Bailie Hits the Ground Running with Football Futures Foundation
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Bailie Hits the Ground Running with Football Futures Foundation

18 June 2024
From the first whistle, Bailie’s work placement with Football Futures Foundation was packed with action and excitement. Immersed in the hustle and bustle of setting up and packing down for an important event, Bailie enthusiastically blew up inflatables and assisted on-court during kids' football games.

The event brought together children from Telethon Speech and Hearing and Football Futures Foundation’s iLeague for a day of fun and football, featuring special appearances by AC Milan legends Franco Baresi, Daniele Massaro, and Serginho.

Jokingly saying, "I don't know what I'm doing, but I like doing it," Bailie’s genuine enthusiasm and honesty were well-received by everyone involved. His love for movement and familiarity with football made his experience even more enjoyable.

Bailie’s rapport with the kids was particularly special. With a nephew the same age as the participants, he quickly formed friendships and had a blast. After all, there’s nothing wrong with having a bit of fun at work!

The Employment Buddy Program, a partnership between Rise and Essential Personnel, empowers young people with disability to explore their dream career paths through hands-on experience and skill-building. Bailie’s experience was one of two work placements being undertaken as part of the program.

Art Hiemstra, Football Futures Foundation, Programs & Operations Manager was thrilled to have Bailie on board. "Having Bailie with us was fantastic. Football Futures is all about giving young people opportunities, and Bailie was great to work with." Bailie was very ‘on the ball’, and Art stated they would be excited to welcome more students like him.

Ethan DeRosa (Rise) with Art Hiemstra (Football Futures Foundation)

Founded in 2021 as the charity partner of Football West, Football Futures Foundation is dedicated to leverage the power of football to support, mentor and invest in people from diverse backgrounds.

They enable individuals facing economic, cultural, social, health, or educational disadvantage to better their lives through football. Their commitment to inclusivity is upheld through programs like the iLeague and Football For All which aim to make football accessible for people of all abilities in the community.

If you're inspired by their work and want to learn more or get involved, reach out to hello@footballfutures.org.au


Want to learn more about the Employment Buddy Program?

If you know of any employer who may be interested in learning more about this initiative, or any young people with disability aged 15-24 who may benefit from the program, don't hesitate to reach out.

Prospective organisations: Katie Williams, on 0418 363 483 or katie.williams@risenetwork.com.au
Prospective candidates: Lukas Murphy, on 0460 022 058 or lukas@essentialpersonnel.org.au

Find out more about the Employment Buddy Program on our website here.

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