All it took was a ball to put a smile on the face of the kids involved in Football West’s Asian Football Confederation Grassroots Day celebrations.
Football West celebrated AFC Grassroots Day with participants aged between eight and 13 taking part in a small-sided competition with an Asian Cup theme.
With just a ball at their feet, the participants, drawn from the Common Goal program, were thrilled to be part of the activities.
AFC Grassroots Day aims to bring people of all communities and backgrounds together through the game and is celebrated worldwide with 38 member associations taking part in the fifth annual event this year.
At the Football West event, held at Fragrant Gardens Park in Mirrabooka, children from Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Australia were presented with AFC Grassroots shirts before playing in games under the banner of various Asian countries.
Football West Inclusive Development Officer Gordon Duus said the AFC event was a fantastic opportunity to connect the local community to grassroots participants around the world.
“All of the participants like to tell us where they came from and where they learnt to play the game,” he said.
“Now they will be able to go home and tell their families they participated in an event along with thousands of other children throughout Asia.”
The Common Goal program is run weekly by Football West in partnership with the WA Police and Edmund Rice Centre.