City of Canada Bay Council waive field hire costs


Canterbury District Soccer Football Association (CDSFA) clubs have been given relief following the decision by the City of Canada Bay Council to waive ground hire costs.

The move was made in an effort to lessen the financial burden on CDSFA clubs who have been heavily affected by the impact of COVID-19 enforced lockdowns.

The substantial support from the Canada Bay Council comes at a critical time for community football during this difficult period, in the lead up to the 2022 season following yet another interrupted year due to the pandemic.

“Our local football clubs have done it tough over the past 18 months and I’m thrilled that we are able to provide fee relief to ensure that, when these current lockdowns lift, local football clubs are ready to get back on the field,” City of Canada Bay Council Mayor Angelo Tsirekas said.

“I can’t wait to see football back in action in the City of Canada Bay – seeing friends and families throughout our community back on our fields.

“I hope that this support from the City of Canada Bay will help local clubs bounce back from the impacts of COVID-19.”

Football NSW CEO Stuart Hodge highlighted his support for the action, delivered by the City of Canada Bay Council.

“Well done to the City of Canada Bay Council for showing its support behind our code in what have been tough times due to the pandemic,” he said.

“It’s announcements such as this from the City of Canada Bay Council that go a very long way in assuring our football community are aided in their push towards kicking off the 2022 season on the right foot.”

Canterbury District Soccer Football Association CEO Ian Holmes was appreciative with the ongoing support of the Mayor in his efforts to assist each club.

“The CDSFA wants to thank Mayor Angelo Tsirekas for steering this through Council,” he said.

“The City of Canada Bay Council remains an LGA focussed on the local community and recognises the vital role of community sport.

“Mayor Angelo and Council have always respected our five clubs and the club volunteers. The financial relief provided is greatly appreciated.”

Football Coaches Australia welcomes Sports Integrity Australia independent investigation


Football Coaches Australia (FCA) welcomed the broad independent investigative mandate provided by Football Australia to Sport Integrity Australia, encompassing four different areas – harassment, bullying, intimidation and discrimination.

FCA encourages current and former players, administrators, referees and coaches, as well as parents and others involved in football in Australia to come forward through this process to enhance the positive cultural development in our sport.

FCA President Phil Moss stated: “As an organisation we have sought transparency, due process and procedural fairness from day one, so we fully support an independent and wide-ranging investigation into the culture of football in Australia.

“We must, as a game, hold ourselves to the highest of standards.

“The culture we live every day, how we treat each other and ensuring we are setting up the next generation to enjoy our great game is of paramount importance and entirely non-negotiable.”

Newly elected FCA Vice President Sarah West endorsed Phil’s statement:

“Everyone in our sport, from professional players, coaches, referees, administrators and staff through to those involved at the grass roots, has the right to participate in a positive and safe environment and to be treated with respect and fairness.

“There is no place in our game for abuse or harassment of any kind. This unacceptable behaviour harms people and diminishes the game.

“As coaches we have a duty of care to those we are entrusted to work with and must endeavour to always create environments which provide safety, trust and inclusivity so that everyone can enjoy the beautiful game on and off the pitch.”

Media inquiries can be directed to FCA Chief Executive Officer, Glenn Warry, on +61 417 346 312

Manchester City teams up with Qualtrics

Manchester City Qualtrics

English Premier League side Manchester City have announced a new partnership with Qualtrics which will see the leader and creator of the Experience Management (XM) category become the Club’s Official Experience Management Software Partner.

Qualtrics empowers organisations to listen to customer and employee feedback, understand and analyse what they hear, then take action to improve experiences and design new ones, all in real time.

Manchester City and Qualtrics’ new partnership aligns with the club’s ongoing commitment to provide the best possible matchday experience for fans and will allow the club to use industry-leading experience management software to listen to fans’ feedback following each fixture.

From overall matchday experience – to catering, facilities, retail and more – Qualtrics can provide valuable insight and real-time data from fans to help the club shape their future strategic planning and decisions.

The new partnership is also expected to include further activations across wider areas of the organisation in coming months, using Qualtrics’ experience management software to listen to fan feedback and enhance the digital experience for Cityzens across the globe.

Senior Vice President of Global Partnerships Sales at City Football Group, Stephan Cieplik:

“As a club, we are continually working to improve our matchday offering for fans both in-stadium and across our digital platforms for those following across the globe,” he said.

“Through this new partnership with Qualtrics, we will be able to use industry-leading software to gather valuable feedback and insight from those at the heart of our club to help shape future decisions around matchdays.”

Qualtrics President of Products and Services, Brad Anderson:

“With Qualtrics, Manchester City can listen to and understand fan feedback in real time and take action to improve matchday experiences,” he said.

“But fan experience isn’t limited to the stadium — the digital and at-home fan experience is just as important, and Qualtrics will help Manchester City to deliver a personalized experience to their fans wherever they are.”

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