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Football Coaches Australia AGM wrap-up: Terry McFlynn appointed to Executive Committee as organisation achieves major growth

Football Coaches Australia (FCA) has announced the appointment of Sydney FC Hall of Famer Terry McFlynn as its newest Executive Committee member at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on September 9.

McFlynn was delighted to formally join the organisation after contributing in an unofficial capacity for three years.

“I was very honoured to be considered for the position and I’m thrilled to join FCA in an official capacity. The organisation is extremely important for football in Australia as it provides coaches with a voice and a direction,” McFlynn said.

“I’m here to support all of the people at FCA in any shape or form that I can. I very much look forward to working with Glenn Warry, Phil Moss, Heather Garriock, and the rest of FCA’s stakeholders who all do a fantastic job to advocate for coaches in the country.”

Phil Moss believes McFlynn’s impact will be “immeasurable”.

McFlynn will bring a world-class pedigree to FCA after enjoying a stellar career in Australian and international football, most notably as a player in the Hyundai A-League with Sydney FC. He has also captained Northern Ireland at junior level, from U15s through to U23s.

Since his retirement as a player in 2014, McFlynn’s leadership qualities and football knowledge have allowed him to successfully transition into a number of professional roles off-field.

He has served as General Manager of Player Welfare and General Manager of Football Operations, both at Sydney FC, and now works as Perth Glory’s Academy and W-League Manager.

FCA President Phil Moss warmly welcomed McFlynn, highlighting his leadership qualities and football experience, both on and off the pitch.

“I’m personally over the moon, Terry is a football person of the highest integrity. With his administrative and coaching mind, his value to FCA will be immeasurable,” Moss said.

“His skillset is extensive and varied. It is another example of the incredible calibre of people who are getting involved with FCA, which speaks volumes to the work that the organisation does.”

In addition to welcoming McFlynn to its Executive Committee, FCA’s AGM served as a platform to reflect on the organisation’s positive growth over the last 12 months and map out its key objectives for the future.

The association, which now boasts 382 members, reported major progress across three major pillars of focus – Governance, Advocacy, and Professional development.

“I think the highlight for me over the last 12 months has been the collaborative approach that we have been able to achieve with key stakeholders. This shows how determined we are to work together with key stakeholder for the good of the game and for the good of coaches,” Moss said.

“It is important to pay tribute to the work Glenn Warry (CEO) and Heather Garriock (VIce President) do. They are consistently working hard and in the best interests of coaches around Australia. The attendance at the AGM was very strong and it shows that FCA is growing and making a genuine difference.”

Since its inception in 2018, FCA has also made a commitment to gender equity and promoting diversity. Throughout the past year, the association made progress on this commitment by collaborating with the FFA’s Women’s Football Council, establishing a women’s mentorship program, achieving 40 per cent female representation on its Executive Committee, and working to break down barriers and attitudes towards women in coaching roles.

With the past 12 months proving to be successful, Moss is determined for FCA not to rest on its laurels and to continue its positive momentum.

“We are always thinking about what more we can do and how we can improve. It is important to keep those principles in mind because we have set a really strong foundation, but we are in no position to sit back and pat ourselves on the back. We need to continue to grow and evolve,” Moss said.

“The key priority moving forward will be driving revenue streams. We have set a strong platform now from which to build on, but driving sustainable revenue streams will ensure that FCA is financially viable and can stand on its own two feet. There are some really exciting things in the pipeline and I am confident that we can achieve that.”

Heather Garriock, Vice President of FCA echoed Moss’ sentiments surrounding financial sustainability, stating that accomplishing stable revenue streams was now a “must” for the organisation, particularly among corporate and commercial partnerships for FCA’s mentor program.

Heather Garriock says financial sustainability is a key goal for FCA.

With COVID-19 dominating the landscape around the country FCA has acted as a beacon of leadership, hosting more than 30 webinars and professional development workshops which reached in excess of 37,000 coaches nation-wide.

“Creating financial avenues is in our control. People are really enjoying FCA’s professional development workshops but at the moment we have been delivering them on a voluntary basis and it’s unsustainable,” Garriock said.

“It needs to become a two-way street and we need participants to contribute on their end because otherwise the services FCA offer won’t have longevity. So we will look for ways to convert the people attending the workshops and Zoom conferences into full-fledged members.”

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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.”

Valencia CF presents revised stadium upgrade plans

Valencia CF President Anil Murthy has stated the club will not deliver a “low-cost stadium” after holding talks with Mayor Joan Ribó over reviving the long-running Nuevo Mestella project.

Valencia CF President Anil Murthy has stated the club will not deliver a “low-cost stadium” after holding talks with Mayor Joan Ribó over reviving the long-running Nuevo Mestella project.

Valencia’s stadium, the Nuevo Mestalla, was originally under construction in 2009. However, over the last 12 years, due to financial issues and negotiation breakdowns, construction has never been completed and the situation has become known as one of the world’s most notorious stadium projects.

Murthy presented revised plans to a Council delegation led by Ribó, with the club seeking to recommence work on the stadium in order to ensure it retains the advantages granted to it under an ATE construction license given in 2012.

The plans presented to the council include a stadium capacity between 43,000 to 46,000, expandable to 60,000. The stadium would have a second ring dedicated almost exclusively to leisure and restaurant offerings, while the roof will be fitted with solar panels in an effort to drive sustainability.

Valencia Mayor, Joan Ribo:

“Initially it is proposed for a capacity comparable to that which the (Mestalla) stadium currently has (48,500), but expandable to 62,000 spectators. But I think this is not the fundamental element,” he said.

“The fundamental element is the novelty of this second ring that has seemed to me to be a remarkable element that is not in many football stadia. They propose a roof that is made of photovoltaic panels, which is an example at that level that I want to value.

“They have assured us that they have guarantees with the bank where they have the debt, which is now Caixabank.

“They have presented us with a calendar where in June 2022 the works of the sports centre would begin, in October 2022 the start of the works of the stadium and in August 2024 the inauguration of the new Mestalla. The calendar seems realistic and possible, but if it is not met, they will listen to us.”

In December, Valencia revealed plans to use funds from LaLiga’s strategic venture, with global investment fund CVC Capital Partners to help finance the construction of its new stadium. Valencia is reportedly set to receive approximately $189 million AUD from LaLiga as part of the LaLiga Impulso venture. $125 million of which is set to head to the stadium project.

Valencia CF President, Anil Murthy:

“The meeting has been very positive. After the two meetings with the Generalitat, today we have taken an important step by formally presenting the project we have to the important institution, which is the City Council,” he said.

“We have agreed on recommencing work as soon as possible, after presenting the project to the Generalitat and the City Council.

“Nobody talks about a low-cost stadium. It’s going to be a stadium that’s going to give a lot of people a lot of hope and it’s going to mean a lot of investment in the city. It’s going to be something different and something attractive.”

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