Another A League Player Joins Our Family…

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!

A Piece Of Football History.

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.

A Bit More Than Football…

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!

#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.