#Impact Day with Deloitte

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!

 

TBG @ The 2017 NIFC

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!

 

   

TBG @ The Homeless World Cup.

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)

TBG @ The Homeless World Cup.

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!

 

One of our favourite photos

One of our favourite photos, and certainly the photo we get the most comments about, is the image above. It captures everything that Their Beautiful Game is about – a boy with his ball, home made goals on a makeshift pitch, the white wall behind splattered with marks. The photo was taken as we were on our way to running an afternoon coaching session with Nimobi FC – a girl’s football club in a slum district of Accra, Ghana in 2012. As we walked through the backstreets we came across the boy who was playing with a ball that was missing panels, others loosely re-stitched to hold it together, the leather completely worn and scuffed. We watched as he played with the ball, dribbling past imaginary defenders before shooting into the small goals made with a mixture of wood and concrete piping. Sometimes he scored, sometimes he missed, but for all intents and purposes as far as he was concerned, he could’ve been playing at the Nou Camp, Wembley or the Maracana. After we’d finished our coaching session, we walked back the way we’d come and even though it was early evening, the boy was still there, the dribbling still happening, the goal still standing, the ball still somehow miraculously functioning. We had a few balls of our own, so we asked him if he would like one. It was one of many magical moments that we’ve had at Their Beautiful Game as the boy told us that he’d never had a “real ball” before. As a street child, he slept behind the wall in the photo, which is a derelict building with no roof that backs out onto wasteland. He talked us through how he’d built the goals – where he’d found the materials, how he repairs them and keeps his pitch free of as much debris as possible. He then asked if he could have his photo taken and have us show it to him. He stood proudly in front of his goals. Ball at his feet. He saw the image on the screen of the digital camera (the first time he’d had his picture taken), but we were never able to get a photograph back to him. Hopefully he’s still using the ball, and scoring the kind of goals that dreams are made of.

TBG in Zimbabwe.

Another country to add to the ever growing list! TBG recently donated a range of equipment to the Sizinda Secondary School, located in remote central Zimbabwe, via Maarten Planager who was visiting his homeland from Sydney. The school lacks basic infrastructure and resources, but Maarten contacted TBG to ask if he and his family could take some of the donations we receive to pass on to the students there and their football team. As with many communities and we support, “football is life” and the photos provide a fascinating insight into the various environments and landscapes in which people play, as well as the social impact that donations can make. Huge thank you to Maarten and his team…and congratulations on a job well done!

Are you travelling to a developing nation and would like to donate some football equipment to players in need of boots, balls or team strips? Contact us here

 

 

TBG & Slum Soccer.

One of the main aims at Their Beautiful Game is to provide ongoing, long term support to our charity partners. Slum Soccer, based in Nagpur, Central India, provides a safe place for street children to meet friends and play football..and let’s face it, what is more heart warming than that? The off season might be dragging on, but the football doesn’t stop @Slum Soccer who recently took receipt of the second delivery of boots, balls and team strips from Their Beautiful Game, with the partnership aiming to ensure that each child who takes part in Slum Soccer programs has their own pair of boots and ball to play with.

Supporter Of The Month: May 2017.

Supporter of the Month for May 2017 goes to Sydney Grammar Prep School who collected 100 pairs of boots and $350 to donate to Their Beautiful Game! Great work by the Year 4, 5 and 6 students and their teacher Steve Lupton! The boots collected and money raised will go to supporting a range football projects across the developing world.