Football making its mark
AUSTRALIAN rules football is kicking goals on both the sporting and economic fields.
A study into the economic and social benefits of local football to the WA community found every job created by football led to another job being created in the community.
The study was completed by ACIL Allen for the WA Football Commission.
It found WA football created more than $220 million in economic benefits to WA and spent $110 million, including almost $16 million on supplies and services.
The equivalent of more than 1400 full-time jobs were created in WA by football in areas such as health, catering, cleaning, photography and grounds management.
The study also looked at the social benefits of football.
It found that being part of a football club gave participants the equivalent of $3000 worth of social benefits in areas such as mental and physical health and personal well-being.
WAFC chief executive Gavin Taylor said being part of a footy club was about more than the game each weekend.
“We’ve always known the benefits of footy go beyond being a great game to play and watch,” he said.
“Now we have the research and findings to confirm this.”