In what has turned out to be 6 months of planning and hard work, we were amazed to see donations finally arrive for the girls of Shimshal FC – located in a remote village in the mountains on the Pakistan, Afghanistan and Chinese border. This wasn’t easy! Shimshal is geographically and logistically isolated. It is only in recent years that women and girls have begun playing football, so it’s fantastic for us to be able to support their programs – providing boots, balls and trainers for them to use on the pitch. As always, thanks to everyone who donated!
Thanks to Michael Thwaite of Western Sydney Wanderers for donating his Nike Magistas! The boots were passed on to 21 year old Grace, a homeless refugee from Ethiopia who takes part in The Big Issue’s Street Soccer program each Monday. The Street Soccer Program provides a safe space for Sydney’s homeless to meet up with friends, play football and grab something to eat and drink each week – a fantastic community initiative and good work all round!
Back in January (yes we know its now April…give us a break we’ve been busy!) we were very honoured to play a very small part in Australian football history by donating the kits to the National Indigenous Football Teams for their games against New Zealand. Their Beautiful Game provided the mens and women’s teams with kits, boots, balls, tracksuits and training tops, ensuring they had everything they needed to travel, train and play. As always, thanks to everyone who donated, sponsors Lendlease and all our volunteers on the day. A great way to see football making a positive social impact.
Whilst our work focusses on providing underprivileged and marginalised communities with the things they need to play football, sometimes there is a more meaningful outcome. We recently donated boots and balls from Jinja, Uganda, who have recovered from being inflicted with Jiggers – a tropical parasitic disease which eats at the flesh through the feet up. We partnered up with Sole Hope who work with people suffering from the disease which can lead to gangrene, amputation and even death. Balls and boots were sent to footballers in Jinja who have recovered and in their own words, “Can now finally play again!” We will be sure to send more football equipment to Uganda in the coming months. Thanks to everyone who helped make a positive social impact!
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Huge thanks to the team from Deloitte who came to work with TBG in a morning of reviewing, evaluating and strategic planning. Each year Deloitte employees work with a number of not for profits through their skilled volunteering program on #impactday – helping them to improve their work practices and reach their objectives. It was a great opportunity for us to reflect on how far we’ve come in such a short space of time in so many different areas (see attached photo) and exciting too, to plan for the future! Thanks to Vikram, Louise, Jamie, Liam and James from Deloitte Sydney!
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It was a great privilege for us to once again attend the National Indigenous Football Championships and show our support for Aboriginal footballers from across Australia. 16 teams took part in the 4 day event, with football clinics held for Indigenous youngsters to help them develop their skills! Their Beautiful Game is proud to partner with NIFC by donating boots, balls, shin pads, goal keeper and training equipment to any of the players taking part in the tournament. As always, thanks to everyone who donated, and to the traditional owners of the land for their special welcome!
Earlier this year we received an email from The Big Issue Street Soccer Program asking if we could help kit their team out when they played in the Homeless Football World Cup in Oslo, Norway. So…we went to work ensuring that the players and coaching staff had everything they needed to take part in the 48 team tournament, providing brand new Australia kits and training tops, brand new boots, brand new Australia tracksuits and new footballs for the team to train with whilst they were away. It was a great privilege for us to be a small part of the wonderful experience for the 8 homeless players and staff from across Australia, and a great way to once again make a strong social impact through football. Thanks to everyone who donated!
(Photos Anita Miles)
The bags are filled and ready to go! Their Beautiful Game is kitting out the Street Socceroos when they travel to play in the Homeless World Cup in Oslo next week @homelessworldcup Brand new Australia kit ✅Brand new Australia tracksuit and training top ✅ Brand new @concavefootball boots ✅Brand new @pass_a_ball ball for each player✅…and brand new @petr247gk gloves for the keeper ✅The team is going to look 🤙 Good luck!