Glory’s Sporting Schools leading the nation

Perth Glory’s Sporting Schools program has been recognised as “leading the way” by high-ranking Football Federation Australia officials.

Head of the Hyundai A-League, Damien de Bohun thanked Perth Glory’s Community department for their efforts put into the program, stating the club will “undoubtedly reap benefits down the track.”

“I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge that Glory have been leaders across the league in the Sporting Schools program to date,” de Bohun said.

“Thank you to you (Perth Glory) and your team’s hard work in this space.”

Praise also came from Salvatore Carmusciano, FFA’s National Participation Manager, who singled out the club’s holiday programmes and clinics.

“We’ve been looking at Glory’s holiday programmes and clinics closely, and we can confidently say that the club is leading the way across the nation,” said Carmusciano.

“Congratulations to Callum Salmon (Community and Development Manager) and his team and everyone at Perth Glory.”

The Community department has consistently thrived and continue to grow at the club, and Salmon puts it down to the good work of his team.

“We’re blessed with three full time staff, with Michael Garcia, Steven McGarry, and Steve Purton all involved in the programmes,” Salmon said.

“They have a real passion for football, a high degree of professionalism and a strong commitment to making the programmes an enjoyable learning experience for the kids.

“Our staff are strong positive role models with personality, and that’s the difference the participants receive when working with Perth Glory.

“You won’t find better staff than the ones we have working for us now.”

The Sporting Schools program has visited over 30 primary schools in term 2, from the metropolitan region of Perth, to the rural areas of Western Australia. The program focuses on core techniques, dribbling, passing, shooting, small sided and specific games tailored to learning and having fun in a friendly, football environment.

Salmon was full of praise for Perth Glory stars Josh Risdon and Richard Garcia, who visited Albany with Sporting Schools last month.

“Both of them were excellent,” said Salmon. “They added some amazing feedback to the kids and are total professionals on and off the field.”

“The kids are over the moon and are often overwhelmed by the fun in participating in the schools program.

“It gives them a real opportunity to participate in a dynamic learning environment.”

The Community department also has big plans for Term 3, as Salmon revealed the club has plans to visit more primary schools, as well as disadvantaged and remote areas.

“We’re exploring opportunities with Save the Children, Football Federation Australia, Football West and the Australian Sports Commission to bring the Sporting Schools to rural and remote areas,” Salmon added.

For further details about upcoming programs and clinics, contact the Community department at

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Photography : Ghazarini