Former Brighton and Hove Albion FC midfielder David Clarkson has joined Western United to work with the club on building its presence and connection with the community in Tasmania.
Clarkson, who played football in the United Kingdom and Hong Kong as well as in the National Soccer League will play a major role in identifying talent in Tasmania for Western United.
“David grew up in Tasmania and was heavily involved in the bid for Tasmania to have an A-League team a few years ago and we are delighted to have him as part of our team,” Western United CEO Chris Pehlivanis said.
“David will work with Football Tasmania and the Tasmanian State Government to develop pathways with Elite Talent participants in Tasmania to Western United academy and elite programs. He will also assist with the engagement of key stakeholders and drive commercial opportunities in Tasmania.”
Western United is set to play two home games in Launceston on April 17 and April 22 against Central Coast Mariners and the Wellington Phoenix.
“Having played all of my junior football in Tasmania, I am in a unique position to understand the challenges and opportunities of the sport in the state,” Clarkson said.
“I am really excited about this project and I would like to thank Chris Pehlivanis and the Board for giving me the opportunity of working with the club.
“I would also like to thank the Tasmanian Government in particular, Premier Peter Gutwein and Sports Minister Jane Howlett for their vision of bringing A-League football and also a women’s exhibition match between Calder United and a Tasmanian representative team to the wonderful state of Tasmania.
“I look forward to working with Football Tasmania CEO Matt Bulkeley as we continue to grow the state’s most played team sport and also creating a clear and sustainable pathway for boys and girls to follow their dreams of playing football at the highest level with WUFC’s academy and elite programs.”
“I see this as a wonderful opportunity for all Tasmanians to embrace WUFC as their own. I look forward to seeing you all at UTAS stadium on the 17th and 22nd of April for what is sure to be a celebration of the “beautiful game” in our beautiful state.”
The pass includes tickets to both matches plus VIP access to the family fun day, and club supporter membership and merchandise pack.
For all the details on the festival head to wufcfof.com.au today.