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FFA form committee to consult on National Second Division

On Monday, the FFA announced they had convened a broad cross section of the football community to join the first steering committee of the National Second Division.

A statement from the FFA can be found here:

The Committee met for the first time last week and commenced work towards establishing a process and timetable for a NSD Competition.

Committee Chairman Remo Nogarotto said the objective of the committee was to commence laying out the framework for the competition which will grow football’s footprint and be a significant step forward for the sport in Australia.

“The first task of the Committee is to review the recommendations of the NSD Whitepaper, which was released in June and commence the task of drafting the competition architecture, including a budget, for the national second division, as well as consider an Expression of Interest process and timeline,” Nogarotto said.

The committee will report back to the FFA Board in the coming months, with an Expression of Interest process expected to commence thereafter.

The committee includes Women’s Football Council Committee member Sue Crow, Football Federation South Australia President Sam Ciccarello, Football Victoria President Kimon Taliadoros, Newcastle Jets CEO Lawrie McKinna, PFA Chief Executive John Didulica, Australian Association of Football Clubs Chairman Nick Galatas and AAFC Treasurer Christo Patsan.

In addition to these members, Caltex Socceroos Head Coach Graham Arnold and FFA Technical Director Rob Sherman will be co-opted onto the committee to advise on technical matters.

Sherman said player development was pivotal for the future success of our National Teams

“I’m looking forward to working with the National Second Division Steering Committee as we seek to develop the national competition structure. A robust competition structure will provide a pathway for not only for players, but for coaches, referees and administrators which will ultimately mean Australian football will be better placed to achieve more success internationally”.

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Caelum Ferrarese is a Senior journalist with Soccerscene. He reports widely on micro policy within Australasia and industry disruptions at grassroots level.

Grassroots sport given new lease of life in Frankston

The Frankston City Council have been provided $2.9 million in funding, part of projects that the Victorian Government has been involved with.

The Frankston City Council have been provided $2.9 million in funding, in a move that forms part of the ongoing community sport and recreation infrastructure projects that the Victorian Government has been involved with since 2014 – exceeding the amount of $1 billion.

Ballam Park, home to the Peninsula Strikers Junior Football (Soccer) Club, were granted $300,000 as an investment towards a new pavilion and an installation of new lighting for two pitches to allow further utilisation of the pitches for training and games.

The club consists of around 300 registered players and a rebuilt facility will ensure that it is inclusive for female participants. This is a boost and reassurance of female participation throughout all age groups.

Players and coaches will be delighted to find that the new pavilion created by the grants will include eight new female-friendly changerooms, kitchen, kiosk, social space, referee changerooms, storage, first-aid accessibility and public toilets. On top of this, there will be new parking facilities with street lighting upgrades for patron safety.

In addition to the Victorian Government’s financial contribution to Frankston City Council’s grassroot clubs, RF Miles Recreation Reserve, home to the Seaford Tigers Football (Aussie Rules), Netball and Cricket Clubs, will receive a new pavilion too.

Following consistent growth of participation numbers for the clubs of the three different codes, they will be treated to a brand new two-storey pavilion to cater for them. This will also include female-friendly changerooms and amenities, social and meeting rooms, first-aid room and umpire changerooms.

The oval at RF Miles Recreation Reserve will consist of a reconfigured larger oval with lighting that will meet to AFL standards. Along with this a new scoreboard, a coach’s box, cricket nets and brand-new netball courts.

All was made possible through the government’s Local Sports Grants initiative. The timing of the announcement and delivery conveniently falls in line with the lifestyle recovery post-covid. As such projects will inherently create much needed stimulating and restoration of the local economies, creating new jobs and bringing communities closer together.

Football West announces latest round of Building Stronger Clubs Program

Football West has announced the launch of their latest round of the Building Stronger Clubs Program, to future proof football in the state.

Football West has announced the launch of their latest round of the Building Stronger Clubs Program for 2021.

The program aims to future proof football in the state by ensuring that clubs and associations provide a better all-round experience for all participants, volunteers and fans.

The initiative enables clubs and associations to apply for grants of up to $1,500. Last year alone saw 24 clubs across WA sign up for the program and put the funds towards projects valued at more than $100,000.

The resulting projects included a club history timeline at Subiaco AFC, committee upskilling for Mindarie FC and an Asian Cup tournament at Westnam United. In addition, other clubs used the funding towards the purchasing of new equipment and the development of websites.

Meanwhile, Sorrento FC used the Building Stronger Clubs Program grant to develop a business plan to secure a $1 million election pledge from Western Australia’s Labor Party to fund new changerooms and upgrade club facilities.

The Building Stronger Clubs Program grant can be used to assist clubs and associations in strengthening their setups across a variety of aspects, including:

  • Governance and Policy Development
  • Facilities Management, Planning or Design
  • Stakeholder Engagement (including Government, commercial, community, schools)
  • Volunteer Engagement & Recognition Plans
  • Marketing Plan or Communications Plan or Digital Marketing Plan
  • Fundraising/Grant/Sponsorship/Partnership Plan or support
  • Upskilling Boards and Committees
  • Financial Management Practices and Advice
  • Inclusive Participation Pathways
  • Football Development Pathway programs for players, coaches, referees, administrators
  • IT Services or Website Development
  • Strategic or Business Planning

Additionally, clubs and associations can also submit collaborative applications for larger scale projects dedicated to making a difference to their football communities.

The program gives Football West the opportunity to also provide concerted support for clubs and associations to complete the Football Australia National Club Development Program through facilitated experts.

As well as this, Football West’s preferred technology supplier, Computing Australia Group, can help any clubs and associations seeking website support or grant application assistance.

Those seeking full details for Football West’s Building Stronger Clubs Program and how to apply for the $1,500 grant need only click here. All grants must be submitted by June 28, 2021 – at 5pm WST.

Any questions or queries related to the application process can be directed to Football West’s Cub Engagement Lead, Abid Imam at abid.imam@footballwest.com.au

Sports media giants Dentsu enters into agreement with AFC

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The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) have announced a commercial agreement with sports media giants Dentsu which will see the agency become the exclusive marketer of the AFC’s commercial properties in Japan.

Dentsu Inc. is the number one advertising and media agency headquartered in Japan with a far-reaching global network that provides support for marketing, business DX and growth strategy formulation to the biggest brands around the world and in football.

The agreement comprises the AFC’s major national team and club competitions, including Asia’s flagship competitions national team competitions – the AFC Asian Qualifiers – the road to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the AFC Asian Cup China 2023, the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022 and the continent’s premier club competition – The AFC Champions League.

A new deal being struck continues the long and successful relationship between the AFC and Dentsu Inc., who have represented the AFC and managed its commercial rights exclusively in Japan over the last two decades.

AFC General Secretary Dato’ Windsor John acknowledged the exciting opportunities that the continued agreement offers the AFC.

“The AFC is delighted to welcome Dentsu Inc. to the ever-growing family of commercial partners for the 2021-24 period, as our exclusive commercial agency in Japan,” he said.

“Japan are one of the most successful footballing nations in both the men’s and women’s game, not only in Asia, but also across the globe. This is a significant agreement that paves the way for millions of passionate fans in Japan to access and engage with the AFC’s world-class competitions.

“We are thankful to Dentsu Inc. for their continued investment in Asian football, and with their extensive background and long history in marketing football in Asia and Japan, we are confident that they will play a pivotal role in driving the interest and consumption of Asia’s finest competitions amongst one of the most passionate fan bases across the Continent.”

Football Marketing Asia (FMA) remains the AFC’s exclusive agency for all commercial rights worldwide, excluding Japan and (in relation to the sale of media rights) the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

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