Soccer fans are in for some fancy footwork when Geraldton hosts a National Premier League WA game at the re-developed Wonthella Oval later this year.
In Geraldton today, Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies announced that Sorrento would play the Perth Glory NPL team (reserves team) for an in-season fixture in Geraldton, during the 2017 season.
"As part of the Liberal National Government's Country Sport Enrichment Scheme, Football West has received $10,000 towards hosting a premier league game in the Mid-West," Ms Davies said.
"This funding will bring two teams, which are part of Perth's top soccer league, to play in Geraldton and it is an opportunity not only to see a professional game close to home but it offers an opportunity to develop the sport locally."
The Country Sport Enrichment Scheme offers support and assistance to take international, national and approved State league competitions and contests to regional Western Australia.
More than 3,200 players participated in soccer in Geraldton last year, with more than 120 four to six-year-olds in the MiniRoos Kick Off program.
"It would be nice to think that watching this game might also inspire a future Perth Glory player, Socceroo or Matilda to kick a ball and take to the pitch," the Minister said.
"It is fitting that Sorrento will participate in this event as they have several players in their squad that originated in Geraldton, and this will allow them to showcase their skills in their home town and inspire the next generation of local players."
The visiting teams will also take part in a community engagement program which will include clinics for junior players plus coaching and refereeing workshops.
Football West will conduct workshops for junior and senior players, coaches and referees in the lead up to the match.
Ms Davies said developing sport in regional towns and centres was an important part of the work that the Department of Sport and Recreation does from its 11 regional offices.
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