Football West will host the National Premier Leagues WA Regional Cup between Perth Glory Youth and Sorrento on Saturday, April 14 as part of the 2018 Goldfields Football Festival.
Football West will bring the Festival to the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder from Sunday, April 8 to Sunday, April 15.
The match will be the highlight of a week-long event of activities including Football West coach, player and referee workshops and school clinics.
The Goldfields Football Festival underlines Football West’s commitment to developing the game beyond the metropolitan borders.
The Festival will be supported by a partnership recently announced between Football West and Gold Fields Australia. The Department of Local Government, Sport and Recreation have also provided assistance, while the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s $10,000 Community Assistance Scheme grant has further backed the initiative.
The festival will also celebrate the City’s 125th Anniversary, recognising the first discovery of gold in the region.
Football West Chief Executive Officer James Curtis said the festival will be a fantastic way to connect the sport with regional communities.
“The Regional Cup in Geraldton in 2017 was a huge success and we are looking forward to bringing the match to Kalgoorlie this year,” he said.
“More than 10,000 football participants are based in regional Western Australia and the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s support of initiatives, such as the Regional Cup, highlights the commitment being made to development pathways in our regions.”
City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Chief Executive Officer John Walker said the City was proud to be supporting Football West and the Goldfields Football Festival.
“The City’s Community Assistance Scheme supports initiatives that encourage an active lifestyle and the football festival does just that – while also contributing to our 125th Anniversary celebrations,” he said.
“We’re honoured to be supporting this community festival that promotes participation in one of the largest sports in Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
“The organisers have clearly gone above and beyond when thinking of ways to get the community involved. This large scale event encompasses a nine-day program of soccer activations at multiple venues throughout the city.
“I encourage all members of our community to take advantage of this unique opportunity and get involved – whether it be the young kids and youth having a kick around at KidsFest or YouthFest, to the parents learning about coaching or refereeing, to the whole family attending the National Premier Leagues fixture.”