Western Sydney came together as one for the NRMA Insurance Western Sydney Wanderers FC’s inaugural Harmony Game on Saturday March 23 when they drew 1-1 with arch rivals Sydney FC in a sold out local derby at Parramatta Stadium.
Western Sydney came together as one for the NRMA Insurance Western Sydney Wanderers FC-s inaugural Harmony Game on Saturday March 23 when they drew 1-1 with arch rivals Sydney FC in a sold out local derby at Parramatta Stadium.
“As a club we were thrilled with our first ever harmony game. The crowd supporting both teams was wonderfully diverse and the night showcased the joy of football and its power to bring people together,” Lyall Gorman, Western Sydney Wanderers FC CEO said.
“Our sincere thanks to Football Federation Australia-s Harmony through Football Program, the Federal government and Sydney FC for their assistance with the night.”
Western Sydney Wanderers FC-s Harmony Game featured Harmony Day Orange crowd giveaways, Wanderers player messages on the big screen in different languages, a volunteer flag march that displayed the many colours of Western Sydney and an awe inspiring version of “We are Australians” led by Maltese Australian singer Laura Vella & Penny Pedigrew.
Sydney FC joined the harmony spirit with Star player and first goal scorer Alessandro Del Piero sporting a harmony themed orange wristband.
Before the game the Parramatta Stadium outside precinct came to life with African drummers and a DJ who came together with the drumming squad from the RBB fan club.
Western Wanderers FC-s Harmony Game is part of Football Federation Australia-s Harmony through Football Program proudly supported by the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport, SBS, Department of Immigration and Citizenship and Red Elephant Projects.
Harmony Day is Australia-s annual celebration of Cultural Diversity and is celebrated on March 21 with this year-s theme being ‘Many Stories - One Australia. We all make up the pages of a bigger Australia and we all have a story to tell.-