Western United has announced they have signed a partnership with the City of Greater Geelong to promote A-League football in the city, as well as bringing tourism to the region.
“We are extremely excited to partner with the City Of Greater Geelong to grow the game of football in the region,” said WUFC Director of Football Steve Horvat.
“Geelong will go down in history as the place where Western United played its first-ever home game and we want to continue to have an ongoing relationship.
“We have created a real home ground feel at GMHBA and this partnership will continue to develop that for both the players and fans.
“Even though we will have a home stadium up the highway in the Western suburbs, Geelong will always play an important part of our identity and as a key talent catchment area.
“There are thousands of registered players in Greater Geelong, and by having an elite A-League and eventually a W-League team in the region, it will continue the sports growth and create a pathway for girls and boys to follow their dreams,” concluded Horvat.
Greater Geelong Mayor Stephanie Asher said Western United had quickly become a significant part of the local sporting landscape.
“Western United is our home A-League team and they’ve done a great job engaging with the local community during their short history so far,” she said.
“Every Western United game in Geelong attracts visitors to our city and brings national TV exposure, while helping to build local participation in the sport of football.
“This partnership cements the club’s relationship with the city and will bring benefits for the club and our local economy.”
The club opened their season at GMHBA Stadium against Adelaide United, with the match finishing 0-0.
They will face Perth Glory tomorrow in Geelong.