Football West is delighted to announce it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Shanghai Football Association.
The three-year MoU will deliver improved player, coach and referee exchange programs between the two bodies.
Western Australia has had a strong tradition of football exchange within Asia, and through the development of the Asian Engagement Strategy last year Football West aims to take this to another level.
Eddie Lennie (Football West General Manager Football), Jamie Harnwell (Football West Head of Development), John Fowler (Consular Officer), Stuart Crockett (WA Government Chief Representative – Commissioner), James Curtis (Football West CEO), Zhu Guanghu (Shanghai FA President), Lin Yi, Chen Fugai, Pan Lina and Tian Jiang
Football West CEO James Curtis said: “Football is a global game and as the number one participated team sport in Western Australia and Australia, we want to take the lead in providing the best development opportunities for our players, coaches, referees and officials within the Asian market, particularly China.”
The partnership with the Shanghai Football Association is seen as a key milestone in fostering more productive football and cultural exchanges between Western Australia and Shanghai.
“Football in Shanghai is exciting and vibrant, with strong support in the local the community. We see that there are great opportunities to share football and cultural insights to improve talent pathways between WA and Shanghai,” Mr Curtis said.
Football West CEO James Curtis and Shanghai FA President Zhu Guanghu
Shanghai FA President Zhu Guanghu said: “The Shanghai FA has recently changed its strategy to focus on serving football, serving the community and serving the base. And we know that Football West has rich experience in social football and engaging communities, which shows that we both share the same goal.
“I believe through this partnership we could work together and learn from each other to promote football development and exchanges between Shanghai and Western Australia and achieve a win-win result.”
Fittingly, the signing of the MoU took place in Shanghai following the successful Jinshan Shanghai International Football Tournament in China, where the Gold Fields Under 15 WA State Team competed against teams including the Chinese National Youth Team, Indian National Youth Team and Slavia Prague FC.