FAIRFIELD Council supports the creation of a Johnny Warren Football Institute in the heart of the city.
The institute, which would be the first of its kind in Australia, would serve as a centre for nurturing and developing the skills of talented young football players.
It would also offer educational opportunities for young people looking at a career in the sports industry.
Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone told councillors at last week's meeting that he had recently held discussions with the director of the Johnny Warren Football Foundation, Les Murray, about the project and received an email from him seeking the council's support to ensure the institute was established in Fairfield.
"By offering our support towards the institute, council would be making a significant contribution in ensuring our city has a world-class facility that fosters the football talent of western Sydney, as well as helping put Fairfield City on the international football map," he said.
"It would bring significant economic benefits to our city, our football community and to our upcoming football players."
Cr Carbone also called on council staff to write a letter to the local state and federal members to consider suitable funding options to help establish the institute, as well as investigating possible locations around Fairfield.
All councillors supported the mayor's recommendation.
In response, the federal Labor government has agreed that if re-elected it would contribute $10 million towards funding the institute.
This commitment would be delivered through the government's Liveable Communities Program that is already included in the budget.
McMahon MP Chris Bowen said federal Labor wanted the Johnny Warren Football Institute to be the home of football development in Australia.
"There is no better location for it than in western Sydney," he said.