The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder has announced its support of Football West and the Goldfields Football Festival in Kalgoorlie through the City’s Community Assistance Scheme.
The City has provided Football West with a $10,000 grant to support a week-long festival celebrating football in regional WA. The festival will also recognise the City’s 125th Anniversary celebrations, recognising the first discovery of gold in the region.
The Goldfields Football Festival will take place from Sunday, April 8 to Sunday, April 15. Football West’s participation in the KidsFest and YouthFest festivals will involve school visits and club, coach and referee workshops.
The festival will also involve an NPL WA fixture between Perth Glory and Sorrento; the second instalment of the Regional Cup following the inaugural match held in Geraldton in 2017.
Football West Chief Executive Officer James Curtis said the festival will be a fantastic way to connect the sport with regional communities.
“The Regional Cup in Geraldton in 2017 was a huge success and we are looking forward to bringing the match to Kalgoorlie this year,” he said.
“More than 10,000 football participants are based in regional Western Australia and the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s support of initiatives, such as the Regional Cup, highlights the commitment being made to development pathways in our regions.”
City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Chief Executive Officer John Walker said the City was proud to be supporting Football West and the Goldfields Football Festival.
“The City’s Community Assistant Scheme supports initiatives that encourage an active lifestyle and the football festival does just that – while also contributing to our 125th Anniversary celebrations,” he said.
“We’re honoured to be supporting this community festival that promotes participation in one of the largest sports in Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
“The organisers have clearly gone above and beyond when thinking of ways to get the community involved. This large scale event encompasses a 9 day program of soccer activations at multiple venues throughout the city.
“I encourage all members of our community to take advantage of this unique opportunity and get involved – whether it be the young kids and youth having a kick around at KidsFest or YouthFest, to the parents learning about coaching or refereeing, to the whole family attending the National Premier Leagues fixture.”