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Foreign languages adorn special AFL ball to celebrate Multicultural Round

Peter Rolfe, July 27, 2017 7:12PM Herald Sun

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Dyson Heppell and Darcy Vescio. Picture: David Crosling media_cameraDyson Heppell and Darcy Vescio. Picture: David Crosling

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EVERY AFL football will be adorned* with foreign languages this weekend to celebrate Multicultural Round.

Each year the themed round seeks to celebrate the diversity of players in the AFL.

Every Sherrin ball used in round 19 will be stamped with the word “Welcome’’ in six different languages — Italian, Greek, Hindi, Arabic, Chinese and Spanish.

Essendon captain Dyson Heppell and Carlton AFLW star Darcy Vescio were the first to get their hands on the special balls.

Multicultural ambassador Heppell said the round recognises the contributions different communities have made to Aussie rules.

Dyson Heppell and Darcy Vescio with the multicultural balls. Picture: David Crosling media_cameraDyson Heppell and Darcy Vescio with the multicultural balls. Picture: David Crosling

“It really highlights the power the game has in uniting all backgrounds,’’ he said

Vescio, whose mum is Chinese and dad is Italian, said it was important the AFL pushed an inclusive* message.

“It’s just an awesome opportunity to celebrate the cultures in the game and the potential cultures that might enter the game as well,’’ she said.

“There are many multicultural players in the game as well and it’s great to push them to the front.’’

Multilingual* messaging featuring six languages will also be painted on the 50m arc for Multicultural Round.

GWS Giants player Tendai Mzungu, GWS Giants player Mai Nguyen and Sydney Swans player Aliir Aliir of the Sydney Swans. Picture: Matt King media_cameraGWS Giants player Tendai Mzungu, GWS Giants player Mai Nguyen and Sydney Swans player Aliir Aliir of the Sydney Swans. Picture: Matt King

Umpires will wear orange wristbands and use orange goal flags to represent harmony.

Video stories about different cultures and communities who have contributed to the game will be played on big screens at all venues across the weekend.

And the MCG Collingwood-Adelaide match will be called* in Mandarin and streamed live on community radio.

The AFL estimates multicultural players make up 15 per cent of player lists across 18 clubs and 7.8 per cent across the eight AFLW teams.

GLOSSARY

adorned: decorated
inclusive: inviting and welcoming of everyone
multilingual: multiple languages

called: commentated

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CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES

Activity 1.
Design a special Multicultural Round banner for your favourite footy team to run through this weekend.

Extension:

In the story, you have read that Welcome will be written in six languages on the balls for each game. Imagine that this has been changed. There will be six different balls used. Each ball will have ‘Welcome’ in one of the languages and be decorated to show something about the culture or country of that language. Create a design for each ball.

Time: allow 75 minutes to complete this activity

Curriculum links: Civics and Citizenship, Visual Communication Design

Activity 2.
How many different cultures are in your class?
Find out where the people in your class, their parents and grandparents come from.

Write down three ways that your class could celebrate your diversity.

Extension:

Why do you think it is important to celebrate diversity?
Write some paragraphs explaining your opinions on this question.

Then, write some more paragraphs explaining what you think would happen if we did not celebrate or recognise diversity in our community.

Time: allow 85 minutes to complete this activity

Curriculum links: Civics and Citizenship, Visual Communication Design

VCOP ACTIVITY

(Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers, Punctuation)

Five senses

Imagine you are about to walk out to play a game of AFL or AFLW during Multicultural Round.

What you can see, touch, taste, feel and hear?

Create a list of five words per sense describing a word that appears when you focus on using each sense.

Extension:
Try and put all of those words into a short paragraph.
This will help you write something that is showing and not telling the reader what is happening.

If you finish writing your paragraph really quickly, you can repeat the exercise again.
But this time, think of three to five words for each sense that are different from the first words you created.

Time: allow 30 minutes to complete this activity

Curriculum links: English, Big Write, VCOP

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COUNTRY FOOTY STAR KICKS 100

FOOTY A FAMILY TEAM EFFORT

AUSSIE RULES GOES TO CHINA

AFL’S SALUTE TO THE COUNTRY

INTERNATIONAL SPIN ON AUSSIE GAME

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