Kisses for game as Hugg signs off

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

OUT­GO­ING Foot­ball West chief ex­ec­u­tive Peter Hugg says the po­si­tion of the sport in WA has never been bet­ter.

Hugg an­nounced his res­ig­na­tion from the role last week af­ter six years at the post.

In his time at Foot­ball West, the or­gan­i­sa­tion has seen an in­crease in rev­enue from $3.8 mil­lion to a record $6.4 mil­lion, while player reg­is­tra­tions have grown by 10,000 to 42,000.

Hugg said there were sev­eral rea­sons why the sport had grown so much, in­clud­ing the strength of the cur­rent na­tional teams.

“We have qual­i­fied for three World Cups in a row and things such as the EPL and World Cup and Cham­pi­ons League is now get­ting on TV,” he said.

“It is also recog­nised as a sport that is safe and en­joy­able for young kids.

“I think over­all the po­si­tion of the sport has never been bet­ter.

“We have more play­ers play­ing the game and more fi­nan­cial sup­port, more peo­ple em­ployed and more foot­ball on TV and in the me­dia than ever be­fore.”

He even said the movie Bend it Like Beck­ham has been big in terms of at­tract­ing girls to the game.

Hugg said there was a raft of big achieve­ments since he started in 2010.

“The suc­cess and tran­si­tion of Perth Glory women to the W-League, some ini­tia­tives in so­cial and new me­dia ar­eas, in­clud­ing the web­site and on­line videos, plus the growth in num­bers and in­crease in rev­enue,” he said.

He said the Soc­ceroos com­ing to Perth last year was a ma­jor suc­cess and bring­ing them back is on the radar as part of the plan into the fu­ture.

Peter Hugg.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.