

- Christopher McGeachan, Victoria Police Officer
Richmond Rangers (green jerseys) and Ivanhoe Grammar player (light blue jersey) compete for the ball in a group game. Image Dean Phipps.

The Rotary Club of Collingwood has been sponsoring HFCA since 2010, gradually increasing our commitment as our understanding of the fantastic work it does for disadvantaged young people in Cambodia. Lovely, friendly place that it is Cambodia, remains a very poor nation and to be disadvantaged there is to know the real meaning of “disadvantage”. HFCA gives young boys and girls a focus and helps them progress in life, assisting them not just with football, but with their education and careers.

- Collingwood Rotary President Bruce Shaw
Collingwood Rotary's Bruce Shaw looks on at Fair Play 16 winners AAMES 1 lift the world famous Fair Play trophy. Image Jon Hammond.

Here in Australia, through the annual Fair Play competition HFCA brings that work to Melbourne providing a friendly competition which brings together young people from a wide variety of backgrounds with teams ranging from Ivanhoe Grammar to teams assembled from the high rise housing estates. Collingwood Rotary is proud to fulfil the objectives of Rotary International by supporting this fantastic international organisation.

- Bruce continued

HFCA would like to place on record our sincere appreciation to Collingwood Rotary, Neighbourhood Justice Centre, Football Victoria, Melbourne Victory FC, the referees, RRR, Tiger Corp, Plakkit, Clifton Tennis Club, City of Yarra, Jim Westlake and the DJs.

The highly sought after Fair Play trophy

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