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Football West CEO James Curtis and SSWA President Peter Rickers.

Uniting football with School Sports WA

Football West News

Football West and School Sport WA (SSWA) have formalised a relationship that will benefit footballers across the state through improved communication and elite development cooperation.

Although the organisations have worked closely over the years, a Memorandum of Understanding confirms a united approach to increasing participation and improving player technical capabilities.

Football West Head of Development Jamie Harnwell said the MOU would enable closer relationships between elite development pathways and the State Schoolboys and Schoolgirls teams.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for both organisations to focus on the number of players participating in the sport and look at ways we can improve development pathways for them,” he said.

“The MOU will also allow us to continue to provide Football West referees across all School Sports competitions and games.”

SSWA President Peter Rickers was pleased with the arrangement, which would increase development prospects for players.

“It’s an important step for School Sport WA to formally link up with Football West with the intention of helping schools and clubs,” Rickers said. “This arrangement shows that the two organisations are working together for the improvement of football in WA and it will open up opportunities for players across the two associations.”

The agreement will also allow Football West to accurately report on the participation numbers within School Sport-sanctioned competitions for primary and high schools.

SSWA is an association of school teachers who coordinate sporting competitions for school students at local, regional, interstate and international level.

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