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.

Manchester United commit to a renewable future

Renewable energy

With a shared mission of tackling climate change and creating a cleaner world, Manchester United have announced the renewal of their global partnership with Renewable Energy Group, Inc. – a leading producer of renewable fuels.

The partnership reinforces the Red Devil’s commitment to environmental sustainability through working together with Renewable Energy Group to raise awareness of the company’s biofuel products and to encourage positive environmental change among Manchester United’s global fanbase and beyond.

As one of the first football clubs in the world to launch a carbon reduction programme in 2008, Manchester United have reduced annual emissions from its operations by 2,700 tonnes since then. The club will be seeking to build on this record through its new partnership with Renewable Energy Group.

Manchester United Chief Operating Officer Collette Roche acknowledged the importance of Manchester United being a leader in environmental awareness and sustainability of the planet.

“As one of the most popular sports teams in the world, the club has a powerful platform to help raise awareness of how people can contribute towards a cleaner, more sustainable future for our planet,” she said.

“We are already an environmental leader among football clubs after 12 consecutive years of reduction in our greenhouse gas emissions. We will now work with Renewable Energy Group to explore ways of shrinking our carbon footprint further. Together, we can make a difference in the fight against climate change, and the goal of developing a greener, cleaner planet.”

Renewable Energy Group President and Chief Executive Officer Cynthia Warner spoke about the significance of enhancing awareness through the partnership with United.

“As a leading producer of cleaner, bio-based diesel, it’s a natural fit for Renewable Energy Group to partner with another sustainability-minded leader like Manchester United,” she said.

“Together, alongside Manchester United, we will amplify our simple-to-adopt opportunities for individuals and organisations to reduce carbon now.”

Football Coaches Australia presents ‘The Football Coaching Life Podcast’ S2 Ep 5 with Gary Cole interviewing Catherine Cannuli

Football Life Podcast Cannuli

Catherine Cannuli has recently been appointed as Head Coach of the W-League team at Western Sydney Wanderers after spending a number of years as Assistant Coach after she finished up her playing career at the Club.

Cath had a terrific playing career as a junior and senior player, becoming a 15-year-old first-team player at Marconi before also playing W-League football with Sydney FC and Brisbane Roar, as well as receiving four caps for the Matildas.

Her coaching career began at Southern Districts with the Raiders before quickly adding the U14’s and eventually the Technical Director role. Catherine is open in discussing how great the Association have been in helping her grow and develop as a coach and in allowing her to juggle her coaching role at WSW whilst learning to understand the demands of full-time coaching.

We discuss the impact that Alen Stajcic has had on her career as both a player and a coach as well as how he helped her ‘fall back in love with the game’ after she walked away from the game and the national junior teams.

In her role as TD with Southern Districts she is focused on helping players love the game first as well as trying to fit in more games and training sessions to provide more learning opportunities for players and coaches.

It becomes very evident that Catherine wants to leave a legacy for the W-League program at Wanderers where all players, coaches and staff are full-time.

Please join me in sharing Catherine Cannuli’s Football Coaching Life.

Australian Clem Morfuni becomes owner of Swindon Town FC

Swindon Town Morfuni

Australian Clem Morfuni has become the majority stakeholder in League Two side Swindon Town FC, with an ambition of bringing in a new era to the club.

The Robins, who were relegated from League One last season and have just nine senior players contracted – including Australian Jordan Lyden – will be backed by Morfuni for the foreseeable future with the upcoming League Two campaign less than three weeks away.

Morfuni, a previous minority stakeholder in the side, founded his plumbing business Axis Services Group in Australia in 1994. It is now a globally operating business with a financial turnover of $200 million each year.

The acquisition has also signalled the end of a lengthy ownership battle for the League Two club who have fought recent financial hardships. Moreover, the club’s fans have rejoiced across social media at the sight of Morfuni’s long-awaited arrival.

In a club statement, Morfuni acknowledged the importance of having a ‘fans first’ philosophy on and off the field.

“I want to tell the fans that you’ve got your club back, a football club should be the heartbeat of the town and the local community and should be something that the whole town and surrounding communities takes great pride in,” he said.

“Without fans you don’t have a club and I want to thank every supporter (many who I have got to know personally) who have fought for their club and helped me to gain control. I know I am indebted to you and will work hard to make this club a club all our fans can be proud of.

“Last season we came last in the football league in terms of fan engagement; this season I aim to come first.”

Morfuni’s takeover of the club has ushered in a new contingent of executive and technical staff, with arrivals including Swindon Town Supporters Trust board member Rob Angus as club CEO and Ben Chorley and Ben Garner as the club’s Director of Football and Head Coach respectively.

In addition, Morfuni spoke on the significance of building a youthful side, something which bodes well for young Australians seeking a pathway into European football.

“I want a young, forward thinking, vibrant club. I want the average age of the team to come down, that doesn’t mean every player will be young because you need a balance, but I want a young side that plays an exciting style of football and create a club where top young players want to join because of the environment, the opportunities they will be given,” he said.

Morfuni’s full statement can be read here.

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