Recently young fan of our game Jenon Biwot sadly and tragically drowned in Mindarie.
As in football safety is the primary concern and so Football West urges all our friends in the community to guard against accidental drowning and to get children when they are not playing football to join in swimming and water awareness programs, even if it means taking the football to the beach or pool.
CaLD Policy - Statement of Commitment: Football West is the primary body for Football within Western Australia and supports the right of people from CaLD backgrounds to be involved in football in all ways including playing, coaching, refereeing and administering the game. The creation and ongoing adjustments of the Outreach for Diversity Program is to ensure that the objectives in the Football Federation Australia's CaLD Policy are implemented to reflect inclusive practices throughout all participation. We will assist to promote positive and informed attitudes towards people from CaLD backgrounds.
Policy Application (Extract): Football West will take reasonable steps to idenfify and eliminate unlawful direct, indirect, and dystematic discrimination from its structures and practices and will ensure that people from CaLD communities are afforded reasonable participation and development opportunities to participate in all areas of football. Employees and volunteers shall, within their areas of responsibility, take reasonable steps to remove any barriers which exist to programs and services, and the physical, social, and virtual environment.
To find your local club to play through the winter competition season, follow this easy link: http://www.myfootballclub.com.au/index.php?id=63
Are people from your community or social network interested in playing regular competitive football?
Many emerging community groups have already become involved in Football West competition.
If you are interested in joining then check out this document and contact the friendly staff at Football West. (click here)
Opportunities for recently arrived people to play include:
Perth Amateur World Cup
Click here to find out how.
We offer all communities in Perth the opportunity to have football activities and themes delivered to any community events. Click here for flyer.
In recent months we have delivered children's clinics in the Sudan Cup and assisted the organisers, been integral in helping the Perth African Nations Football Council deliver the PAN Cup Tournament and assisted with various community agency initiatives.
We can offer one or a combination of the following football opportunities for any community events you are involved in:
At present we can offer these free of charge and we will do whatever we can to facilitate these enhancing your community event. Please note that the timing of your event may affect the availability of people to conduct the above activities, but we will welcome opportunities to bring the world game into events.
2013 Event Currently in Planning
2012 Event Information: This event on Thursday 30 August 2012 featured 8 teams from local multicultural communities plus the 13s team from United Maylands JFC enjoying a mini-futsal tournament and the Smarter than Smoking Inflatable Pitch on the picturesque Langley Park from 3:00pm til sunset. The event featured delegates from multi-national mining corporations, foreign governments and local mining industry businesses each looking to put a community slant on the corporate week which was the Africa Down Under Conference 2012 held in the Perth central business district.
An initiative designed to introduce recently arrived people to the local clubs and the friendly inclusive culture within our clubs, while promoting the Kidsport opportunity at the same time. Stirling Suns Junior Football Club and Vic Park Rovers have been involved in local initiatives to exhhibit their club activities for this program to showcase the mainstream sporting club environment.
Smarter than Smoking and Football West teamed up in late 2006 to develop a pilot football program aimed at providing football opportunities for special-needs children and people from multicultural backgrounds, particularly young indigenous players and immigrants. Other Partners such as WA Police and very recently Perth Glory have teamed up with Football West to provide initiatives that score goals for social cohesion and encourage people from emerging community backgrounds to become involved in mainstream sport as players, coaches, referees and officials.
The Smarter than Smoking partnership highlights the association between sporting success and a smoke free lifestyle.
Leith Mete from the Heart Foundation said that it is vital that young people continue to be exposed to message that prevents the uptake of smoking, especially as they make the transition from primary to high school - a time when they are at the greatest risk of experimenting.
"For those who desire to perform well with their football, smoking is not a smart move. Smokers are more easily exhausted, are slower to react and have poorer visual judgment. This program provides us with the ability to teach those less fortunate the Smarter than Smoking message," said Leith Mete.
2013 Event in Planning.
This event is a partnership between Football West and United Maylands Junior Football Club every July at Gibbney Reserve, Maylands. It celebrated the mix of cultures that are changing the face of the Western Australian football community, recognising contribution of culturally diverse players and officials and volunteers locally and momorialising the tragic loss of a junior player who was a founding member of United Maylands JFC and Football West's Multicultural Community work.
In 2012 approximately 400 people attended during the day, with friendly matches involving an intensive language school, Banksia United, Ballajura AFC and Tuart Hill JSC. There was also a masters match featuring Armadale Senior Soccer Club.
Football West has released an award-winning iPhone app which is free for all to download from the iTunes App Store. It is also available for the iPod Touch and iPad. We've also got a mobile site available for other devices! Click here for more.