Family-friendly fun on offer for Western United’s Ballarat blitz

Western United when they played in Melbourne Newcastle Jets in Ballarat on 11 November.

Soccer fans and sport lovers in general are being encouraged to get behind Western United FC during an action-packed month of A-League Men in Ballarat.

Western United is playing three matches in Ballarat in less than a month, having gone down 0-1 against Newcastle Jets at Mars Stadium almost two weeks ago.

Looking ahead, Western United will now host Adelaide United on 26 November and Wellington Phoenix on 2 December, both at Mars Stadium.

Families and community sporting clubs are the main focus of the Ballarat matches, with opportunities for attendees to win special prizes through the Unite and WIN promotion.

On arrival at each match, fans simply place an entry into the Unite and WIN chest and nominate their community club. The club with the most entries at the end of the third match will win the major prize of a Teqball table (think table tennis mixed with soccer) valued at $3000.

As a bonus, one lucky fan will win a signed home jersey at each match, with the winner announced during the half-time break.  There will also be giveaways and player appearances at the Unite and WIN activation before each match.

Children aged 16 and under can also get free entry to these matches by registering for a Liberty Pass, which also entitles free entry to all A-Leagues Women matches.  

Parents simply need to register their children for the 2023/24 Liberty Pass on the A-Leagues website and select Western United as their favourite A-Leagues team. The kids will receive a digital pass within a few days, then scan the ticket at the Mars Stadium gate to gain free entry.

City of Ballarat Mayor, Cr Des Hudson said he was proud of the City’s close relationship with Western United and encouraged people to get behind the green and black.

“It is fantastic to once again welcome Western United back to Ballarat and we treasure every time they play in Ballarat, both the women and the men," he said.

“It sounds like a fantastic offering for families at Mars Stadium and I encourage everyone to head along and watch Australia’s best soccer players in action.”

Western United director of football, Steve Horvat said the club valued its relationship with the City of Ballarat.

“We have felt the strong support of the Ballarat community since our first season, and we love playing in front of all the Ballarat fans as part of our home in the west of Victoria,” he said.  

“We have lots to enjoy with a pre-match clinic, competitions and prizes to be won on matchday, so it’s an amazing day out for the whole family and we always love to see so many young kids in the west supporting the Green and Black.  

“We’re looking forward to two more big games in the next two weeks and we’re excited to continue working with the Ballarat community in the future.”