Recently City Housing joined up with PSR, Community Networks and Wellington Phoenix to introduce some of our younger tenants to the world of football.
PSR have been working closely with the Phoenix for some time. This year alone they liaised with local schools resulting in approximately 500 kids and their families experiencing one of their games. This is an experience that PSR and the Phoenix were keen to extend directly to our social housing tenants.
Very generously the Wellington football team put on two buses to and from their first game of the season and gave out 100 tickets to the children and their families. They were also given snacks and Phoenix souvenirs.
For many of these children it was their first visit to the stadium and the first time they’d seen a professional football game. They loved it!
As a further part of this initiative Mayor Justin Lester presented four free season tickets to the Win family, who live in one of City Housing’s apartments.
“Football is the world’s most inclusive game and we want as many Wellingtonians as possible to be cheering the home team,” the Mayor says.
“Sometimes ticket prices can be a barrier to people on lower incomes and it’s great that the Phoenix recognise this and have donated these tickets.”
City Housing Manager Michelle Riwai says they like to encourage tenants to take an active part in community events, and Phoenix match crowds are known for their fun atmosphere and community feeling.
“We are really pleased that our tenants can see more of the local team in the A-League. It’s great to be able to support some of our tenants to attend. We are really appreciative of the Phoenix for this opportunity. We hope we can do more of this in partnership with them in the future,” she says.
City Housing and PSR are continuing to provide their tenants with a Phoenix experience, as they receive more tickets from Wellington Phoenix.