At Poms2Oz, we are all about teamwork.
It’s local support and guidance so it feels like home.
Five Poms came to Oz one day. Eighteen months later, only one is finishing his two-year working visa.
Two of those boys left within three months. One left after finding no place to live and the other couldn’t find a job. One more left after six months, when he found himself unhappy with the football club.
Two were left to finish their 12 months in Oz. One had no choice but to go home for not fulfilling his visa requirements. Only one is still here.
What was missing for 80% of them was a support system. A team that was local enough to get them the jobs, the places to stay and the friends to have good nights out with.
Poms 2 Oz is a mentoring and support program that helps English footballers transition to living in Oz, playing football and enjoying everything that Australia has to offer.
Imagine waking up on Friday morning and looking outside to a sunny day. It’s your last day of work for the week, but you don’t mind the train ride into town – people are friendly and tell you to have a good day. At work, the music plays and it’s casual day so everyone has an even more laid back attitude and talk about the weekend’s footy games and who’s house will have the big screen on. What a great surprise, the boss is taking you and the boys out for drinks for all your hard work, he’s noticed how busy it has been. But you take it easy “on the piss” anyway – it’s game day.
Friday night is filled with anticipation. Recently promoted, you are the underdog team to watch. You know there will be crowds of local supporters, wanting to know what this “new kid” is all about but you know you have trained hard, got used to the heat and have your team mates egging you on. You huddle for your last pep talk. And your pumped.
After a great win, you and the lads decide to stay back for a bevvy. They have a laugh at your expense due to the bad victory dance you attempted. But you know it’s the Aussie way. One of the guys puts out an idea to take a maxi taxi into town and impulsively, decide on a night out in the Valley. He knows the DJ playing out and can get you into VIP. The best way to start the weekend off.
You wake up the next morning on nothing more than a few hours sleep. But you don’t mind. You are woken up by the smell of bacon and eggs that one of your housemates has put on the BBQ. It’s breaky time! Perfect for a hangover. Your housemate asks if you are keen to learn how to surf today and whether you are up for a road trip to the beach. Why not? You say to yourself. It’s only an hour away and they always have the best fish and chips up North. AND you still have Sunday.
After playing a good game of beach cricket, falling off a surfboard, and checking the local talent, you get a missed call from back home. It reminds you that people are still back there thinking of you. And you smile to yourself, knowing you are doing something once-in-a-lifetime and that here in Oz, you have made the best choice to gain some independence in one of the best countries in the world.