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!
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!
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)
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!
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It was great to get our work under way on the sub continent this week as our first arrival of football equipment – boots, balls and training gear – arrived in Nagpur, India. Their Beautiful Game has partnered up with Slum Soccer – a nationwide charity football organisation based in India which connects isolated or vulnerable young people living in poverty, helping them to develop life skills such as team work, resilience and leadership. Slum Soccer’s training centres provide safe places free of discrimination, positive role models and and space to enjoy playing football. We look forward to continuing to support Slum Soccer and their social impact projects in the near future!
Matildas and W-League sensation Amy Harrison donated her boots to Their Beautiful Game recently. Amy, who was named Westfield W-League Young Player of the Year in 2014 / 15, took time out of her training schedule to pass on her shooting boots to a player in need! Thanks Amy!
Their Beautiful Game is very pleased to announce that we will be supporting Indigenous footballers and Indigenous football clubs at the Inaugural National Indigenous Football Championships in Nowra on the 4th and 5th November. In fact, we’re so excited, we’ve started packing already!