Wanderers nominated for Community Engagement Award

Wanderers have been nominated in a number of categories in the annual FFDU Fan Awards.

The NRMA Insurance Western Sydney Wanderers have been nominated in a number of categories in the annual Football Fans Down Under Fan Awards.

Having won both Community Engagement Club of the Year and Stadium Experience of the Year last season, the Club has been nominated in both those categories again while a number of players are up for individual awards.

The awards, now in its fourth year, are Australia-s biggest fan-voted football awards in the country.

As a club run for the people of Western Sydney, being in the running for Community Engagement Club of the Year is a huge honour for the Wanderers.

Throughout the past year the Wanderers have been involved in a variety of community programs to give back to the region by making a difference in the Western Sydney community both in a football and a societal sense.

In 2013/14 the Wanderers ran 130 free school clinics for children between the ages of 5 and 14 as well as 300 player appearances at cultural festivals, council initiatives and fundraisers for grassroots and elite clubs in the area.

Other programs are put in place too for those in need, such as the University of Western Sydney Wander Act which sees a number of sub-programs underneath it including the Wanderer Rock and Water Initiative, Wanderers Literacy Program & Two Halves Program.

These initiatives include a pathway program to help students-in-need discover direction in school & life as well as other programs which are aimed at aiding football in schools with high refugee intakes and also eliminating the effects of bullying in schools.

In other awards, Matthew Spiranovic, Tomi Juric, Ante Covic, Mateo Poljak and Shinji Ono have been nominated for A-League Footballer of the Year while Emily van Egmond, Catherine Cannuli and Kyah Simon are in the running for Female Footballer of the Year.

Regular contributor to our match day programme, Josh Bennett, has also received a nomination in the Young Football Writer of the Year (Under 25) category.

Voting closes on 4 April 2014 and you can vote by clicking here.

Image Credit: Footy Fans Down Under