Kisses for game as Hugg signs off
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.