Macarthur FC has announced its support for Boots For All, a national organisation which aims to dissolve barriers to sports participation by collecting and distributing quality, new and near-new sporting equipment.
The organisation has been distributing items to those in need since its launch in 2006.
A Boots for All donation station has been set up at the club's Experience Store at Macarthur Square, and members, fans and local grassroots players are encourged to donate their boots to the collection box.
Macarthur FC midfielder Charles M'Mombwa and club chairman Gino Marra recently attended a ceremony with NSW Minister for SportGeoff Lee, Speaker of the House Jonathan O'Dea and Football NSW chief executive Stuart Hodge at New South Wales Parliament House to launch the program in the state.
Speaking at the event, M'Mombwa said it was important to support organisations like Boots for All in assisting to achieve their goal in helping less fortunate members of our community.
"Sport is a great way to be active and socialise with friends, but without the proper equipment you can easily not feel part of the team and fit in," he said.
"To have an organisation dedicated to providing less fortunate members of our community with quality sporting equipment is fantastic."
Marra said of the announcement Macarthur FC was honoured to be the first A-League club supporting Boots for All, and looked forward to providing even more community assistance through the Macarthur FC Foundation.
"Every weekend across our region over 30,000 locals participate in community football," he said. "This is a great opportunity for not only our members and fans, but our community to give back to those less fortunate."
Ross said Boots for All was delighted to partner with Macarthur FC.
"Boots For All has had great success out of Victoria in helping those in need and many First Nations community groups to access sporting goods, in particular, footy boots and are now keen to replicate this momentum here in Sydney and greater NSW,' he said.
For more information on the initiative, visit: www.bootsforall.org.au