Decision Maker Response

Football Federation Australia’s response

Mar 18, 2015 — Hi there, this is Mark Bresciano from the Socceroos and I would like to provide you with an update on the Pararoos.

As you know, in late 2014, the Australian Sports Commission decided to cut funding to our national Paralympic football team, the Pararoos. That means no more training camps, no more tournaments, and no chance of competing at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.

Just like the Socceroos have done for me, the Pararoos provided a pathway for elite athletes to achieve their goals. But for these athletes, it is more than that.

The Pararoos make it possible for footballers with a disability to pull on the green and gold jerseys live their footballing dream and enhance their quality of life.

I have always believed that football is the one and only world game. It is the game that should be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of race, gender or physical ability.

I am determined to see the Pararoos succeed.

That is why I am proud to be an Ambassador for the Pararoos and get behind this truly great Australian team.

Since the Australian Sports Commission’s announcement, FFA has been working behind the scenes to find a way to keep the Pararoos alive and provide a long term, sustainable program.

Today, FFA announced that the Pararoos have established a partnership with the Australian Sports Foundation to raise money through tax deductible donations to help ensure they remain a part of the global football landscape.

By donating just $5 to the Pararoos, you can join with football fans from around the country to help ensure the Pararoos ongoing survival and help many more aspiring footballers with disability continue to achieve their dreams.

The Pararoos will now travel to London to compete at the 2015 CPIRSA World Championships in June, and will have an opportunity to begin their journey towards the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.

Together we can now ensure the Pararoos have the same chance of realising their dreams as other Australian athletes.

You can find out more and donate here – www.asf.org.au/project/go-pararoos

Thank you for your support on behalf of the Pararoos.

#GoPararoos

Mark Bresciano