SBS’s The World Game is reporting that Canberra’s A-League Bid is continuing to gather pace. Ivan Slavich, the bid leader, “claims the Australian Capital Territory is fertile ground for league expansion and his bid should “tick every box” for entry requirement.” There was also a piece in the SMH over the weekend, which can be found here.
I believe that the $6 million required to start the team has been raised and now it seems it’s not a question of if but when. And over $200,000 dollars has been raised from more than 1000 foundation members (including 300 corporate members) for a team that doesn’t yet exist. I guess that is no surprise given the large numbers involved in football here, either directly (18,000+ registered players in Canberra alone) or indirectly (probably 50,000 people if you include parents, families and social players).
I can’t wait to have an A-League team in Canberra. If you want to find out more visit http://www.a-league4canberra.com.au. There are still foundation memberships available too.
By the way, the turn out to W-League games in Canberra has been great – the highest for the competition to date. The next home game is on Saturday Dec 6 at McKellar Park, Belconnen against competition favourites Sydney FC. A-League4Canberra foundation members get in for free. Details at http://www.canberraunited.com.au