Support for clubs and football for all a priority for Football West’s new chair Sherif Andrawes
Football West News
Football West’s Board has elected Sherif Andrawes as its new Chairman and Will Golsby as Deputy Chairman this week to lead the future of the football across Western Australia.
Mr Andrawes replaces Liam Twigger who retired after serving ten years on the Board, including six years as Chair.
Mr Andrawes, who is the Global and National Practice Leader – Natural Resources for BDO, has a long-time involvement with football in Western Australia as a former President and Life Member of East Fremantle Soccer Club, Committee Member of Perth Soccer Club, as well as a coach and player at a number of clubs.
The strength of the game in WA and the efforts of clubs and volunteers was something of which that Mr Andrawes is incredibly proud.
“Community football has grown significantly across Western Australia, particularly with female, and regional participants. With over 230,000 people getting involved each week across the State through the hard work and dedication of clubs and volunteers we know that the sport is in a strong position.”
Mr Andrawes, a keen Perth Glory fan, also recognised the success of elite football in WA and the international interest in the WA game.
“The success at the top end is great for the game in WA. To see another great season for the Perth Glory Women’s team and the Men’s team on top of the ladder, it demonstrates that WA can hold its own on the national stage.”
“It is also exciting to see the WA game positioned strongly in Asia through our recent exchanges with China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, including the partnership with the Shanghai FA. These exchanges provide great opportunities for players and coaches, but also will drive investment into the game” said Mr Andrawes.
However, with the popularity of the game at record heights, Mr Andrawes recognised the work ahead for Football West and the game more broadly in WA.
“With any growth there comes challenges, and we are focused on delivering the resources and providing support to clubs and volunteers that will make the game more accessible for all.”
“Football in WA has not received its fair share of investment compared with other major sporting codes, and without this investment into facilities and programs, there is a real risk that Western Australian players will miss out.”.
“As Chair and as a Board we are focused on making sure that the football experience across all levels of the game is an enjoyable experience. This includes improving playing and club facilities, delivering increased and improved development opportunities for players, coaches and referees and providing the support for clubs to reduce the burden in getting games on the pitch.”
Mr Will Golsby, who is the General Manager of Corporate Affairs at RAC, has a strong pedigree in community sport, including as a former Chief of Staff for the Victorian Minister for Sport and Recreation and Veterans’ Affairs and as a junior football coach in the WA football competitions.
Support for clubs and community football was also a key priority for Mr Golsby.
“Football is a great vehicle for engaging the community and we know that clubs and volunteers are behind the success of the game. We look forward to engaging and working closely with our clubs across all aspects of the game.”
In addition to the new Chair and Deputy Chair, Richard Marshall joined the Football West Board at the Annual General Meeting in March. Richard was the former Chief Financial Officer at the WACA and has had extensive experience in community football as a player and coach.