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Football West Corporate Partnerships Manager Mark Bryant, Wembley Downs player Will Fishleigh, Hyundai Osborne Park Dealer Principal Marcus Long, Wembley Downs President Natalie Harding and Hyundai Regional General Manager WA Michael Beros

Hyundai raffle a financial winner with clubs

Football West News

Football clubs in WA have hailed a community fund-raiser which could see them benefit by more than $200,000.

Football West’s key partner Hyundai launched its All Dai. Every Dai. WA Community Football Raffle last month.

A number of big-money prizes are on offer, including a first prize of a brand new Hyundai Santa Fe Active, worth more than $52,000, kindly donated by the Hyundai Dealers of Western Australia.

However, each club which participates in the raffle is guaranteed a win anyway – because they get to keep all of the money they generate from each $2 raffle ticket sale.

So far more than 100,000 tickets have been ordered, which means $200,000 staying in grassroots football.

Hyundai has a long association with football. As a partner of world governing body FIFA, it is the name sponsor of the A-League and its logo appears on the shirt of Chelsea FC.

But Hyundai Regional General Manager WA Michael Beros said the concept of the raffle was to forge stronger relations with the grassroots of the sport in Western Australia.

“At Hyundai we are very conscious of community sport and we have taken a new direction with our All Dai. Every Dai. WA philosophy,” he said.

“Football being such a massive participation sport allows Hyundai to immerse itself across the entire WA community. And the raffle concept is very exciting as it helps guarantee funds into grassroots and takes pressure off volunteers for fund-raising.

“Across WA there have already been over 100,000 tickets registered – that’s over $200,000 into grassroots football. That’s a lot of sausage sizzles!”

National Premier Leagues WA champions Perth SC and 2017 Amateur title winners Wembley Downs are just two of the clubs who have embraced the initiative.

Perth SC President and former Socceroo Gary Marocchi said: “Perth SC is delighted to be involved with the Football West-Hyundai raffle.

“We see it as a great opportunity for the club to raise funds at a time when sponsorship and other means of fundraising are becoming a challenge for all sporting clubs.

“We commend Hyundai for their initiative in WA and for their involvement in the code in this country. I urge all clubs to promote the raffle amongst members and supporters, as every ticket sold returns the full amount of sales back to the clubs.”

Wembley Downs President Natalie Harding said the raffle was very popular with the clubs.

“Anything that can help clubs bring in funds has to be welcomed. This is a fantastic initiative, allowing clubs to retain all of the funds they raise,” she said.

Natalie and Wembley midfielder Will Fishleigh helped promote the raffle at Hyundai Osborne Park, whose Dealer Principal Marcus Long said it was important to build relations with local clubs.

“It is too easy for business to try to target the big end of sport but supporting grassroots is equally important,” said Marcus, a former first-team player with Sorrento FC.

“Football offers so many more opportunities than other sports, too. It has the numbers, the diversity and the global appeal.

“Hyundai wants to be at the forefront of building with the next generation.”