The PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues WA Regional Cup will become an annual fixture on the football calendar after a successful inaugural event in the mid-west.
More than 2,000 people participated in the Geraldton Football Festival through a series of activities including junior training sessions, ALDI MiniRoos activities and a referee workshop.
Development Officer Annie Leyland visited Geraldton Primary, St Lawrence Primary, Strathalbyn College and Geraldton Grammar for the junior training sessions.
The PS4 NPLWA match between Sorrento and Perth Glory attracted more than 500 spectators to a wet and windy Wonthella Oval.
Football West Geraldton Administrative Officer Tanya Amazzini was instrumental in activating the event and engaging volunteers to ensure the festival’s success.
The first PS4 NPLWA Regional Cup match was made possible through local volunteer support from Geraldton Junior Soccer Association, Midwest Soccer Association and the Department of Sport and Recreation.
Ian Blayney MLA (center) with Sorrento captain Steven McDonald (L) and Perth Glory captain Daniel Stynes (R)
Football West Chief Executive Officer James Curtis was delighted with the event and the response of the local community in supporting the initiative.
“It was great to see football fans brave the cold conditions and, for many of them, get their first taste of the NPL and in a great number of cases their first experience of soccer,” Curtis said.
“Although one of the highlights of the Geraldton Football Festival was the NPLWA Regional Cup match, the entire concept was initiated as a way of engaging the community through a series of activities.
“Sorrento and Perth Glory played an important part with a high-quality and entertaining match and there was a very positive response to the entire event.
“The volunteer support for an event like this was critical to its success and we are grateful to everyone who assisted in the project. Tanya was particularly important in bringing the game to Geraldton and helping it run so smoothly.
“The NPL Regional Cup is certainly a game that will become a feature of the Football West calendar as we look to provide more opportunities for the game in regional areas.”
Football West has initiated the development of a Strategic Plan for the entire game with a separate regional plan to provide specific focus on assisting the growth of the game beyond the metropolitan area.