The Bachar Houli Foundation (BHF) is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to build young leaders within the Muslim community. The BHF aims to support social cohesion by fostering young Muslims with a sense of belonging through sport.. The foundation also creates employment pathways through traineeships and builds cross-community bridges by promoting social inclusion through its education programs and events.
The first Bachar Houli Program was launched in 2013 by champion AFL football player Bachar Houli, in partnership with the AFL and the Richmond Football Club. The establishment was the first Muslim Football Academy in Australia.
The BHF delivers its football programs through the AFL with a team of experts including Richmond premiership player, Bachar Houli (Head Coach), former St Kilda forward Ahmed Saad (Program Manager) and Ali Fahour (General Manager), who has over 10 years of experience in the development of multicultural programs.
Since its establishment, the foundation has developed successful talent programs. Each program has a unique focus around football development, peak performance, leadership and identity.
Since being established six years ago, the first Muslim football academy in Australia for aspiring athletes has been very successful, reaching over 35,000 participants.
The BHF delivers unique football programs, which aim to provide a rich and memorable experience for all participants.
View all of our programs here.