Aussie Celtics follow in a proud tra­di­tion

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Sport -

WHEN Celtic Aus­tralis FC steps out to­gether on the soc­cer field, they are sup­port­ing each other and dis­ad­van­taged WA fam­i­lies.

The new soc­cer club has com­mit­ted to donat­ing 10 per cent of its spon­sor­ship in­come to Food­bank WA, which is based in Welsh­pool.

Celtics Aus­tralis FC chair­man Paul Kelly said the club’s fo­cus in its first year had been to build strong val­ues and a cul­ture aligned with the orig­i­nal Celtic FC es­tab­lished in Glas­gow in 1888.

“A few of our play­ers are life­long Celtic fans,” Kelly said.

“The orig­i­nal club was formed with the idea of pro­vid­ing support for peo­ple af­fected by poverty.

“There are many fam­i­lies strug­gling to make ends meet, so when we formed Celtics Aus­tralis, it seemed nat­u­ral to adopt the same prin­ci­ples of pro­vid­ing re­lief from poverty.”

Mid­fielder Chris McGar­vey dons the Food­bank logo on his jersey dur­ing a match.

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