• Jason Mifsud with SBS Punjabi's Manpreet K Singh at AFLMulticultural Round Festival. (SBS Radio)Source: SBS Radio
The AFL will celebrate the unique cultures that make up the game with Multicultural Round this weekend.
By
Adam Santarossa

7 Jul 2016 - 2:35 PM  UPDATED 7 Jul 2016 - 2:35 PM

The Greater Western Sydney Giants will wear a special ‘Multicultural’ Guernsey for their match against Collingwood.

It will be adorned with the United Nations Refugee Agency logo and the specially designed Guernsey includes two hands interlinking, to represent the community living in unity and harmony and promoting the need for solidarity for all people.

The Giants are also holding special pre-game activities, with a multicultural festival located in Cathy Freeman Park before the match, starting at 11am.  

Port Adelaide will also celebrate their growing connection to China, incorporating Australian and Chinese flags on their jumper, with players name on the back in Mandarin.

The AFL has also announced additions to their Multicultural Ambassador program, with nine new players unveiled.

Sabrina Frederick-Traub, Darcy Vescio, Dayne Zorko, Tom Hawkins, Tendai Mzungu, Adam Saad, Tom Nicholls, Aliir Aliir and Jason Johannisen will join nine current ambassadors, who will aim to "raise cultural understanding, inclusion and participation in all communities".

The football community will also help celebrate NAIDOC week, with special commemorations planned.

Fremantle trained this week in their Indigenous jumper, and will hold a performance football talent program next week for emerging players from diverse backgrounds.

To be eligible, players must be born in the years 2001 to 2003 and either be born overseas or have at least one parent born overseas.

The Western Australian Football League will also celebrate this weekend with a NAIDOC Round.

All WAFL clubs will wear Guernsey’s designed by local Aboriginal artists, whilst a special NAIDOC football will be used in each game, which features the names of some of the great Indigenous footballers that have featured in the league across its history.

The aim of the round is to celebrate the significance of Indigenous footballers across Western Australia and the many names the have graced the competition over the years.

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