KPI Sports is joining forces with refugee advocacy group Pushing Barriers for a significant new community partnership.
The KPI Sports Pushing Barriers Scholarship (KPI Scholarship) officially launches today, providing funding for children with a refugee background to participate in organised community sport.
The scholarship will cover the club fees for six students within the Pushing Barriers program.
The selected students play football (soccer) and basketball at the Western Pride Football Club and Western Spirit Football Club in Ipswich, Centenary Stormers Football Club, Mt Gravatt Hawks Football Club and West Brisbane Falcons Basketball Club.
Pushing Barriers is a not for profit, volunteer run organisation based in Brisbane.
Their aim is to help children from refugee backgrounds integrate into Australia through sport, by enabling participation in the sport of their choice.
Pushing Barriers recognises the importance of sport as an avenue for social inclusion, particularly for children and young people.
Multiple obstacles exist for refugee communities when participating in club sports, both financial and social.
Pushing Barriers is dedicated to removing these obstacles by providing funding, transportation, education, advocacy and liaison services.
The students selected for the 2021 KPI Scholarships have been chosen based on their determination, resilience and skills.
Co-founder of Pushing Barriers Jenifer French said it’s fantastic to be working with KPI Sports.
"We hope to be able to expand the program even further over coming years.”
Managing Director of KPI Sports Ella Bryan said that Pushing Barriers is a exceptional organisation with great potential.
“We are proud to support these inspirational young people and look forward to seeing them develop throughout the year,” said Bryan.
“KPI Sports believes that access to community sport is something that every child in Australia should have, regardless of background.”
About Pushing Barriers
Pushing Barriers is a not for profit organisation based in Brisbane with the aim of helping teenagers from refugee backgrounds integrate into Australian culture through sport by providing them the opportunity to participate in the sport of their choice. Pushing Barriers provides financial relief to cover the cost of participating in community sports, as well as transportation, liaison and advocacy support to students in its program. For more visit www.pushingbarriers.org.
About KPI Sports
KPI Sports is an Australian owned sporting brand with more than 20 years history supplying sportswear, custom uniforms, equipment and accessories. KPI Sports specialise in supplying sporting clubs, associations, schools and businesses with high quality customised uniforms, across a wide range of sports and community activities. Community partnerships and sponsorships are a key pillar of the KPI offering. For more visit http://www.kpisports.com.au.