Team 11 is proud to announce its plans to develop a Community Foundation in partnership with local community agencies, education providers, government and other key stakeholders if its bid for A-League admission is successful.

As such, Team 11 can also confirm respected education figure Maria Peters has been appointed as Team 11 Community Ambassador, charged with helping to shape the unique Foundation that will be attached to the club.

Mrs Peters was CEO of Chisholm TAFE from 2010-17, where she became one of the leading figures within the Australian vocational and tertiary sector.

Team 11’s bid for an A-League and W-League licence goes well beyond football.

The prospective club wants to become part of the fabric of the south-east Victorian community and, using the power of sport, become a force for positive change in the region.

The Foundation will foster engagement and impact people of all ages from across south-east Victoria through programs and opportunities across the corporate, community and sports worlds.

It will focus on fostering personal and professional growth, such as building key employability attributes of teamwork, entrepreneurship, leadership through education, internships and community projects.

The Foundation, through events and programs, will take a key role in the awareness, education and promotion of community health and wellbeing and value and celebrate the diversity and achievements of its communities.

The Foundation has already had several significant pledges made towards it by members of the local business community, who believe in Team 11’s potential transformative effect on the region.

Mrs Peters, whose retirement from Chisholm last year ended a 30-year involvement with the organisation, said the Team 11 Foundation would open doors for young and disadvantaged members of the community.

“The Team 11 Foundation will aim to add a critical community dimension to what the club’s football arm will represent and stand for,” Mrs Peters said.

“It will strengthen how Team 11 wants to be embedded in and contribute to its community and make a difference by enabling the achievement of positive outcomes of individuals and the broader communities in Victoria’s south-east.

“I know the Foundation will positively impact lives so that individuals have a sense of belonging, can thrive, overcome challenges, build resilience, succeed and add to community unity.

“It will be a beacon not only by leveraging the Team 11 sporting brand to be a key force in attracting and supporting its community, but also because it will be approachable, relevant and innovative in what it does and offers.

“Knowing these communities as I do and seeing the potential the Team 11 Foundation has, in my eyes the possibilities are endless. It will become a real part of the region’s future and fibre.”