Shaheens Sporting and Social Club Limited (Shaheens) is the brainchild of Kashif Bouns an Australian Football League official, prominent community leader and diversity advocate. Bouns recognized that the multicultural youth in Australia needed greater opportunities to connect with the wider Australian society.
Shaheen is a word of Persian origin for the peregrine falcon; a bird that is relatively small in size yet has immense strength and the ability to strike its prey from a great height. It’s a symbol of determination and courage, qualities we cherish in sport and inculcate in our team members and supporters. Renowned poet of the east Muhammad Iqbal has immortalised the bird in his poetry, which writes;
“Shaheen kabhi parvaaz se thak kar naheen girta, pur dam hai agar tu to nahi khatra-e-uftad” which translates to “The Shaheen never tries of flight. It will keep flying, even in the face of adversity, until it reaches its target.
By adopting one of the most talked-about sports in Australia, the Pakistan Shaheens aim to bridge the gap between the Australian and Pakistani community. It is an opportunity for people of Pakistani origin to blend in a vibrant multicultural society of Australia, and to promote harmony among various communities through healthy recreation by portraying positive image of Pakistan.
Shaheens seek to provide meaningful engagement opportunities using sports and other social activities as vehicles of social inclusion and cohesion.
Our Key Objectives are:
- To promote the importance of sports amongst members of multicultural communities through games like AFL and Cricket.
- To promote social cohesion and harmony among the Culturally And Linguistically diverse (CALD) communities in Australia.
- To improve the health and wellbeing levels of multicultural communities in Australia.
- To promote better connection between the new arrivals and the mainstream community.
- To create awareness about sport as an alternate career path.