United partners with non-for-profit youth service, The Huddle

January 24, 2022

United partners with non-for-profit youth service, The Huddle

Melbourne United is excited and proud to announce its new partnership with The Huddle, an award-winning not-for-profit organisation that leverages the power of sport to help young people learn, grow and belong, in conjunction with the NBL.

For the past 11 years, The Huddle has worked with more than 100,000 young people from more than 160 different cultures across Australia using sport to strengthen education and employment pathways.

United, the NBL and The Huddle will partner to deliver innovative curriculum modules to primary school students through its “GOAL!” program.

GOAL! is a free online resource that integrates basketball themes into the classroom to engage students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Melbourne United Community and Engagement Manager Nicola Parkinson spoke about her excitement at partnering with The Huddle and playing a large role in GOAL!

“GOAL! is an incredibly engaging program that will introduce basketball and Melbourne United to thousands of kids across the State,” she said.

“We visit hundreds of schools across Melbourne and Victoria every year and GOAL! allows us to do one step better – extend basketball into the classroom. We can’t wait to get started.”

These sentiments were echoed by The Huddle CEO Cameron McLeod.

“Bringing basketball into the classroom to engage and inspire students to learn and grow is a game-changer for students, teachers, families and the community.

“Research shows that approximately 40 per cent of students are consistently disengaged in class, leading to a range of disruptive behaviours and falling behind their peers academically and socially.

“The NBL is one of the most recognisable sporting brands in Australia with a long and proud history of supporting strong community outcomes, and The Huddle is proud to partner with the NBL to inspire life-long learning.”

Designed by teachers, for teachers, GOAL! has been piloted in parts of Australia with more than 16,500 students already benefiting from the program.

Schools can register an expression of interest to access GOAL! resources at https://thehuddle.secure.force.com/r/goal

For enquiries, please contact education@thehuddle.org.au.

‘If you would like to have Melbourne United visit your school, contact community@melbourneutd.com.au.