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Football Australia release updated Member Protection Framework

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Football is Australia’s number one club-based participation sport with over 1.8 million participants playing the world game across the country.

What intrinsically drives football in Australia is the love of the game and the multitude of connections that are forged in our communities and clubs through the sport.

In addition to being the biggest participation sport in Australia, football is also the most diverse with participants born in over 180 different countries.

Football Australia (FA) strives to protect all participants and football members from harm in an effort to ensure that everyone is given the chance to partake in football in a positive and safe environment. Whether it be a club volunteer, referee, coach or player, the safety and welfare of those involved is paramount so that participants can focus on enjoying the game we all love.

The FA recently delivered a newly updated Member Protection Framework (MBF), which is a suite of policies and resources that support the FA’s commitment to eliminating discrimination, harassment, child abuse and other forms of inappropriate behaviour from football.

The new MBF provides greater clarity and has addressed some of the inconsistencies in the previous Member Protection Policy document, particularly in relation to procedures for breaches of the policy.

The MPF covers:

  • Safeguarding
  • Bullying and Harassment
  • Anti-Discrimination
  • XI Standards of Respect
  • Complaints Procedure

A comprehensive standalone Safeguarding Policy, which forms part of the MBF, has been developed in line with the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations as endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments.

The updated Complaints Procedure will ensure better clarity in regards to how a complaint may be dealt with under the MBF, whilst clarifying that Football Entities have the power to take disciplinary action under separate regulations, such as the National Code of Conduct and Ethics.

The MBF will be a constantly expanding source of information in order to best support football administrators and participants alike in helping to address member protection matters in our sport. The MBF is supported by a confidential online reporting tool for member protection matters arising at a national level to be reported to Football Australia.

With this renewed MBF, Football Australia have adhered to their responsibility in providing a positive, safe and welcoming environment for each other in our game.

Female coaching development program launched in NSW

Canterbury's Centenary Park hosted CDSFA's first Youth Female Coach Development session for the year, working in tandem with Football NSW.

Canterbury’s Centenary Park hosted Canterbury & District Soccer Football Association’s first Youth Female Coach Development session for the year, working in tandem with Football NSW.

The opening session introduced all participants to the program and was followed by a MiniRoos Coaching Course.

The girls were taught and educated by special guest Sam McGowan. She is the current Game Development Officer for Schools, Women’s and Girls across the state and has a very rich coaching history. She also possesses a FFA B License for coaching.

The participants in the induction session were also lucky enough to have coaching members from Sydney FC around for the day to mentor the aspiring coaches.

Canterbury District Soccer Football Association Manager, Trudy Burke:

“It was a great way to kick off 2022 by hosting our first Youth Female Coach Development Program on Tuesday,” she said.

“This program is designed to inspire our next generation of coaches within the association.

“The program aims to not only create qualified, confident, and agile coaches, but create young female leaders and role models for our football community.

“Throughout the program, coaches will complete their MiniRoos, Skills Training and First Aid Certificates.

“They will also attend a communication and leadership workshop at the Future Matildas training base led by Future Matildas Head Coach Leah Blayney. Coaches will also be provided hands on coaching experience with the association and their local club as well as coaching opportunities with both Football NSW and Sydney FC.

“We currently have 24 coaches for our pilot program that will run up until October with the age range between 13-21 years.

“We will also see coaches feature from 10 different clubs within our Association so rest assured this will only further grow and develop the women’s game in the CDSFA area.”

This initiative by Football NSW is a fantastic way to explore and expand the coaching avenues of women’s football across the state, in amongst a rapidly growing participation rate.

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.

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