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Call for soccer gear donations

Four people standing next to each other holding soccer gear which is being donated to help seasonal workers play in the social roster.
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Call for soccer gear donations

The Devonport Social Soccer Club is calling for soccer gear donations to support seasonal workers taking part in the roster starting on Sunday, 15 May.

Social Soccer Club member Nick Sallese said the 20-week social soccer roster has attracted players from all over the North-West Coast, including seasonal workers who have not played in the local roster before.

“If anyone has an old pair of soccer boots, shinpads or both, floating around in your cupboards that you or your family don’t need anymore, then we’d love to get our hands on these items,” Mr Sallese said.

“These much-appreciated donations will go towards helping our international friends participate in our social soccer roster.

“These seasonal workers do not come to Tasmania with sports equipment, so we would love to help them out and enjoy a game with other like-minded people.”

Devonport City Council’s Community Development Officer Erin Ford said Council was excited to encourage the community to get behind this initiative and support those new residents that call Devonport home.

“It can be lonely and tough for anyone to be away from home, so through these generous donations our seasonal workers can become part of a sporting community and connect with others, which is really important,” Miss Ford said.

“Playing sport also helps to improve health and well-being so any donations of soccer gear will be strongly appreciated.”

Mr Sallese said the social soccer competition provided an afternoon of fun and exercise to all those who love to play the “world game”.

“We cater for all ages and skill levels, with the social league growing from 40 players three years ago to now 100-plus participants last season. We offer flexible playing options to cater for everyone’s different needs,” Mr Sallese said.

“Any boots and pads, marked ‘Devonport Social Soccer Club’, can be dropped off at the Devonport Strikers Soccer Ground at Valley Road.

“We will organise to distribute the items to players that need them on a Sunday. They will then be collected at the end of the game so they can be used for the following games during the season.”

For further information please contact Nick Sallese at nicksallese@hotmail.com or on 0437 800 033.

Media contact: Tahnia Creedon | Communications and Engagement Officer | Devonport City Council | 03 6424 0562| tcreedon@devonport.tas.gov.au