Former Glory owner Nick Tana to head new Football West charity

In a game changing period for football in Western Australia, Football West is proud to announce the launch of its new charity.

Football Futures Foundation will support, mentor and invest in people from diverse and priority backgrounds through football. These people include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and those disadvantaged through economic, cultural, social, health or educational factors.

Former Glory owner Nick Tana to head new Football West charity
Football West CEO James Curtis, Hon Bill Johnston MLA for Cannington, Football West Chairman Sherif Andrawes, Football Futures Foundation Chairman Nick Tana and WA Sports Minister Tony Buti. Photo by Football West/Fotoenzo

To lead the charge, Football West appointed former Perth Glory owner and experienced businessman Nick Tana as the Foundation’s inaugural Chair.

This is Mr Tana’s first official involvement in anything football-related since he relinquished his Perth Glory licence to Football Australia in 2006, following 11 hugely successful years at the helm of the two-times national champions.

Former Glory owner Nick Tana to head new Football West charity
Football Futures Foundation Chairman Nick Tana addresses the audience at the charity launch. Photo by Football West/FotoEnzo

“I am genuinely excited to be the chairman of Football Futures Foundation, a charity which will have a positive impact in the most in-need areas of society in Western Australia,” Mr Tana said.

“My time at Perth Glory was special and it was great to share that adventure with so many people. But leading Football Futures Foundation is an even more exciting opportunity.

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“It is a fantastic privilege to know you can help change people’s lives for the better. Which is why I am calling on leaders in business and Government to get involved with Football Futures Foundation so together we can make a difference.”

Former Glory owner Nick Tana to head new Football West charity

Football West Chairman Sherif Andrawes welcomed Mr Tana as the Foundation’s Chairman.

“It is an honour to have Nick on board to lead the Foundation from day one,” he said. “He is a person who helped change the landscape of WA football, so it is only fitting that he is at the forefront of a venture of this magnitude.

Former Glory owner Nick Tana to head new Football West charity
Members of the Kelly gang who performed the Welcome to Country ceremony. Photo by Football West/FotoEnzo

“There has never been a better time to be involved in football in Western Australia. We have worked hard to secure the State Football Centre and the Women’s World Cup in Perth in 2023. And with the establishment of the Football Futures Foundation, we are creating a legacy for Western Australian football.

Former Glory owner Nick Tana to head new Football West charity
WA Sports Minister Tony Buti. Photo by Football West/FotoEnzo

“It is about making a difference and ensuring people get the chance to improve their physical and mental health, or are not left behind in terms of education or miss out on job opportunities simply because of who they are or where they are from.”

The official launch of Football Futures Foundation took place at the WA Museum at the Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge, on Monday 21 June.

Former Glory owner Nick Tana to head new Football West charity
African Beat perform at the launch. Photo by Football West/FotoEnzo
Former Glory owner Nick Tana to head new Football West charity
Jonathan Ford delivers the Welcome to Country. Photo by Football West/FotoEnzo