Football West will again host Belt Up Round across all of our senior competitions this weekend.
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 the weekend of August 24 and 25.
This is the second year that Football West has held a Belt Up Round to share the message for drivers and passengers to wear seatbelts as part of our partnership with the Insurance Commission of Western Australia.
The Commission has once more provided Football West’s Amateur and Regional clubs with 2,000 Belt Up branded footballs. And the Football West State Cup Final was again the Belt Up Cup Final.
Football West CEO James Curtis said: “We cannot emphasise enough the importance of wearing seatbelts on our roads and Football West is proud to work with the Insurance Commission in pushing out the Belt Up message.”
A seat belt is the first line of defence for drivers and passengers in a crash, dramatically reducing the likelihood of death and serious injury. But, last year, 71 people who weren’t wearing a seatbelt were killed or seriously injured in a crash on WA roads. That represents over four football teams.
Commission Secretary Kane Blackman said: “The Insurance Commission is proud to support Football West through its Belt Up campaign.
“Males aged 15-34 years old continue to be over-represented in serious and catastrophic car crashes every year. The Belt Up message is critical for the Insurance Commission, as less severe injuries from crashes result in lower claims costs and more affordable insurance premiums for motorists.
“We want everyone participating in the Belt Up Round to wear a seatbelt every time they are in a car. Seatbelts save lives and lessen injuries caused by crashes. The Insurance Commission doesn’t want any players, or their families, to become another statistic on our roads.”