Applications open for NSW Football Legacy Fund

More than $6 million is available to the NSW football community to help build or upgrade their community infrastructure and boost female participation, as part of the NSW Football Legacy Fund.

Round 1 of the Fund has two streams available; Infrastructure, with up to $2.5 million available for the upgrade or construction of new community facilities; and Participation, with up to $650,000 available for programs that support increased football participation and leadership development.

Football NSW CEO Stuart Hodge was delighted to see the Fund now being open to the football family.

“The Fund will help support our Associations and Clubs to meet the needs of our fast-growing female football community, by increasing access to facilities and developing players, coaches, referees, and administrators,” Hodge said in a statement.

“As we strive towards 50/50 gender participation, we are very proud to be working alongside the NSW Government to champion future generations of female football participants.”

Minister for Sport Alister Henskens added the legacy of NSW hosting matches for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 will live on long after the tournament ends.

“The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 will bring the best players from across the globe to NSW as they compete for the prestigious title of world champions and the NSW Government wants to ensure they leave a positive legacy for our next generation of football stars,” Henskens said via Football NSW.

“The NSW Football Legacy Fund will ensure the entire NSW football family benefits from the state hosting World Cup matches, from grassroots through to elite-level competition.”

The program, delivered by the NSW Government in partnership with Football NSW and Northern NSW Football, will focus on inclusive projects that encourage the participation of females and people with disability.

Minister for Women Bronnie Taylor explained the program will be investing in the state’s communities in order to secure a brighter future for football clubs across NSW.

“This funding will help enhance club facilities and provide a more welcoming and inclusive place for women and girls, whether they’re players, coaches, referees or administrators,” Taylor said via Football NSW.

To apply, you can find it here.

Newcastle Jets’ new owners add key pieces for upcoming season

Newcastle Jets’ new owners, Maverick Sports Partners, have hired Ken Schembri as General Manager of Football and Ben Hawes as General Manager of Commercial, Digital and Marketing for this upcoming season.

The appointment of Schembri and Hawes reaffirms Maverick Sports Partners’ intent to invest in high-quality resources, which should excite Newcastle fans for this upcoming season.

Schembri had previously worked with the reigning champions, the Central Coast Mariners, being an essential part of establishing the Central Coast Mariners Football Academy and their Centre of Excellence when he joined in 2014.

Schembri will manage the A-League Men’s roster, oversee player performance and development, and handle recruitment for all football departments.

The Mariner’s Academy has produced many young and exciting Australian talent including Garang Kuol and Max Balard who have all gone to join clubs in Europe after their time in Gosford. Schembri has most recently played a key role in Central Coast’s recent success as Head of Football.

Maverick Sports Partners Director Maurice Bisetto commented about the new additions.

“We are excited to have both Ken and Ben join the Newcastle Jets team. They will be integral to the strategy and direction of the Club’s New Era, providing expertise and support, on and off the pitch,” said Bisetto in a club statement.

These two joined the Jets after the club were bought by the Australian company only last month.

Hawes has prior experience in Sponsorship, Marketing and Content roles at the National Rugby League, Sportsbet, BlueBet and Sydney FC.

Hawes will focus on expanding and diversifying the clubs commercial revenue streams which includes growing the sponsorship portfolio. He will also deal with commercialising the club’s digital channels as well as implementing new marketing and fan engagement strategies.

Due to these recent moves, Newcastle have the potential to produce exciting Australian talent and grow its brand across the league which will help the club continue to improve both on and off the pitch and ultimately strengthen their stability for future seasons.

Football Coaches Australia and Martyn Buckie team up for ‘Benefits of Micro Coaching Sessions’

Football Coaches Australia (FCA) and Martyn Buckie will host an online session on Monday, July 29 at 7:30pm AEST.

As part of ‘Benefits of Micro Coaching Sessions’, Buckie will present insights on the benefits of micro coaching sessions for children and youth coaches.

Coaches will get a full understanding on what ‘Micro Sessions’ are and how to implement them into training sessions. He will explain the benefits they provide to both players and coaches and how to design effective ‘Micro Session’ practices.

Buckie is currently the ‘Grassroots Coach Education and Development Manager’ with the Scottish Football Association. He is a UEFA A Licence and Scotttish Advanced Children’s Licence holder. In addition, he is also the advanced Children’s Licence Tutor and Course Manager.

He has a wealth of practical coaching experience as Academy Coach at both Stenhousemuir FC and Falkirk FC.

Attendance to this event will qualify for one-hour CPD with Football Australia.

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