Coral Sea Park a state-of-the-art facility in Eastern Sydney

Coral Sea Park

Sports field designer SPORTENG announced the successful completion of works on Randwick’s Coral Sea Park.

The upgrade of the park began in 2022 and upon its completion, the Eastern Sydney venue now boasts an impressive state-of-the-art facility that is in compliance with Football NSW Guidelines.

The new facilities not only boast a larger synthetic football field, but in the spirit of broad community engagement, the park now also features upgraded cricket nets. These upgrades are hoped to help to enhance playing and training experiences for a variety of sportspeople in the Randwick area.

SPORTENG, the firm hired by Randwick City Council to complete this project, is one of Australia’s premier Field of Play designers. They operate Australia wide and are recognised for their accuracy and strong culture of providing customers with on-time and on-budget project completions. SPORTENG has completed projects that range from community sport fields all the way to helping find surfacing solutions for professional sporting fields such as Melbourne’s Junction Oval and Paramattas Bankwest Stadium.

To meet the demands of this project, SPORTENG also worked alongside Smart Connection Consultancy and Statewide Civil, with the latter awarded to complete the project.

SPORTENG expressed their joy at completing the successful project and thanked their partners via their Facebook page.

“As requested by our client Randwick City Council, this upgrade will empower the community to make the most of this important recreational sporting hub,” they said via their announcement.

“The reconfigured field layouts and the new synthetic playing field will undoubtedly elevate the sporting experience for everyone involved.

“Thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of the Coral Sea Park project – our dedicated team, our esteemed partners, and of course, the amazing Randwick City Council.

“Together, we’ve turned a vision into reality and can’t wait for everyone to enjoy this fantastic facility!”

As noted by the firm, this new facility will be a vital contribution to the Randwick community. In having a NSW football compliant pitch, the park’s readiness for play comes at a perfect time as excitement for football is set to only grow following the success of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup and Australia’s own Matildas in that global competition.

Hence, a facility like this comes at a time where participation in football is likely to continue to grow larger and it will provide many athletes both those committed and those new or trying out football to utilise world class facilities in their own backyard.

The success of this build as a predominantly football based venture will also bode well for SPORTENG as they can show their competency for building these facilities at a time when demand for new fields will deservedly be at a national all-time high.

The ball is now with all other Australian regions to recognise the opportunity and success that football has had on home soil and follow Randwick City Council by investing not only in the game, but also in local Australian firms such as SPORTENG.

Global Institute of Sport and former Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor launch ‘study and play’ academy in Dubai

Global Institute of Sport (GIS) has announced an expansion into the Middle East by partnering with leading football performance specialists The Player, co-founded by former Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor.

Aspiring footballers from across the globe can now study a GIS university degree and immerse themselves in an elite football environment with the stunning surroundings of Dubai.

The new ‘Study & Play: Dubai’ initiative provides footballers of all levels with an unprecedented opportunity to train and play in state-of-the-art facilities under the guidance of UEFA A licenced coaches. Alongside their football, students studying a specialist GIS online sports degree will receive local academic support, as well as be part of a global cohort of GIS students studying the same degree course.

Open to students from across the world to move to Dubai, successful applicants will be able to immerse themselves in the Middle East’s emerging football market, gain cutting-edge skills and apply for sports work placements that will shape their future both on and off the field.

The Player Co-Founder and former Newcastle United player Steven Taylor commented:

“This partnership with GIS offers a fantastic opportunity for young athletes. Education is one of our four main focuses at The Player, and we’re able to offer high level performance training alongside this education.”

Fellow The Player Co-Founder and UEFA A licenced coach Sam White added:

“We’re really proud to be introducing this partnership with Global Institute of Sport, and being able to offer young professionals and talented young athletes the opportunity to study a degree and play or work within the world of football in Dubai at the same time.”

GIS President and CEO Sharona Friedman stated:

“GIS was founded with the intention of bringing the best learning and education from the world of sport together so that students are able to graduate with a holistic understanding of best practice from around the globe.

“We are delighted to partner with The Player to provide an additional immersive opportunity for students to study and train in an elite football environment, whilst also bringing our education model to a new region, which will be at the forefront of sports business and performance for the decades to come.”

The GIS degrees available to study as part of this opportunity are:

All programmes are delivered entirely online with the exception of MSc Football Coaching & Analysis, which is largely online plus two residential weeks in either London, Miami or Melbourne.

For more information on Study & Play: Dubai, you can visit the link here:

FIFA implement measures to protect female players and coaches

FIFA has announced several amendments to the current Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players (RSTP). These changes have been approved by the FIFA Council by May 2024 and have been brought into effect from June 1.

These changes are majorly focused on women and the impact that menstruation and pregnancy have on their careers.

A meeting of key stakeholders and FIFA members resulted in these new regulations advancing the women’s game.

These include:

  • FIFA female players and coaches can now receive a minimum of 14 weeks of paid maternity leave.
  • A minimum of 8 weeks of paid absence for female coaches and players who adopt a child under the age of 2.
  • Also, a minimum of 8 weeks paid absence from the birth of the child if they are not the biological mother (for example same-sex parenthood).
  • Players are entitled to full remuneration if they are absent from training or games due to menstruation or pregnancy health reasons.
  • There is increased support for female players in contacting families during national team contexts to ease pressure on children and mothers.

FIFA Chief Legal & Compliance Officer Emilio García Silvero has commented on the recent changes:

“FIFA is committed to implementing a dynamic regulatory framework that is sound and suitable for the increasing needs of female players and coaches,” he said via media release.

“In order for the game to further flourish, it’s key that we have a holistic approach towards player well-being, including the legal aspects.”

This is a huge advancement in the game’s equality mission as FIFA has recognised and actively planned to ease the physical, psychological and social dimensions of pregnancy and menstruation for women athletes.

These regulations fit Goal 2 in FIFA’s Strategic Objectives for the Global Game: 2023-2027, which describe the organisation’s commitment to exploring and implementing further safeguards for player and coach welfare.

FIFA Chief Football Women’s Officer Dame Sarai Bareman outlined the importance of placing women’s physical health in the legal and mainstream dialogue of the sport.

“When you’re playing sport for a living, and in a professional environment, we have to factor in that the female menstrual cycle can also impact on your ability to deliver within your role,” she added via media release.

“So, it’s important that we protect … those that are affected by their menstrual cycles in a way that it doesn’t put at risk their employment situation with their club and, ultimately, their ability to earn money.”

This announcement shows the players are becoming the major stakeholders in laws and regulations around their welfare.

This is an important strategy for the equality of the game by making sure that women’s sporting careers are not put on hold or impacted by their natural body function or raising a child.

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