FC Football Kit delivering apparel and flexibility to COVID19-hit football clubs

Former National Premier Leagues Victoria player Michael Eagar is at the forefront of FC Football Kit’s mission to deliver quality apparel in tandem with flexible terms to football clubs in Australia.

A game-changing offer from FC Football Kit means grassroots football clubs can continue to provide their members outstanding apparel and football kit in the post-COVID19 world.

FC Football Kit is offering six-month, interest-free payment terms to football clubs who sign up with the apparel company in 2021.

The interest-free terms will be well received by clubs looking for more flexible arrangements with apparel suppliers with a shortfall in funds expected for many grassroots clubs as a result of the COVID19 pandemic.

A relatively new name in the Australian football scene, FC Football Kit arrives in Australia courtesy of National Premier Leagues Victoria mainstay, Michael Eagar. An NPLV champion with South Melbourne, Eagar is the Managing Director of FC Football Kit having helped bring the company to Australia from his native New Zealand.

“We think the interest-free offer is a very exciting offer; it’s exciting for clubs across Australia who have had their challenges over the past 12 months and now have a solution that can assist them and their members with a positive outlook,” he said. “

“We are football people, so we know what it’s like to be involved with clubs and what’s important to them across all stakeholders. We want to do everything we can to be a successful business partner, and assist them in any way we can. We know that timing of cash flow can be an issue, so we want to extend a helping hand and play our part in the recovery and stability of football clubs here in Australia post-COVID.

“To reinforce our company view and values, we believe this is a great statement that shows we really want to partner and assist clubs while building a long-term future with them here in Australia.”

Clubs in Victoria have been particularly hard hit with the cancellation of the vast majority of junior seasons and the complete loss of revenue from senior football meaning many clubs have had to roll over fees or make refunds to paying members.

FC Football Kit’s interest-free payment terms offer clubs some much-needed flexibility when it comes to arranging new kit for the upcoming season. It allows clubs time to bring money in through membership and registration fees as well as sponsorship without the need to make a lump-sum payment for apparel before it is delivered.

Whilst FC Football Kit may be new on the scene in Australia, its arrival comes with plenty of experience and know-how across the ditch. With over 15 years of operational history, FC Football Kit has been servicing clubs at various levels, from national teams right down to community clubs in various sports.

“We were founded by football people, so naturally that’s where our focus is,” Eagar said.

“While we’re new to Australia, we’re far from a new company. We have a lot of experience across what clubs want, what academies want, what parents, what families want, and how to best provide for that from the quality of product to service and delivery processes along with a comprehensive product range.”

Football West to welcome Jamie Harnwell as new CEO

Football West has announced the appointment of Jamie Harnwell as the new Chief Executive Officer of the organisation.

Football West has announced the appointment of Jamie Harnwell as the new Chief Executive Officer of the organisation.

Harnwell will succeed outgoing CEO James Curtis, who is stepping down after spending almost six years in the role.

Harnwell has been involved with Football West for over 12 years, with his most recent position being Chief Football Officer. Prior to that, he had worked as Acting Chief Operating Officer and Head of Development.

Before joining Football West, Harnwell was the captain of A-Leagues club Perth Glory, as well as the record-appearance holder He made 256 appearances for the Glory men’s squad, where in the process he was involved in back-to-back national championships.

Football West Chairman Sherif Andrawes:

“Football West is delighted to announce Jamie Harnwell as our new CEO,” he said.

“Jamie is a real football person, from his days as a star player at Perth Glory to becoming a top coach in both the A-League Women’s and NPLWA – Men’s competitions. He has transferred the drive and dedication needed to succeed on the pitch to his roles at Football West.

“In addition, Jamie also possesses the necessary skills and vision to drive Football West forward as we continue to grow the sport in WA and we move towards the opening of the State Football Centre and the 2023 Women’s World Cup and beyond.

“Jamie has worked closely with James Curtis for a number of years, and in terms of senior management, it is great that he has been able to ‘learn on the job’ and is well placed to lead the team at Football West over what will be an exciting period for our sport in WA.

“Following an extensive nationwide search and the assessment of several excellent candidates, Jamie proved to be the stand-out. We look forward to him leading Football West in the years ahead and continuing the terrific progress achieved under James Curtis.”

Incoming Football West Chief Executive Officer Jamie Harnwell:

“It is exciting to become CEO of Football West and I’m looking forward to the challenge,” he said.

“We are the biggest team sport in the country in terms of participation and we are in a fantastic position. But there is still plenty of potential for further growth, especially here in WA.

“It has been terrific to work with James Curtis and gain invaluable experience, now I am ready to put my own stamp on the position.”

Harnwell will work together with Curtis until the latter departs from Football West on March 31, 2022.

Sky Sports extends rights to NIFL

The Northern Ireland Football League has announced that Sky Sports will be the exclusive broadcaster of Football in the region once again.

The Northern Ireland Football League has announced that Sky Sports will once again be the exclusive broadcaster of top-flight football in the region for the next three years.

The Irish League has had a long-lasting partnership with Sky over the years and the agreement will see the relationship in place until the end of the 2024/25 season.

The new agreement will see four Danske Bank Premiership fixtures and the BetMcLean League Cup final broadcast live across the UK & Ireland each season.

Northern Ireland Football Chief Executive, Gerard Lawlor:

“We sincerely thank Sky Sports for their continued backing of our game and we look forward to showcasing some of the best NI Football League matches together over the next three seasons,” he said.

“To continue to have the invaluable support of such a high-profile broadcaster shows how far our league has progressed in recent years as we bring our game to an increasing audience of loyal fans.

“The NI Football League brand is continuing to grow outside of the confines of Northern Ireland, and through Sky Sports, many football fans are now becoming more familiar with the rich history of our clubs and as well as some of the household names that have played in the Irish League.”

Sky Sports Director of Football, Gary Hughes:

“As a long-term partner to the Northern Ireland Football League, we’re delighted to extend Sky Sports’ support of the league and ensure that its entertaining action continues to be available to our customers,” he said.

“Sky Sports customers will be able to enjoy the Northern Ireland Football league alongside our ever-expanding football offering in the UK & Ireland which includes over 500 live games in 2022, from the Premier League, EFL, Scottish Premiership and FA Women’s Super League as well as international action in the form of World Cup Qualifiers, and this month’s Africa Cup of Nations – placing Sky Sports as the home of live football.”

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