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Back row: Godwin Darkwa (Sorrento), Kenny Keogh (Inglewood United), Jason Saldaris (Floreat Athena), Francis Soale (Perth SC), Calum O’Connell (Balcatta); Front Row: Luca Bodnar (Perth Glory), David Micevski (Stirling Lions), Nathan Costello (Armadale) and David Perich (Subiaco) help launch this weekend’s Belt up. Round. Photo by FotoEnzo

Football West launches Belt up. Round

Football West News

Football West will hold its first Belt up. Round this weekend as we reinforce the road safety message of the importance of wearing seatbelts.

Matches across the State, including the National Premier Leagues WA, State League, Amateur, Women’s, Metropolitan and Regional, will come under the Belt up. banner on June 16 and 17.

Players from the National Premier Leagues WA have helped launch the round.

The 2018 season is the first of a three-year partnership between Football West and the Insurance Commission of Western Australia, who have provided our Amateur and Regional clubs with 2,000 Belt up. branded footballs.

Football West CEO James Curtis said: “The Belt up. message is one we all need to act on. Together with the Insurance Commission of WA, we want to make sure our football community, and the community more broadly, do the right thing and Belt up.”

Insurance Commission of WA Secretary Kane Blackman said: “The Insurance Commission is proud to partner with Football West in 2018. Belt up. Round is a great way for teams across the State to promote this important road safety message.

“Last year there were 71 people who weren’t wearing a seatbelt and were killed or seriously injured on WA roads. Statistics show that you are 10 times more likely to be killed or seriously injured in a car crash if you are not wearing your seatbelt. We’d rather see you on the pitch than hurt in a crash.

“Belt up. aims to reduce the severity of injuries incurred by educating the community about the importance of wearing a seatbelt.

“Seatbelts save lives and lessen injuries on our roads. This has a real impact on the Insurance Commission’s costs which totalled $462 million in claims payments last financial year. By reducing the impact of injuries in a crash, the cost of a claim is lessened and motor injury insurance premiums can be kept affordable for all Western Australian motorists.”

The Insurance Commission of Western Australia has naming rights to the following Men’s Sunday competitions:

  • Belt up. Men’s Amateur League

  • Belt up. Men’s Amateur Cup

  • Belt up. Men’s Amateur Reserves League

  • Belt up. Men’s Amateur Reserves Cup

  • Belt up. Men’s Masters League

  • Belt up. Men’s Masters Cup

  • Belt up. Men’s Metroplitan League

  • Belt up. Men’s Metroplitan Cup

The Men’s State Cup is now the Belt up. Cup, while a number of competitions now have Belt up. rounds, including the National Premier Leagues WA and the Women’s State League.

Belt up. is a road safety awareness campaign to promote wearing seatbelts on WA roads to reduce the severity of injury in a crash.

The message is simple. Wear a seatbelt. Belt up! We don’t want you to become another statistic on our roads.