Football Coaches Australia and Sport Session Planner announce world-leading partnership

FCA SSP Partnership

Football Coaches Australia have today announced an exciting new partnership with Sport Session Planner – one of the world’s leading professional development program designers.

The ground-breaking agreement will provide FCA members with support and access to world class tools and programs to support them in planning and delivering training programs and sessions at both a micro and macro level.

Sport Session Planner was formed in 2011 by Magnus Alford and internationally renowned IT specialists. SSP has grown to be recognised as one of the world’s leading sports software providers for individual coaches, clubs and national sporting organisations globally.


In finalising the partnership Magnus said it would help take coaching to the next level in Australia.

“We’re really excited about the direction FCA are moving towards and knowing that, together, we can provide a robust and empowering structure to support the ecosystem of the coach on their journey; it’s a momentous partnership for SSP,” he said.

FCA Chief Executive Officer Glenn Warry said the coming together was another crucial step towards offering coaches all the tools for success required to thrive in their role.

“Teaming with Sport Session Planner will enable FCA to connect with community and  accredited coaches Australia wide, and fully supports FCA’s mantra of ‘For Coaches, By Coaches’,” Warry said.

“Australian football coaches, working in similar environments whether in metropolitan or regional and country football, will conduct the professional development sessions.”


James Robinson, Head of SSP Australasia, works closely with Australian football coaches and believes this partnership will help strengthen coaching both individually and collectively.

“Knowing that our partnership will strengthen the coaching process for the individual coach and our game as a whole, will give confidence and ownership to every stakeholder in the football landscape,” Robinson said.

FCA/SSP will:

  • Partner on the delivery of a jointly developed annual professional development curriculum for community and accredited coaches.
  • Collaborate on the development and delivery of professional development webinar programs to ensure they suit the needs of coaches at varying levels.
  • Provide coaches with access to their own private library resource, the FCA library, where they can save and share with FCA members, the curriculum library and the public library which has over 1 million sessions.
  • Improve ongoing learning options for coaches, alongside Football Australia and State Member Federation Coaching Licence courses, and deliver programs aligned with the FA Principles of Play – ‘Attack, defence and transition’.
  • Allow coaches to prepare and review their session plans and annual plan to aid training, prepare for matches and record incidents in the game for analysis.
  • Be accessible via all platforms – desktop, tablet, Android and IOS devices and allow coaches to share resources nationally and internationally.


On behalf of Australian football coaches the key professional development opportunities that FCA pursue for its members are to:

  1. Organise and provide continuing ‘revalidation’ professional development activities for Australian football coaches.
  2. Provide opportunities for Australian football coaches to contribute intellectually to football decision-making that impacts on their role.
  3. Implement world leading benchmarks, programs and practices to enhance the best practice and capabilities of Australian football coaches and players.

”FCA’s partnerships with X-Venture (FCA XV Essential Skills Program) and Sport Session Planner both align with FA’s Guiding Principle VI  ‘to create a strong culture around coach development by emphasising the importance of the role as a skilled position and a vital link in player development’,” Warry concluded.

The 2023-24 Local Sports Infrastructure Fund to cater for participation boom

2023-24 Local Sports Infrastructure Fund

The Victorian Government’s 2023-24 Local Sports Infrastructure Fund is a state-wide investment, open until December 13, 2023.

This fund was created to adapt to the increasing need for infrastructure that is required for regular active sport and recreation.

Utilising three streams, sports clubs, facility managers and community organisations will all benefit from the following grants:

  • Community Facilities – up to $300,000
  • Community Sports Lighting – up to $250,000
  • Planning – up to $40,000

Led by Minister for Community Sport, Ros Spence, the creation of infrastructure will be made possible by planners, architects, engineers, project managers,
builders, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, facility managers and operational staff as part on the construction process. In turn, this has a direct link back to the local economy and offers hundreds of jobs.

For sporting & recreation clubs, sporting associations & leagues, educational institutions, not-for-profit community organisations, businesses and individuals looking to apply for the Local Sports Infrastructure Fund, an important note is that they cannot do so directly. Instead, they will coordinate this with Local Government Authorities and the Alpine Resorts Victoria who will apply on their behalf.

Applications close at 5pm on Wednesday December 13 2023 – with successful candidates of the 2023-24 Local Sports Infrastructure Fund announced from April 2024.

For full information and resources, you can view those here.

Football Queensland remain with Kappa for five more seasons until 2028

Football Queensland & Kappa partnership extension

Football Queensland have announced a five-year partnership extension with iconic international sports brand Kappa as its official apparel partner from 2024.

This relationship between the two parties has been very strong since they first partnered all the way back in 2017 and reinforces the support for football in Queensland that the brand has had.

Kappa has provided quality garments for some of Europe’s biggest clubs including Manchester City, Juventus, AC Milan and the Italian National team.

It’s a brand that was established in 1916 in Turin and eventually in 1978 they rebranded themselves to branch out as a sportwear brand where they focused purely on football-related products and designs.

For Football Queensland, they currently produce and provide quality on and off-field apparel for all Queensland State Representative teams including the state’s futsal representative squads. Kappa also provide on-field apparel for the game’s referees on the FQ website.

They also helped sponsor and start up the Kappa Women’s Super Cup and Kappa Pro Series tournaments that debuted in late 2021 and 2022 respectively for clubs to participate in across the state.

FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci was extremely pleased to announce this partnership extension following Kappa’s amazing support.

“Football Queensland is incredibly excited to announce Kappa as our official apparel partner for the next five years following a competitive tender process which saw us receive 20 expressions of interest and 15 submissions of an extremely high quality,” Cavallucci said via Football Queensland press release.

“In their seven years as a Football Queensland partner, Kappa has provided fantastic support to Football Queensland, our clubs and the wider football community thanks to their quality of apparel, ability to deliver on their promises and the team’s unwavering commitment to customer service.

“We’ve built a wonderful working relationship with the team at Kappa thanks to their willingness to go above and beyond to deliver outcomes for our organisation and our game, and we’re delighted to continue working in partnership with them from next year.”

Kappa Australia Director Ze’ev Bogaty shared the same sentiment for the great relationship the two parties have created.

“Kappa is a strong supporter of football in Queensland and has been proud to invest in the game since the partnership with Football Queensland began in 2017,” Bogaty mentioned in the FQ press release.

“Some highlights of the partnership have included the development of the teal shirt for first year referees, witnessing Queensland state sides dominate on the national stage in Kappa kit, and the launch of the Kappa Women’s Super Cup and Kappa Pro Series tournaments.

“As we embark on another five years as the state’s official apparel partner and continue our close working relationship with Football Queensland, we look forward to contributing even more to the growth and success of football across the state.”

There is a shared goal of improving the grassroots game in Queensland from both parties and the track record of Kappa’s immense investment over the past seven years has shown that this extension will do wonders for Queensland football.

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