Football Coaches Australia and XVenture announce inaugural scholarship recipients

Scholarship recipients

Football Coaches Australia and XVenture are pleased to announce that two youth participants of the RISE football program have received individual FCA XV Essential Skills program scholarships to the value of $599.

The FCA XV Essential Skills Program is the new era in coach and personal improvement education. This unique program is delivered completely online in a revolutionary virtual world environment designed to create a rich and engaging learning experience.

RISE is a fantastic not-for-profit venture based in Coffs Harbour – which supports the refugee, Indigenous and less fortunate youth of the region with football as their core and community at their heart.

The recipients of the scholarship are two outstanding young Yazidi refugee leaders and footballers within the RISE program – Hadiya Adakhi and Nada Ali. Both are members of the RISE junior committee and are highly respected within their community.

FCA CEO Glenn Warry:

“FCA is excited to be extending our relationship with the RISE program. FCA and XVenture will also be making future announcements regarding initiatives that will support other coaching cohorts who may not be in a position to fund the professional development they require to achieve their sporting and professional goals.”

Founder of XVenture Mike Conway:

“Sport coaches have a huge contribution to make as leaders, supporters, mentors and role models for our next generation. They need to have the skills and they need to have access to learn these skills. That’s why the FCA XV Essential skills program matters.”

He also stated that the awards are in line with XVenture’s mantra of “giving opportunity and access to as many people as possible to learn about themselves and to live optimistic lives.”

The RISE vision is to ‘strengthen the individual’ and the scholarships will provide them with the skills and support to enhance their opportunities to achieve their goals. Both recently told their stories to the Newcastle Jets FC players and coaches, who are fantastic supporters and role models for the RISE youth.

Recipients talking to Jets

Upon receiving the award, Hadiya acknowledged the immense support that the scholarship will provide for her during her education journey.

“I am seeking to be school captain, coach of a mixed soccer team and to pursue a pathway towards the Newcastle Jets Women’s football academy. I have recently completed a Grassroots Coaching course and a Referees certificate,” she said.

“The scholarship will help me as English is my second language, so developing my communication, leadership skills and overall wellbeing would be helpful in achieving my post secondary school goals in nursing or the police force.”

Nada Ali also has similar ambitions, stating: “I am president of the junior committee at RISE and complete public speaking roles to promote RISE and my school. I have big dreams, and high expectations, regarding my future goals, which are hard to reach due to financial difficulties, so this scholarship is of great benefit to me. In addition to playing I am looking to coach my junior team having recently completed my Grassroots Coaching Certificate.”

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


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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