Western United Bring A-League To Tasmania With New Partnership
est-Victoria based A-League club, Western United, has announced a new partnership with the Tasmanian Government and Football Tasmania.
The partnership will see the club bring A-League football to Tasmania for two home game fixtures at York Park in Launceston during both the 2020/21 and 2021/22 seasons.
Western United CEO, Chris Pehlivanis, said the club is excited to expand into Tasmania, with the partnership also including a women’s exhibition match between Calder United Soccer Club and a local Tasmanian representative team, as well as further community football initiatives.
“We are excited to make Tasmania green and black,” Pehlivanis said.
“We were presented with an opportunity to work with the Tasmanian Government and Football Tasmania to not only showcase Western United’s brand of football, but to bring the A-League to the state.
“The philosophy of Western United has always been to ‘dream big’ and we believe the partnership reflects this.
“The shared values of being self-made and hardworking naturally align both the people from Victoria’s west and the Tasmanian community.
“In addition to growing the game of football at a grassroots level in Tasmania, our ambition is to also work with tourism bodies in Australia to give the industry a much-needed boost after a difficult 2020 and start to 2021 with COVID-19 lockdowns and border closures.
“We see sport as being in the business of entertainment, and entertainment and tourism go hand-in-hand,” he said.
Football Tasmania CEO, Matt Bulkeley, said: “With close to 40,000 participants, football is Tasmania’s most-played team sport and continues to rise in popularity, especially among junior players.”
“The next step in growing the sport in Tasmania is to increase the A-League’s presence, and partnerships like this are integral to maintaining football’s position as Tasmania’s most-played team sport.
“On behalf of the Tasmanian football community, I’d like to thank Western United and the State Government for bringing the A-League back to Tasmania,” Bulkeley said.
To support Western United members who purchased full season memberships, the club has announced it will provide them the opportunity to attend to away games in Victoria against Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City as replacement games for the Tasmania games.