Brisbane Roar strengthens alliance with Football Queensland

Brisbane Roar has announced further collaboration with Football Queensland, the state’s governing body.

This partnership will focus on developing next generation talent for both the men’s and women’s game. The club is hoping that this deal will create clearer paths for Queensland players to reach both the Isuzu UTE A-League and the Liberty A-League.

The deal also sees both parties committing to developing football infrastructure – such as club rooms, pitches, and other development focused facilities. This is directly attributed to the Matildas and their success at the recent FIFA Women’s World Cup.

During the tournament, 40% of the Matildas squad was Queensland developed talent. With some of the squad’s biggest names like Cortnee Vine and Mackenzie Arnold heralding from the sunny state.

The collaboration will also hope to build talent off the pitch with the partners citing the need for the development of officials and coaches.

The state has already proved its aptitude in this sphere with Matilda’s Assistant Coach Melissa Andreatta being a Queenslander, a former FQ Academy QAS, and the former Brisbane Roar Head Coach.

Speaking on the new collaboration and the partners shared goals for football in Queensland, Brisbane Roar CEO Kaz Patafta had this to say via media release:

“In strengthening our alliance with Football Queensland, Brisbane Roar reaffirms its dedication to the growth of football across Queensland. We are committed to nurturing local talent and deepening the connection with our dedicated fan base,” he said.

“This renewed partnership symbolises a unified vision and a shared passion for growing the world game in Queensland.”

Football Queensland CEO Robert Cavallucci reiterated this message and spoke of Roar’s importance to football in the state.

“The Brisbane Roar is an important part of the football landscape in Queensland and this collaboration, with a fresh leadership approach, paves the way for new opportunities and innovative ways of working to reach our strategic vision of Football in Queensland United,” he added via press release.

This collaboration is an exciting new dawn for football in Queensland. As one of the nation’s strongest footballing states, it is great news to see that both clubs and governing bodies are committed to helping each other grow.

The announcement is also another huge reward for football off the back of the Matildas’ run at the Women’s World Cup and highlights how important the growth of the women’s game in Australia has been to allowing all of football to grow.

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.

Sign up via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/martyn-buckie-benefits-of-micro-coaching-sessions-tickets-940768212047?aff=oddtdtcreator

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