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A scene familiar on pitches up and down the State evey weekend. None would be possible without volunteers, who are being recognised this week

Football West hails ‘vital’ volunteers

Football West News

Football West would like to use the occasion of National Volunteer Week to thank the thousands of volunteers across the State who contribute so much to our sport.

From coaches and club officials to the parents who run the line or taxi their future Socceroo or Matilda to the local reserve, everybody helps to make the world game the greatest game.

Football West CEO James Curtis said: “Volunteers are vital to the game of football in WA, in the metro area and certainly in the regions where they are a lifeblood of all local sports.

“Their contributions are valued throughout the year and this week is a great opportunity for us to recognise the work they do.”

Volunteering WA estimates the sector is worth $39 billion of economic, social and cultural benefits to Western Australia each year.

WA Sports Minister Mick Murray said: “Western Australia has some of the most dedicated volunteers in the world, and this week we honour each and every person who contributes to the community.”

Murray, who is also Volunteering Minister, added: “This week’s awards offer a chance to formally recognise the State’s most exceptional contributors, many who have volunteered over the course of decades.

“This week is a time to celebrate everyone who offers their time and effort to the community, and acknowledge the immense value volunteering brings to Western Australia.”

National Volunteer Week runs from May 21-27 and this year’s theme is “Give a Little, Change a Lot”, which Volunteering Australia says “represents the millions of volunteers who make a profound impact in their communities and on society, through giving a little time”.