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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

Granville & District Soccer Football Association announce brand-new X-League

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The Granville & District Soccer Football Association (GDSFA) have announced the creation of a new top tier local Men’s Seniors competition, named the X-League.

Kicking off in March of 2022, the GDSFA will be looking to play 22 rounds of football competition each and every Friday evenings across the Granville Association. In addition, there are a number of exciting initiatives that the organisers have thrown into the mix to assure that this will be one of the most appealing local Senior Men’s competition across NSW.

Such incentives include:

  • Livestream Broadcast & Commentary of ‘Match of the Round’
  • Local officials and talent officiating matches
  • 2 Leagues (X-League 1 and X-League 2)
  • 12 Teams in each league
  • Single Team format of up to 20 players per team
  • Promotion and Relegation
  • Prize Money for Premiers and Champions
  • Season Launch Party with special guest
  • End of Season Player & Team Awards Evening
  • Entry into Australia’s oldest knockout competition “The Cottam Cup”
  • NPL Opportunities
  • ‘Match of the Round’ played at the legendary Melita Stadium home of the Parramatta Eagles FC

Granville & District Soccer FA’s General Manager Scott Sadler was looking forward to the new challenge of this concept, that was struck up with a few local and passionate Club administrators wanting to promote, collaborate and deliver new ways of getting more people interested with the world game.

“Back in May, myself and Joe Bacha (Rydalmere FC’s First Grade Coach) met at a café to catch up and chew the fat over the state of play of GDSFA football,” Sadler said.

“As many will know it’s not been an easy ride for them over the last few years, and Joe wanted to bring some of his observations and ideas on how we could improve our Men’s Premier League given we had gone from having 10 teams in the 2020 season and reduced to six in the 2021 season.

“Rydalmere FC have shown great character in rebuilding their club culture and in turn they have seen the fruits of their labour with a fantastic facility being constructed. We started to get some ideas down on paper and the ball was rolling, but Covid lockdown reared its ugly head for round 2 and so we got stuck into battening down the hatches.

“A working group was eventually formed, and the brainstorming sessions commenced every Wednesday, and are still ongoing looking at how we could make the Men’s Premiership Competition more viable and inclusive for all clubs to get involved.

“It has been great to watch the clubs coming together and collaborating on ideas, and between them they have come up with the concept of the X-League.”

Even though the league will be open to Men’s for the 2022 season, the Association has stated that plans are underway to offer this league concept towards the Women and Youth clubs in the football mad area.

“We are definitely looking at expanding in both the Women’s and Youth sectors once we get the Men’s off the ground in 2022 as that has always been our intention,” they said.

“GDSFA is the OG of football within Australia, we may not have done everything right along the way, but we have helped to shape football in some way shape or form.

“With the X-League, we are wanting to offer grassroots football a high standard of football for a very competitive membership fee, giving value for money for each player involved.”

Football Queensland team up with Queensland University of Technology to deliver programs for players and coaches

Football Queensland have announced a partnership with the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), to deliver various coaching courses and social football programs for students.

FQ Women and Girls Participation Officer, Kate Lawson, stated that students completing their studies at QUT can register to undertake a free MiniRoos coaching course on Wednesday, 20 October at QUT Stadium.

“This MiniRoos coaching course is aimed at any QUT students – including international students – who want to begin their coach education journey,” she said.

“There are opportunities opening up for qualified coaches to work with Football Queensland to deliver programs for women and girls, multicultural communities and in schools.

“We know that Queensland universities are home to thousands of football enthusiasts, and we are keen to work with educational institutions across the state to support students and grow the game.

“Beginning next Wednesday, 27 October, students will be able to participate in an eight-week Connecting Through Sport Mixed Multicultural Social Football program.

“I encourage all students to come along and get involved in the MiniRoos coaching course or the social football program.”

Football Queensland’s partnership with the university has come off the back of an informal social football program that has been running at the college since August of last year.

QUT Sport Project Coordinator Michael Jordan said of the partnership: “QUT Sport is delighted to be partnering with Football Queensland to offer a range of social and coaching opportunities for QUT students.

“We are excited about the upcoming coaching course and the Connecting Through Sports program to encourage students to be active, meet new people and learn some new football skills.”

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