Perth Glory FC is excited to announce a new partnership with Save the Children, Australia’s largest aid and development agency dedicated to helping, protecting and supporting children in need.

Perth Glory FC is excited to announce a new partnership with Save the Children, Australia-s largest aid and development agency dedicated to helping, protecting and supporting children in need.

The partnership will see Perth Glory-s players, management and Community Department work closely with Save the Children in many of their Perth metropolitan and regional community programs.

Perth Glory-s Head of Community, Callum Salmon said, “Perth Glory has a strong obligation to use its resources, position in the community and its many positive role models to engage with the Western Australian community.”

“Football is the world game, it brings communities together, and through football we can break down barriers and empower people who are attracted to or benefit from football or are in need of assistance,” Salmon added.

“Through our many community football programs, we have over several years encouraged young people to play in the right manner and to live in a lifestyle that benefits them. We use football to remove any perceived barriers that can limit the participation of disadvantaged communities from participating in football and the broader community here in Western Australia. It is for these reasons that we are happy to be working alongside Save the Children.”

Perth Glory CEO Jason Brewer said the Club-s commitment to making a difference goes beyond football. “We are continuously striving to run our activities in a socially responsible and community focused way. That is why we have entered into this partnership with Save the Children, where we hope to bring Perth Glory-s players, coaches and resources to assist vulnerable children already participating in Save the Children-s critical programs in WA.”

To mark the start of the partnership, which comes at the beginning of Refugee Week, new Head Goalkeeping Coach Danny Milosevic, several players and Glory CEO Jason Brewer will visit Save the Children-s Live and Learn program in Gosnells on Tuesday. The visit will give program participants, who all come from refugee backgrounds, the opportunity to learn about playing professional soccer while offering them the chance to kick the ball with some stars of the game in Australia.

“Refugee Week is an excellent time to recognise the great potential amongst young people from refugee backgrounds, and to promote the contributions they can, and do, make to our community.” Brewer added.

Perth Glory CEO, Jason Brewer said the visit would strengthen Glory-s connections with the community and reinforce its commitment to inspiring young people to follow their dreams. “Football has the power to change communities and inspire people on a global level. In the middle of the 2014 World Cup, it-s fantastic to have the chance to celebrate it with some potential future players who come from cultures that are truly football-mad.”

Save the Children-s Live and Learn program supports primary and high school students of refugee background to integrate and succeed in school by providing educational assistance, life skills sessions, family support and school holiday excursions.

Save the Children-s WA State Manager, Glyn Davies said he was thrilled to partner with Perth-s leading football club. “Glory have shown over many years their support for community initiatives and, in particular, implementing programs that use football as a means to engage and support disadvantaged communities and children. This is the first of many initiatives planned and I am confident that all those involved will benefit tremendously from this partnership.--

For media inquiries contact Perth Glory on 08 9492 6000 or Evan Schuurman from Save the Children on 0400 546 942.