Canberra United welcomes not-for-profit Gift of Life with important cause in mind

Gift of Life and Canberra United

Canberra United has welcomed Gift of Life as its back of shorts partner for the 2023/24 Liberty A-League season.

Gift of Life is an ACT-based not-for-profit organisation that aims to promote greater community awareness around the importance of organ and tissue donation.

They focus its efforts mainly on the ACT and surrounding region, but with this new partnership it will be looking to extend its message more nationally as it aims to through its advocacy save more Australian Lives.

The organisation accomplishes its aims mainly through advocacy, targeting the ACT as it has the lowest organ donor sign up percentage in the Commonwealth.

However, it is not only through direct advocacy that the organisation does its work, but also it helps to organise events and activities aimed both at boosting organ donor sign ups and supporting the lives of those who have received the life saving operations.

For the season, Gift of Life’s logo will appear on the back of Canberra United’s Liberty A-League side shorts, helping to provide crucial exposure for the organisation whenever the team takes to the pitch.

Speaking on the announcement, Capital Football Chairman Angelo Konstantinou expressed the club’s hopes for helping Gift of Life in its mission during this season.

“We are delighted that Gift of Life have joined the Canberra United family as Back of Shorts partner for the forthcoming Liberty A-League campaign,” he said via press release.

“They are a vital organisation in Australia, providing community awareness via major events and activities during the year. We are hoping that our partnership can assist this drive to create even more awareness about the important role they play.”

Gift of Life’s President Catherine Scott also commented on importance of raising awareness for this crucial issue.

“We have joined with Canberra United in order to continue to raise awareness on the importance of organ and tissue donation registration,” she said via press release.

“We would encourage the fans of the club to take the next step and register to be an organ and tissue donor and have the conversation with your family.”

This deal highlights Canberra United’s commitment to being a driver of social benefit in its community. It is also great to see clubs supporting not only businesses but also charities in their sponsorships.

For any readers interested in signing up to the Australian Organ Donor Register, please visit www.donatelife.gov.au/canberraunitedfootballclub for more information.

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

Football Australia bolsters leadership with key new appointments

Football Australia has confirmed the appointments of Briana Harvey as General Manager of the Women’s National Teams and David Mason for the role of General Manager of the Men’s National Teams.

These strategic appointments are part of Football Australia’s ongoing efforts to strengthen and enhance the leadership and management of its national teams, ensuring both the women’s and men’s programs benefit from experienced and dedicated leadership.

Harvey has an extensive background in sports management, having held key roles at prominent organizations such as Hockey Victoria, the Australian Football League, Hawthorn Football Club, and, most recently, at the GWS GIANTS Football Club. Her diverse experience across these major sporting bodies highlights her expertise and leadership capabilities in the field.

Mason’s deep involvement with Australian football stretches back to 1998. Throughout his career, he has held numerous management positions in media and communications, football operations, and club administration at Northern Spirit, Parramatta Power, Sydney FC, and Football Australia.

His extensive experience across these diverse roles has equipped him with a comprehensive understanding of the sport’s landscape, making him a valuable asset in his new role.

For the last seven years, Mason has served as CEO of Manly Warringah Football Association and Manly United FC, one of Australia’s largest football associations. Returning to Football Australia, Mason brings with him a vast reservoir of knowledge in local, regional, and global football.

His experience is complemented by a deep familiarity with Australia’s National Football Teams, positioning him to make significant contributions in his new role.

Beginning on August 12, both Harvey and Mason will take charge of the strategic, operational, and administrative aspects of Football Australia’s Men’s and Women’s National Teams. Their responsibilities will include planning and managing budgets, as well as coordinating overall annual match schedules.

In their roles, they will ensure that all logistical and operational needs are met, driving the success and efficiency of the national teams’ programs.

Their leadership will be pivotal in shaping the future of Australian football on both the national and international stages.

Head of National Teams Gary Moretti expressed his excitement of the designation via press release.

“We are delighted to have secured the services of both Briana and David who as individuals and collectively bring a wealth of industry knowledge to Football Australia,” he said.

“Briana has a strong corporate pedigree with extensive experience within elite level sport. Her background and passion for women’s sport will be an invaluable asset to our National Teams both now and in the future.

“David is a football person and has contributed to the sport at all levels for almost three decades. In addition to his strong football acumen, David brings significant business and operational experience from his highly successful tenure as a CEO within the football industry.

“Along with Andrew McKenzie (General Manager – High Performance), the appointments of Briana and David will strengthen the management and future prospects of our National Teams as we look to create an elite performance and operational environment featuring a world’s best-practice focus.”

CEO of Football Australia James Johnson added how their experience and wealth of knowledge will ensure operation excellence via press release.

“The appointments of Briana and David are strategic moves that align with our vision to enhance the performance and success of our National Teams. Their combined experience and leadership will play a crucial role in ensuring operational excellence, so we remain competitive on the global stage and continue to inspire the next generation of football talent in Australia.”

Football Australia – National Teams Senior Management

Head of National Teams: Gary Moretti
General Manager – Women’s National Teams: Briana Harvey (commencing 12 August)
General Manager – Men’s National Teams: David Mason (commencing 12 August)
General Manager – High Performance: Andrew McKenzie (commenced 10 July)
General Manager – Football Analysis, Data and Insights (to be appointed)

The creation of four new leadership positions within the National Teams underscores Football Australia’s commitment and investment in its Senior and Youth National Teams, as outlined in the XI Principles for the future of Australian Football. Every position plays a critical role in advancing, overseeing, and ensuring the sustained success of all High Performance and National Team programs and initiatives.

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