Not the Footy Show has received two emails in the last 48 hours from concerned fans of Football in Western Australia. The emails contained similar content asking us what the role of Football West was in terms of promoting the game; Guys you could check on their website. However on receiving the latest edition of the governing body’s official e-newsletter “First Touch” our emailers were more than a little confused.
Having attached a copy to each email we note that the whole edition is promoting the start of the Hyundai A league and the privately owned Perth Glory.
To be fair to Football West their constitution does state under section 1.1 subsection F that the duty of the organisation is “to promote, provide for, regulate and manage Football tournaments and games in the State;” So there would appear to be nothing wrong in them promoting the privately owned Perth Glory. However as an organisation that has had to find the funding to run the Perth Glory W League team as the A League club withdrew funding one would have hoped that a nominal fee was charged for access to their data base and such publicity was not handed over free of charge or for a handful of free VIP tickets. (It should be noted that CEO Peter Hugg did manage to find the funding and no doubt fans of the Women’s game will be glad that he did).
What is most distressing to our correspondents and also us is that this weekend sees the Football West run All Flags State Premier League finals being played, as well as the reserves and under 18s finals, yet there is no mention of these. Then on Sunday it is Cup Finals for the following competitions: Metropolitan, Women’s, Masters, Sunday Reserves and Sunday Amateur competitions, again no promotion.
Surely all of these clubs who pay fees to Football West have a right to expect the governing body to promote their showpiece games ahead of a privately owned concern, is that really not too much to ask?
A sample of the newsletter is attached below.