Federation University join Melbourne City to meet long-term aspirations

Federation University Australia and Melbourne City

Melbourne City FC has established a new long-term agreement with Federation University Australia as its Official Tertiary Education Partner.

With a campus in Berwick, Victoria’s top regional university proudly serves the South East Melbourne community, and it also has sites in Ballarat, Gippsland, and the Wimmera.

This allows Melbourne City to branch out into other areas of Victoria and promote their club in these areas, potentially attracting new fans to the club.

This new collaboration will deepen Federation University’s relationships with the region while also providing interesting new chances for students to complete work placements in fields like as business, communications, information technology, and exercise and sport science.

Federation University’s emblem will appear on the back of City’s A-League Women’s playing shorts as part of the long-term arrangement.

Federation University’s primary goal is to improve lives and communities. Federation institution has been named the number one institution in Australia for first-in-family enrolments since 2018, with an emphasis on increasing fairness and access to education.

Professor Duncan Bentley, Vice-Chancellor and President of Federation University Australia, spoke on the partnership.

“Federation University has a proud history of supporting sport and the benefits it brings to our communities, and we are excited to commence our partnership with Melbourne City FC.”, he stated via press release.

“The Matildas recent tilt for World Cup glory captivated the entire nation and through this partnership, we hope to share our expertise in a variety of disciplines that will help develop the next generation of football stars.”

Melbourne City FC CEO Brad Rowse echoed those sentiments:

“It’s a significant partnership for the South East Melbourne community and we’re really excited by the new opportunities we will be able to provide for students across the region to get a taste of working in an elite sporting environment,” he added via media release.

“After having 10 players from the Matildas history-making World Cup squad spend time here at Melbourne City, an investment like this into our Women’s program ensures we can continue to be the prime destination in the country for young talent to develop their craft. 

“We look forward to working together with Federation University for many years ahead to continue to deepen our ties with the South East Melbourne region and also support the rapid growth of Women’s football in Australia post-World Cup.” 

Melbourne City kick off their A-League Men season at home this Saturday October 21 where they will face Western United.

Football Queensland and Roar Football in the Community program to capitalise on growth

Football Queensland (FQ) have announced a partnership with A-League staple Brisbane Roar as the member federation continues to build towards their 2026 strategic growth plan.

The two organisations have combined to launch a community incentive, titled ‘Football Queensland and Roar Football in the Community’.

As a result of the collaboration, it is an Australian first – as no club across the country has experienced a feat  which is being exhibited in Queensland between the Roar and governing body.

This gound-breaking alliance has effectively reinforced the established relationship between the state and one of the country’s most renowned football clubs, drawing emphasis upon the strategy of building upon the ongoing development and support of football within Queensland.

Football Queensland and Roar Football in the Community will deliver a vast variety of grassroots football clinics, sessions, events and community engagement programs to young aspiring boy and girl participants.

FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci disclosed his assertiveness in FQ hitting the 2026 strategy plan, with the newly found partnership a step in the right direction.

“Combining our strong ties to the grassroots football community with Brisbane Roar’s connection to football fans across the state ensures we can implement best practice delivery methods to unite the game in Queensland,” he said via media release.

Brisbane Roar FC Chairman & CEO Kaz Patafta discussed his admiration towards the expansion of the Club’s reach in the new state wide opportunity.

“We’re delighted to expand Brisbane Roar FC’s reach throughout the Queensland football community as we continue working collaboratively with Football Queensland to pave the way for innovative and strategic opportunities for the game,” he added via press release.

This community program intends on introducing young boys and girls to the sport of football, in attempts to increase participation numbers.

It is a strict objective in which FQ are adamant in achieving, all in accordance to their 2024-2026 Development Strategy.

Additionally, the programs created are crafted for children across the state of Queensland, with a database featured on the community program website, allowing parents to navigate the closest programs within their respective area of the state.

Schools are also invited to become involved – find out more about Football in the Community here: https://footballqueensland.com.au/football-in-the-community/

Volunteers valued throughout nationwide week in their honour

Volunteers are the backbone of sports clubs across the nation, within the lifespan of a successful club, volunteers throughout generations are selflessly involved.

National Volunteer Week 2024 is an incentive created by Volunteering Australia (VA) who have continued the promotion of volunteers since their inception in 1991.

Founded under the National Secretariat Program, VA are the peak organisation for volunteers across the country.

National Volunteer week has officially began, with its conclusion occurring on Sunday.

Coaches, administrators, referees and team managers all fall under the plethora of volunteers in whom without it the day to day living organism of a club would cease to exist.

Selfless within the endeavours undertaken, volunteers dedicate time and effort at the betterment of a sports club.

Playing a pivotal role in various aspects of a sports club operations. They are the unsung heroes in building chemistry amongst players, club participants and officials.

Unifying a broader community under the umbrella of a sporting entity.

Football across the nation have showcased their appreciation towards volunteers.

Football NSW have swiftly acknowledged the continuous contributions made by volunteers throughout the state by disclosing their participation within the week.

As stated on their website, Football NSW CEO John Tsatsimas touched upon the importance in which volunteers possess.

“Every week we see thousands of dedicated volunteers, committed administrators, and mums and dads giving their time to ensure our players of all ages can enjoy the beautiful game.

“Volunteers are the lifeblood of our game – the grassroots appeal of our game would not be what it is without their passion for the sport and undying commitment to their local club and community.”

Football NSW are honouring the volunteers within the state through Football NSW Champion Volunteer Pieces, all to be presented across social media platforms and the NSW website throughout the duration of volunteer week.

Additionally, the theme for this year’s annual National Volunteer Week is “Something for Everyone”. Placing a firm emphasis upon recognition of diversity within the volunteering community.

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