In a show of solidarity from the Football family during these unprecedented times has come the news that a number of club facilities across the state have been offered as Mass and Pop-Up Vaccination hubs to assist with the current situation in tackling Covid-19 head on.
With 31 Associations, over 700 clubs and well over 250,000 registered participants, Football has the capacity to reach all members of the community, through its sheer size, reach and networks in the community.
In addition, many of the officials and volunteers at Association and Club level are also leaders in key community organisations including business, commerce, religious and community services.
Given the current crisis, Football NSW received a groundswell of support from members to approach Health Services and offer its assistance in key tasks.
This has entailed in making several facilities available for Mass and Pop-Up Vaccination hubs which could include Football NSW headquarters, namely Valentine Sports Park.
The Mounties Group have also confirmed its offer for various facilities and venues to assist with this fight against Covid-19.
In addition, Football NSW is set to roll out a campaign by various football representatives urging the community to vaccinate via a special video message.
Those featured include former NSW Premier and now Football NSW director Morris Iemma, Mayor of Bankstown City Khal Asfour, former Socceroos coach Les Schienflug, football presenter Mariana Rudan, Football NSW director Stephanie Brantz as well as prominent NSW born footballers and coaches Peter Tsekenis, Jean Paul de Marigny and Alen Stajcic to name a few.
Football NSW has an enormous, culturally diverse playing and volunteer base. Media reports and commentary suggest that language, culture, and misinformation have been significant challenges in dealing with the current crisis and increasing the take up of vaccines.
The vast player and volunteer base of football in CALD communities puts football in a unique position to disseminate accurate and timely information on the need to vaccinate.
The message is clear, as a sport, we are all in this together.
Football NSW is urging everyone to give Covid-19 the boot.
With the support and help of everyone in the football family, it’s a step in the right direction in giving this disease a red card and for many of us, a pathway in getting back to doing the things we love, such as playing the world game.
#FootballAsOne for the betterment of all, fighting Covid-19 together.
Check out the official Football NSW Video Message below.