Liverpool Rangers SC have been announced as the June 2021 recipients of the Superstar Sports Grassroots Football Cash Grants, to be awarded on Friday June 4 at Cucina Galileo.
The $300 grants will be awarded to a grassroots club every three months by a former (or local) player who went on to play at elite levels, including NSL, A-League, W-League, Socceroos and Matildas.
Rangers Junior VP Jason Cunneen, will receive the grant at this Friday’s Football Fraternity Lunch.
The cheque will be presented to Cunneen, by former Southern Districts junior and Socceroo Alex Brosque.
The grants are an initiative of the widely acclaimed Grassroots Football Project, in conjunction with sponsors Superstar Sports and Zenith Football Pathways.
Liverpool Rangers’ president Matt McMah said, “On behalf of Liverpool Rangers Soccer Club, I would like to extend my sincere thanks and appreciation to the Grassroots Football Project, Superstar Sports and Zenith Football Pathways. Liverpool Rangers has always been a club committed to ensuring that football is a sport accessible by all regardless of age, ability or gender. My committee and I have a strong focus on ensuring the game is played in the right spirit with a focus on promoting the love of the game.
“As a grassroots club, we strive to provide the best facilities, environment and equipment for all our players. This grant will allow us to continue to invest in the superstars of tomorrow. We are humbled and honoured to receive this grant and will continue to invest all available resources into our teams and their players. Thank you.”
Established in 1963, Liverpool Rangers is one of the oldest clubs in the Southern Districts Soccer Football Association. The club is based at Ireland Park, Liverpool which is just 2.5km from the Liverpool City Centre and is comprised of 3 full sized fields, 1 mod field and 1 mini field.
The club colours of royal blue and white are inspired by the famous Glasgow Rangers Football Club. Liverpool Rangers offers grassroots football for both male and female players of all ages. With an emphasis on fair play and equality, Liverpool Rangers ensures that all players and club officials provide a fun and inclusive environment so the game is enjoyed by all.
The 2020 season saw players ranging in age from 5 to 65 years of age. Over the years, Liverpool Rangers’ teams have achieved high levels of success with many players progressing to representative soccer.
Some Liverpool Rangers alumni have gone on to play at a professional level both in Australia and overseas. Former Western Sydney Wanderers captain and Socceroo, Mitchell Duke began his playing career with Liverpool Rangers.
Greg Werner, the creator of the Grassroots Football Project added, “What a great club to be awarded from this project. Rangers are a club rich with history and the junior club of Socceroo Mitchell Duke. I’d like to thank our sponsors for their support.
“The recognition of grassroots clubs and the role they play in the game, and in the community is so important.”
Superstar Sports’ Tony Raciti said, “We are proud to be behind these grants. Superstar Sports was established to help cut costs of equipment for my club APIA Leichhardt, but the enquiries from other clubs have been a welcome surprise. It’s time for some serious players in the sportswear market who are focused on helping junior sport, and not milking it.
“Congratulations Liverpool Rangers.”
The “Football Fraternity Lunches” are an initiative of Zenith SEM, and are attended regularly by legends of Australian football, players, coaches, administrators and fans – led by patrons Rale Rasic, Les Scheinflug and Tony Labbozzetta.
*Grassroots Football Project Press Release