Western United Football Club and the City of Greater Geelong are delighted to announce a partnership to promote A-League football in the city and to bring tourism to the region.
The partnership is an important one, as both organisations work together to further cement the team’s connection within the Geelong region as well as bringing people to the city to enjoy a day at the football – giving a boost to the local economy.
“We are extremely excited to partner with the City Of Greater Geelong to grow the game of football in the region,” said Director of Football Steve Horvat.
“Geelong will go down in history as the place where Western United played its first-ever home game and we want to continue to have an ongoing relationship.
“We have created a real home ground feel at GMHBA and this partnership will continue to develop that for both the players and fans.
“Even though we will have a home stadium up the highway in the Western suburbs, Geelong will always play an important part of our identity and as a key talent catchment area.
“There are thousands of registered players in Greater Geelong, and by having an elite A-League and eventually a W-League team in the region, it will continue the sports growth and create a pathway for girls and boys to follow their dreams,” concluded Horvat.
Western United represent both the suburbs of Melbourne’s west and the western region of Victoria including Geelong and the Bellarine peninsula.
The club played a practice match at GMHBA Stadium in December before hosting the A-League season opener against Adelaide United on December 28 at the same venue.
The team will face Perth Glory this weekend in Geelong on Saturday January 23. The match will be Perth’s second of the season after a delayed start due to Covid-19 related fixture changes.
The original 2020/2021 A-League season fixture had slated five home games in Geelong for the Green and Black, however due to the changing Covid-19 situation, two of those fixtures have been postponed until later in the year.