One Ball is proud to partner with Football Victoria and the Victorian Government in delivering the Empowering Lives Through Football project.
One Ball is a community soccer and wellbeing program based in the City of Port Phillip. Led by former Young Socceroo and professional footballer, Kamal Ibrahim, One Ball provides opportunities for young people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds across Melbourne to learn positive life skills through playing soccer in a social setting.
The One Ball philosophy was inspired by Kamal’s experiences as he found support, empowerment and encouragement through football during his youth.
“Through football (soccer) I learnt skills; skills that helped me on and off the field. I looked forward to my games each week, my team was my ‘family’, I had a sense of acceptance and a way of communicating without having to speak, I learnt how to work as a team, improve myself as an individual, I was supported in a fun and safe environment.
Football has given me opportunities that I never expected. Football gave me the opportunity to represent Australia and Victoria on a national level and I was given the opportunity to travel the world. It gave me that sense of encouragement to do more with my life and that with hard work anything can be achieved.” read more