Words: Michael Flynn | Image: Gold Coast City FC
Gold Coast City FC is pleased to announce it has partnered with Good Football to help spread the joy and hope of the beautiful game in disadvantaged communities.
Good Football is a Gold Coast-based social enterprise that gives one football to children in need for every football they sell.
The organisation prides itself on working with ethical partners and has a strong focus on engaging isolated indigenous communities across Australia in addition to working internationally.
Through the new partnership, Gold Coast City will donate football apparel to Good Football and help to raise awareness of their mission by including the company’s logo on the men’s kit for the remainder of their Westfield FFA Cup campaign.
Good Football is headed by passionate Gold Coast local footballer Shane Primrose, who plays for Palm Beach Soccer Club, the whole owners of Gold Coast City FC.
To date, Good Football has donated over $20,000 worth of footballs around the world through their charity partners and aims to further extend their impact in future.
Primrose said he was delighted to have the support of Gold Coast City FC in his organisation's mission to deliver positive community impacts through football.
“We recognise the power that football has to bring fulfilment and happiness into people’s lives and we want to share that with as many people as possible,” he explained.
“Our mission is to do as much good a possible for the wider community through football. In addition to working with our partner indigenous programs we have also sent footballs to South-East Asia, Africa and Fiji.”
“We saw the benefit of working with Gold Coast City and together engage the community behind this initiative.”
Primrose also explained that Good Football is dedicated to working with fair trade partners to ensure their footballs are manufactured to a standard that minimises impacts on the environment and doesn’t exploit workers.
“We believe our work should be as ethical as possible. There is no net gain in giving a ball to a disadvantaged child if there is a child being exploited and doing the stitching at the start of the supply chain.”
“There are a lot of concerns with the production of footballs in the world. We want to make sure we are using appropriate and sustainable materials and that workers are not being exploited.”
Gold Coast City Director of Operations, Joel Mulvenney, said the partnership is evidence that clubs of all sizes can have a meaningful impact on the world game.
“Gold Coast City is inspired by Good Football’s mission and eager to assist. We believe our club can help raise awareness of this great initiative and hopefully see it extend its reach further in future.”
He added, “Our football club is like many others in that it is staffed and supported by people that fell in love with this great game and are aware of its power to change lives.”
“There is something simple and pure in having a kick around with your mates. But while you can use almost anything to mark out a goal you simply can’t have a kick without a football.”
“Hopefully plenty of kids doing it tough will benefit physically and psychologically from having a good quality football at their feet through Good Football,” Mulvenney concluded.
Learn more about Good Football at their website - https://www.goodfootball.com.au/