Football West has announced the launch of its new charity, the Football Futures Foundation.
Arriving during a game-changing period for football in Western Australia, the charity will support, mentor and invest in people from diverse and priority backgrounds through football. These people include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and those disadvantaged through economic, cultural, social, health or educational factors.
Leading the charity is former Perth Glory owner and experienced businessman Nick Tana, who has been appointed by Football West as the Foundation’s inaugural chair.
It will be Tana’s first official involvement in anything football-related since he relinquished his Perth Glory licence to Football Australia in 2006, following 11 hugely successful years at the helm of the two-times national champions.
“I am genuinely excited to be the chairman of Football Futures Foundation, a charity which will have a positive impact in the most in-need areas of society in Western Australia,” Tana said.
“My time at Perth Glory was special and it was great to share that adventure with so many people. But leading Football Futures Foundation is an even more exciting opportunity.
“It is a fantastic privilege to know you can help change people’s lives for the better. Which is why I am calling on leaders in business and Government to get involved with Football Futures Foundation so together we can make a difference.”
Football West Chairman Sherif Andrawes was delighted to announce Tana as the Foundation’s Chairman.
“It is an honour to have Nick on board to lead the Foundation from day one,” he said.
“He is a person who helped change the landscape of WA football, so it is only fitting that he is at the forefront of a venture of this magnitude.
“There has never been a better time to be involved in football in Western Australia. We have worked hard to secure the State Football Centre and the Women’s World Cup in Perth in 2023. And with the establishment of the Football Futures Foundation, we are creating a legacy for Western Australian football.
“It is about making a difference and ensuring people get the chance to improve their physical and mental health, or are not left behind in terms of education or miss out on job opportunities simply because of who they are or where they are from.”