There’s plenty of mouthwatering matches in the eleventh round of the Women’s Premier League, but one game in particular stands out as both teams come together for more than a win on Sunday afternoon.
Wallsend FC announced earlier this year they had signed a new Community Partnership agreement with Life Without Barriers, an organisation that celebrates the abilities of individuals. Now, the Red Devils are set to host the Life Without Barriers Cup when they face New Lambton at The Gardens this weekend.
Both sides are looking to raise money to support the LWB organisation, and Wallsend club secretary Mark Noble said the partnership “means a lot” to the hosting club as it strives to celebrate the value of inclusion.
“We believe this community partnership agreement with Life Without Barriers allows the club the opportunity to bring the greatest game in the world to people who may not have been given the opportunity play or be involved in,” he said.
“In deciding on an opponent to play the Life Without out Barriers Cup, New Lambton caught our eye as they, like Wallsend FC WPL are a community minded club. When New Lambton were asked to become involved in the Cup, they did not hesitate.”
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The charity clash will be much more than just a match at The Gardens, with other activities like a jumping castle, market stalls, snow cones, fairy floss, and the junior soccer players walking the teams onto the field for the WPL game.
The Life Without Barriers band will also be on hand to play three sets, a dance troop will perform dances, and a cheerleader squad will be cheering the player onto the field on Sunday. All three groups of performers will be LWB participants.
“It’s shaping up to be the biggest regular season fixture in the Women’s Premier League yet,” Noble said.
The first grade kick-off between Wallsend and New Lambton has been pushed back to 2:45pm to make room for the LWB event activities.