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The Community Relations Commission recognises that participation in sport is an excellent way for young people to engage positively with their local communities, build confidence and a sense of belonging, and promote mutual respect and  understanding in the wider community.

The Refugee Youth Sports Sponsorship Program was established by the Community Relations Commission to enable young people of refugee background living in NSW to participate in sports where financial disadvantage may otherwise preclude them.


Sponsorship of up to $500 per player is available to cover costs associated with playing team sports, including registration and game fees, uniforms, and playing equipment.


Applications will be accepted from registered sporting organisations in NSW, participating in a sports league competition, applying on behalf of their eligible players.

To be eligible for sponsorship, players must be:

  • 25 years of age or younger
  • Settled in Australia within the last 5 years (refugee or humanitarian entry)
  • Financially disadvantaged or of school age.

For further information, please contact our office on (02) 8255 6767 or email