2018 UN Day Media award for the Promotion of Sustainable Cities and Communities

Image of Sarah NealCongratulations to Professor Sarah Neal and colleagues for winning the Promotion of Sustainable Cities and Communities category in the 2018 UN Day Media Award for their film ‘Foul Play: Are Clubs Killing Community Sport?’ The film explores the role which sport plays in helping migrants in Australia create a sense of community and the struggles they face as it gets harder and harder to find places to play.

The film relates to a current research project professor Neal is involved in with colleagues in Australia titled 'Diversity and Pickup Sport: Marginality, Inclusion and the Urban Commons'. Work within this project includes an article recently published on The Conversation titled 'Pushing casual sport to the margins threatens cities social cohesion'. Following a similar theme to the film, this article explores the role that pick-up sports play in helping marginalised groups in Australia form friendships and social networks.

About the UN Day Media Awards

Each year since 1979, the United Nations Association of Australia has acknowledged UN Day (24 October) by awarding Australia journalists and media organisations who have excelled in their promotion of human rights and social justice issues.
The UN Day Media Awards seek to promote understanding about humanitarian and social justice issues by recognising those in the Australian media whose contributions stimulate public awareness and understanding. The UN Day Media Awards are a key feature of the UNAA’s work to promote achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Each category addresses one or more of the Goals.