Foot­ball mak­ing its mark

Cockburn Gazette - - SPORT -

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.”

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