17 Sep 2014 Living here

Newest citizens can join the club

PORT Adelaide Football Club will host South Australia's biggest citizenship swearing in ceremony at Alberton today and the newest Australians will be encouraged to become Port fans as the first step in their new lives.

At the event in The Port Club, 520 people from 67 nations - including 40 with the surname Patel - take the pledge of commitment amid the excitement of Port's two senior teams playing finals football this weekend.

After formalities are over Port officials will invite the new citizens to have a kick on the oval.

A Department of Immigration and Border Protection spokesperson said the venue was chosen months ago.

Port Adelaide Enfield Mayor Gary Johanson, who will be the conferring officer at the ceremony, said the backdrop of success at Alberton would probably lead to a flood of new fans keen to become members.

Port Community manager Darren Adamson said: "We won't hit them up for membership on the day but if they go on the database as potential supporters we will stay in touch with information and offers."

Taken from Adelaide Advertiser, Adelaide by Brad Crouch 17 Sep 2014