GLoBALL at the Lord Mayor’s Student Welcome


On Saturday 28 March, 2015 the Essendon Football Club’s GLoBALL Program was lucky enough to attended one of Melbourne’s most iconic international student events, The Lord Mayors Student Welcome.

This event was put on by the City of Melbourne who is a proud supporter of the GLoBALL Program and has been for many years. It was hosted at the Couch, a facility that does great work for the homeless and international student communities of Melbourne. The venue was a perfect fit and was a huge contributor to the overall success of the day.

The GLoBALL Program set up a stall where students were able to participate in a handball competition and could access information about how they could register for a FREE ticket to the footy. Essendon Football Club’s Multicultural Development Officer and GLoBALL Program Coordinator Salim Mahazi was thrilled with how the day panned out. ‘I love events like this where we are able to talk to students one on one and really give them all the information they need to utilise the programs services.’

Long time Ambassador of the program Gary Lee, who also assisted in coordinating the day said ‘he was so happy to have GLoBALL take part in the event… it’s great to see so many people, who know so little about the game, out there having fun handballing and kicking…GLoBALL is a great initiative and I encourage all international students to get involved.’

The Travel Adventures of an Enthusiastic Canadian in OZ


Keiron, Bobbi and Beth at a GLoBALL Event

We were luck enough to catch up with Bobbi and her cousin Keiron at the Lord Mayor’s Welcome for International Students on Southbank. It was a beautiful sunny afternoon, which was followed by the Essendon Vs Melbourne game at the MCG, which Bobbi and Keiron also joined us for.

It was a delight to chat to the beautiful Bobbi and she kindly shared with us some of her experiences in Australia…..


I traveled from Nova Scotia, Canada, to visit with family – that’s my cousin Keiron in the photo with us.  My mum was Sydney born & bred, and so I have cousins there.  It was my 2nd visit to Australia (the first was almost the same time last year!), and I spent time in Hobart (COLD!), Brisbane (way too humid for me, much to my other cousin’s dismay), and Melbourne (pretty much my favorite city).

The game that night was my first-ever Aussie Rules Football experience, and I loved it.  Would definitely go back and clearly I am an Essendon supporter (I even have the scarf to prove it!).  :)

Stuff I love about Australia – the ease and relative low cost of domestic air travel (the travel from Sydney-Hobart-Brisbane-Melbourne-Sydney cost me about $700, and equivalent travel in Canada would have been well over $2,000!)… the transit system in Melbourne… Hannah Gadsby… the National Gallery (I am still blown away that I could go to the NGV ANY DAY IT WAS OPEN and NEVER pay an admission, unless it was to a special traveling exhibit.  It is not like that here)… the Top Arts and Top Design presentations at the NGV and the Melbourne Museum… Indigenous art & music… and omg, the COFFEE!!  Seriously, is there a BAD cup of coffee in Melbourne?  Because I’ve never had one, and I have had a LOT of coffee in your city!

Stuff I did this trip – besides the Footy, of course.  Checked out Gold Coast with my cousin and got some awesome pics from the top of an 88-storey building… but didn’t swim there at all!  I thought I would have more time for swimming. Went down the Great Ocean Road.  Loved it.  Didn’t swim enough. Chapel Street – that was a reprise from last year, but this year, I’m pretty darned sure that I saw Bruce Springsteen window-shopping there.  International Comedy Festival (see: Hannah Gadsby, above!).  Healesville Animal Sanctuary – SUCH an awesomely cool place.  I love that they have breeding programs for endangered animals, rather than rescue and rehab alone.  Cabernet Sauvignon – Australia knows how to make delicious wines!  Meandering around the Dandenongs and stopping in neat little villages not far from the heart of the city to have still MORE excellent coffee.

Something I hate about Australia – the cost of ANYTHING printed on paper.  Novels, textbooks, magazines, greeting cards… they are all outrageously expensive.  I am definitely a bibliophile, and I’d have a hard time affording my fix in Australia.  Why on earth are they so expensive?!

Australia’s a gorgeous country – despite the very different climates, it has much in common with Canada – some wildly varying scenery, depending on where you are.  Glorious mountains and ocean.  Friendly people.  I miss it already, and I’m not even back in Halifax a week yet!


Halifax, Canada


GLoBALL Research

GLoBALL is currently being researched by Beth McLeod as part of her PhD in Sports Science through the University of Ballarat. To date Beth is over half way through this noteworthy challenge, a journey that as any student knows, is the Mount Everest of educational adventures!

 In addition to undertaking a PhD, Beth has been volunteering to help us run the GLoBALL program since 2010. In that time Beth has been instrumental in all the behind the scenes aspects of the program and has also been a key part of its implementation on event days. The passion Beth shares for other people in the community is inspirational, so we look forward to sharing her research findings with you all very soon. Beth will also be publishing her work and will be presenting at various conferences, so please keep an eye out for that in the coming months!

GLoBALL in the Media

The GLoBALL program made it into the spotlight in 2012 with the Herald Sun running are article about the great work being done through the program.

Regular Ambassadors Dillip, Ray and Janine along with two of our international student participants, Tian and David, were all happy to share their GLoBALL experiences.