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Australia’s overseas footballers set to benefit from digitally-led nutrition support

Matildas players

Football Australia has announced an extension and expansion of their partnership with Compeat Nutrition – an innovative company that is revolutionising nutrition centred healthcare in performance sports and the general population, through to August 2022.

The partnership supports Football Australia’s endeavours to provide world class environments and support to Australia’s national team players in order to help them cope with performance expectations and to improve holistically as athletes and people both during and after their careers.

Footballers in each of Australia’s women’s and men’s national football teams – from the Westfield Junior Matildas and Joeys to the Westfield Matildas and Socceroos – will have access to Compeat Nutrition’s digital platform, with scaled levels of support to athletes via virtual meetings and one-on-one consultations available also.

The platform – which has been developed to deliver scientific and proven dietetic advice in an environment that builds resilience, helps forge good habits and ensures a truly individualised solution – removes the barriers of geography and time to ensure that Australian football’s elite global player bases have real-time access to 24-7 nutritional support.

Andrew Clark, Football Australia’s High Performance Coordinator, explained that Compeat Nutrition has provided nutritional to the Westfield Matildas, Westfield Young Matildas and Future Matildas for the past two years. And now, following positive feedback and outcomes, the platform has been expanded to a larger pool of players across female and male programs.

“We’ve witnessed some encouraging results and received some positive feedback from our women’s national team players since the platform was introduced to them two years ago,” Clark explained. “In partnership with Compeat Nutrition, we’ve now taken the opportunity to extend the support to a larger pool of players based at clubs in Australia, Asia, Europe, and North America, ensuring that they can access nutritional support regardless of what time zone they are in.”

“We’re always striving to find ways that we can support players while at their clubs, in preparation for their national team duties, and in international qualification and tournament mode. This service will assist many Australian footballers to develop healthy nutritional habits that they can use throughout their careers and in life after football.”

Compeat Nutrition co-founder and leading performance dietitian, Alicia Edge, said Football Australia’s digitally focused approach to supporting footballers based all over the globe was a progressive move that can lead to individual and team performance benefits.

“Football Australia is focused on delivering the best nutritional outcomes and support for their athletes,” Edge said.

“At Compeat Nutrition, we are deeply honoured to have the opportunity to partner with Football Australia in helping Australia’s best footballers at different stages in their careers to better train, compete and recover through their nutritional intake.

“It is so gratifying to build a supportive, mobile environment that Australia’s elite footballers can take with them no matter where they go in the world. By engaging with Compeat, athletes will receive comprehensive education and sustained awareness of the impact of nutrition and wellbeing on performance that is vital for individual and team success at international level.”

Granville & District Soccer Football Association announce brand-new X-League

GDSFA

The Granville & District Soccer Football Association (GDSFA) have announced the creation of a new top tier local Men’s Seniors competition, named the X-League.

Kicking off in March of 2022, the GDSFA will be looking to play 22 rounds of football competition each and every Friday evenings across the Granville Association. In addition, there are a number of exciting initiatives that the organisers have thrown into the mix to assure that this will be one of the most appealing local Senior Men’s competition across NSW.

Such incentives include:

  • Livestream Broadcast & Commentary of ‘Match of the Round’
  • Local officials and talent officiating matches
  • 2 Leagues (X-League 1 and X-League 2)
  • 12 Teams in each league
  • Single Team format of up to 20 players per team
  • Promotion and Relegation
  • Prize Money for Premiers and Champions
  • Season Launch Party with special guest
  • End of Season Player & Team Awards Evening
  • Entry into Australia’s oldest knockout competition “The Cottam Cup”
  • NPL Opportunities
  • ‘Match of the Round’ played at the legendary Melita Stadium home of the Parramatta Eagles FC

Granville & District Soccer FA’s General Manager Scott Sadler was looking forward to the new challenge of this concept, that was struck up with a few local and passionate Club administrators wanting to promote, collaborate and deliver new ways of getting more people interested with the world game.

“Back in May, myself and Joe Bacha (Rydalmere FC’s First Grade Coach) met at a café to catch up and chew the fat over the state of play of GDSFA football,” Sadler said.

“As many will know it’s not been an easy ride for them over the last few years, and Joe wanted to bring some of his observations and ideas on how we could improve our Men’s Premier League given we had gone from having 10 teams in the 2020 season and reduced to six in the 2021 season.

“Rydalmere FC have shown great character in rebuilding their club culture and in turn they have seen the fruits of their labour with a fantastic facility being constructed. We started to get some ideas down on paper and the ball was rolling, but Covid lockdown reared its ugly head for round 2 and so we got stuck into battening down the hatches.

“A working group was eventually formed, and the brainstorming sessions commenced every Wednesday, and are still ongoing looking at how we could make the Men’s Premiership Competition more viable and inclusive for all clubs to get involved.

“It has been great to watch the clubs coming together and collaborating on ideas, and between them they have come up with the concept of the X-League.”

Even though the league will be open to Men’s for the 2022 season, the Association has stated that plans are underway to offer this league concept towards the Women and Youth clubs in the football mad area.

“We are definitely looking at expanding in both the Women’s and Youth sectors once we get the Men’s off the ground in 2022 as that has always been our intention,” they said.

“GDSFA is the OG of football within Australia, we may not have done everything right along the way, but we have helped to shape football in some way shape or form.

“With the X-League, we are wanting to offer grassroots football a high standard of football for a very competitive membership fee, giving value for money for each player involved.”

Football Queensland team up with Queensland University of Technology to deliver programs for players and coaches

Football Queensland have announced a partnership with the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), to deliver various coaching courses and social football programs for students.

FQ Women and Girls Participation Officer, Kate Lawson, stated that students completing their studies at QUT can register to undertake a free MiniRoos coaching course on Wednesday, 20 October at QUT Stadium.

“This MiniRoos coaching course is aimed at any QUT students – including international students – who want to begin their coach education journey,” she said.

“There are opportunities opening up for qualified coaches to work with Football Queensland to deliver programs for women and girls, multicultural communities and in schools.

“We know that Queensland universities are home to thousands of football enthusiasts, and we are keen to work with educational institutions across the state to support students and grow the game.

“Beginning next Wednesday, 27 October, students will be able to participate in an eight-week Connecting Through Sport Mixed Multicultural Social Football program.

“I encourage all students to come along and get involved in the MiniRoos coaching course or the social football program.”

Football Queensland’s partnership with the university has come off the back of an informal social football program that has been running at the college since August of last year.

QUT Sport Project Coordinator Michael Jordan said of the partnership: “QUT Sport is delighted to be partnering with Football Queensland to offer a range of social and coaching opportunities for QUT students.

“We are excited about the upcoming coaching course and the Connecting Through Sports program to encourage students to be active, meet new people and learn some new football skills.”

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