BGC Housing Group is proud to announce that they have entered into a 3 year partnership with the West Perth Football Club Women’s Indigenous Program. The Program offers talented women the opportunity to pursue a career in football, creating a huge number of positive benefits for the players, clubs and the community. The partnership will cover fees, uniforms, events, coaching, development, and strength conditioning for players, along with providing access to elite AFLW coaching resources.
“It is my understanding that this is the first partnership of its kind in Western Australia, I am firmly of the view that big business has a corporate responsibility to support community initiatives, and I am extremely proud that BGC Housing Group is involved in such a ground-breaking partnership”, said Michael Bartier, Executive General Manager of BGC Housing Group.
The partnership will afford incredible opportunities for indigenous women, helping to promote positive self-esteem, social interactions and create positive feelings of control. There are a number of mental health benefits associated with being part of a team sport, which may also lead to longer-term health benefits for indigenous players.
By sponsoring the Women’s Indigenous Program, BGC Housing Group is giving talented footballers the chance to shine. Without this opportunity, many indigenous players would not be able to access the playing fees required, with many government support programs no longer covering the costs of participation in team sports once individuals turn 18 years old. West Perth Football Club player Courtney Collard said the partnership will change the lives of many indigenous women who are looking to pursue a career in football.
“This partnership with BGC Housing is a new beginning of a new and exciting chapter for all Indigenous women players at West Perth,” said Ms Collard. This enables the players to enjoy football without that financial difficult, by breaking down that barrier that gives the women an opportunity to grow and further their career towards AFLW.”
With AFLW continuing to enjoy strong growth and support as more and more women and supporters join forces both on and off the field, being part of such an important growing chapter of women’s AFLW history in WA is extraordinarily inspiring.
“Together we have a genuine opportunity to lead the construction industry in the empowerment and development of female talent in Western Australia, and clearly show that there is no role in our industry in which women cannot excel, ” said Michal Bartier.