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Community groups get into top gear

Football West News

Football West and Armadale SC joined forces recently to donate more than $5,000 worth of equipment to local community groups.

The Belt Up Cup holders supplied more than $4,500 worth of gear while Football West gave balls, socks, playing strips and pop-up goals valued at over $1,000.

The handover was part of the state-wide Grassroots Equipment Donations program in which pre-used equipment is redistributed from Football West, clubs and football community members to grassroots programs to provide new opportunities for disadvantaged groups and make sport easier to access.

Members of the Syrian Community show off their kits

The equipment went to Perth Punjabi Sports and Cultural Association, Syrian Community, Zambian disadvantaged children initiative, South Sudan community groups, Bangladesh Australian Association of WA and United Maylands JFC.

Football West Inclusive Participation Officer Gordon Duus said: “To see the members of the community use gear which was proudly used by club members previously shows us the connection between people at all levels of the game, which also helps bridge a divide in opportunities in society.

“The enthusiasm and ambition of the families from Syrian background using football to help them adjusting to life after escaping a brutal war that has had tragic consequences on everyone’s family is remarkable. The endeavour of all the community groups who benefit needs recognition and support and the GEDP is just one small way.”

Youngsters from the Syrian Community enjoy a game