Perth Glory and Save the Children are excited to announce the launch of the “Grassroots to Glory” program. The joint initiative will make 5,000 free junior memberships available for Perth Glory’s first 3 home games in the 2014/15 Hyundai A-League season to children under the age of 12 – in particular young children from disadvantaged and refugee communities.

The program, implemented jointly by Perth Glory and Save the Children, will focus on engaging children in the game in WA and using positive role models to encourage participation in football and the broader community in Western Australia.

“Grassroots to Glory” is one the first of a number of programs to be established under the Club’s new partnership with Save the Children, Australia’s largest aid and development agency dedicated to helping, protecting and supporting children in need. Under the partnership, Perth Glory’s players, management and Community Department will also work closely with Save the Children in many of their Perth metropolitan and regional community programs.

“I think we’ve all seen over the first weeks of the FIFA World Cup what a powerful sport football is in uniting people from different cultures and backgrounds,” Perth Glory’s Head of Community, Callum Salmon said.

“This initiative with Save the Children will benefit young children from a range of different backgrounds in Perth and Western Australia. In particular it will give young children from disadvantaged and refugee communities the opportunity to play football and get involved first-hand with Perth Glory and its players as well as coming to some of our A-League games.”

“Save the Children are proud to be part of this wonderful initiative. This partnership between Perth Glory and Save the Children will give children the great opportunity to attend these games. Sport, and in particular football, is such a great way to bring people together, to engage communities who otherwise might be isolated, and to make a very real difference with vulnerable children,” Save the Children WA State Manager Glyn Davies said.

The “Grassroots to Glory” program will also be extended across the Club’s other existing charity partnerships including Parkerville Children and Youth Care who protect and care for the most vulnerable children and youth in our community and to Therapy Focus who provide therapy and support services to Western Australian children and young people with a disability or learning disadvantage.

Sign up for “Grassroots to Glory” membership: HERE