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.”

Melbourne City FC and Tarneit United to promote grassroots growth

Tarneit United and Melbourne City

Melbourne City FC announced that Tarneit United Soccer Club are a Macca’s City Clubs Platinum Partner for the current 2023/24 A-Leagues season.

Melbourne City have used their partnership with McDonald’s Australia to create The Macca’s City Clubs program. This program aims to engage junior grassroots football clubs across metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria with the aim to help grow football on and off the pitch.

The club seek to create purposeful long-term relationships with every club they work with and make a huge impact on the development and participation numbers of the sport.

It was originally launched in the 2021/22 A-Leagues season, and the club continues to grow the club network utilising this amazing program every season.

There are plenty of benefits for Tarneit United SC that come out of this partnership including “Coach the Coach” workshops led by our experienced Melbourne City coaches, player meet and greets, and the opportunity to take part in exclusive matchday experiences and offers.

Tarneit United President, Burhan Farah explained why this partnership would benefit the members of the club greatly.

“Tarneit United is in the heart of the west and we’re excited to partner with the best A-League club in the country. Farah mentioned in a Melbourne City press release

“A love for football is our number one driver, and by aligning our club with Melbourne City FC, we hope to inspire our coaches and players to continue to grow our game in the community.

“It’s an honour to be a Macca’s City Club Platinum Partner and we look forward to supporting Melbourne City from the stands this season.”

Melbourne City FC CEO, Brad Rowse explained the importance of growing grassroots football in Victoria.

“We’re delighted to welcome Tarneit United to the Macca’s City Club program on the eve of the 2023/24 A-Leagues season. Rowse added in a club press release.

“Supporting grassroots football is important to us at Melbourne City FC, and with the addition of Tarneit United, we now have thirteen Macca’s City Club Platinum Partners stretching right across Melbourne.

“We’re incredibly excited to partner with Tarneit United and can’t wait to give their participants plenty of unforgettable experiences and opportunities in the years ahead.”

Melbourne City through their Football School and Maccas City Clubs programs have set a standard for the other teams in the league to hopefully follow in the near future.

The importance of setting a fantastic grassroots foundation of football in the country can never be undermined and this partnership provides another great example of it.

PSG eyeing huge Parc des Princes redevelopment

Parc des Princes revamp

Despite uncertainties over its future at the 48,000-capacity Parc des Princes, Paris Saint-Germain is continuing to investigate possibilities for significant redevelopment work.

According to the French publication L’Équipe, PSG is considering putting a roof and a retractable pitch to the Parc des Princes as part of an ambitious expansion proposal. The stadium is owned by the City Council of Paris, and any substantial renovations would need PSG to buy the site.

PSG has many possibilities on the table, according to L’Équipe, and the club is still interested in purchasing the Stade de France. PSG must submit an offer to purchase the Stade de France by January 3.

PSG held a survey with its supporters in March about the club’s stadium alternatives, outlining four ideas. A “significant” refurbishment of the Parc des Princes, a shift to a restored Stade de France, a new stadium to the west of Paris, and a new site within a 20 kilometre radius of the Parc des Princes that may include the town of Poissy were all possibilities.

If the team is unable to execute a deal to buy the Parc des Princes, it may attempt to buy the Stade de France or relocate to one of two new locations in the city.

The French government presently owns the Stade de France through the Consortium Stade de France. In 1995, the state handed the two corporations control of the 77,083-capacity stadium under a deal with the partnership created by construction firms Vinci and Bouygues.

The agreement between Vinci and Bouygues will expire on July 1, 2025. The cost of acquiring the facility is estimated to be over $657 million, with additional expenditure necessary to transform it to the demands of a football club.

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