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Football Coaches Australia and XVenture announce sponsorship for clubs and coaches

FCA

In a ‘first of its kind’ sponsorship from Football Coaches Australia and XVenture, grassroots football clubs around Australia will receive a discount on world leading continuing professional development for their coaches, plus a cash sponsorship to use in whatever way the club needs.

During March and April, any football coach at their club who registers for the FCA XV Essential Skills program will receive a $100 discount, and their club will receive a $100 cash sponsorship for each of the coaches who sign up.

The hugely successful FCA XV Essential Skills program modules have already been completed by over 300 coaches in Australia, New Zealand, UK, USA and Hong Kong, leading to an improved impact on their coaching, as well as the more than 4,500 players they work with, both on and off the field.

As we all seek to re-connect during these challenging times, the aim of this unique sponsorship, through the discounted access for coaches, is to provide funds for clubs to improve the overall quality of coaching provided. Clubs in turn are likely to have more success over the season, meaning a greater retention of players and coaches, as well as a more thriving and engaged community.

One of the coaches who has already completed the full FCA XV Essential Skills Program is Director of Football of Westfields Sports High, Kory Babington, who said the following:

The ability to get the best out of yourself, your players and staff should always be evolving. The Essential Skills modules offered so much good information, excellent case studies, different perspectives, and readings from a diverse range of sports and walks of life.  I can’t wait to apply what I have learnt in various practical settings I work in. Well done on creating a very professional, informative and engaging online learning platform.”

30 CPD points are also provided for license re-validation for each completed module.

For more information or to register please go to: https://www.fcaxvcollege.com/pages/coach-clubs

Football Coaches Australia addresses Dwight Yorke appointment

Dwight Yorke

Football Coaches Australia (FCA) has today congratulated Australian Professional Leagues (APL) on securing FC Barcelona to play an exhibition match against the A-League All Stars team in Sydney next month.

FCA’s mantra is to promote and strengthen the reputation of football in Australia and the reputation of Australian football on the world stage.

FCA acknowledges the appointment of Dwight Yorke as the All Stars head coach in this exhibition game, however strongly believes that the All Star team should be led by an Australian A-League or national team coach.

This will be Dwight’s first official head coaching appointment at any level, and FCA wishes him all the best with his future football management aspirations. His football pedigree and his outstanding contribution as a player with Sydney FC, at the inception of the A-League, are recognised by all.

FCA president Phil Moss, who was appointed assistant coach of the last A-League All Stars team for the 2014 match against Italian giants Juventus, said:

“Whilst FCA supports the inclusion of Dwight Yorke in the coaching staff as he launches his managerial career, the missed opportunity for an Australian coach to gain invaluable experience and exposure internationally as the Head Coach is disappointing,” Moss said.

“We understand the profile and interest having Dwight Yorke involved and what it will add to this game, and also understand the logistical issues of not knowing who the Isuzu Ute A-League final four coaches will be.

“But we are about providing opportunities for Australian coaches to grow, and show the world what we are capable of and this is a missed chance to do that.

“I was involved as the assistant in 2014 and know first-hand what a huge development opportunity that was for me and we feel there are numerous coaches with the right capabilities and experience to lead the All-Star team in the game against Barca.

“Whilst we anticipate the appointment of Australian coaches to assist Dwight, we can’t ignore the fact this would have been an ideal opportunity to promote our own Australian A-League head coaches to the football world.”

Australian football coaches deserve to be further acknowledged for their efforts in guiding their respective teams throughout the past two seasons, particularly in extremely challenging COVID circumstances. An All Stars head coach appointment would have been a fitting reward.

Previous All Stars appointments have been Ange Postecoglou (2013 v Manchester United) and Spaniard Josep Gombau (2014 v Juventus). These appointments were chosen by fans who voted.

FCA believes that A-Leagues Men and Women competitions should not only be a pathway to the global football world for players, but also our elite coaches, and we should use every opportunity to support them in their career development.

FCA also encourages the APL to consider the unique experience the All Star game would provide an Australian woman coach in one of the assistant coach roles.

Community football kicks off across northern NSW for 2022

It will be all smiles as community football officially kicks off across northern NSW this weekend.

Scores of players will take to the pitch across Hunter Valley Football, Newcastle Football and Macquarie Football member zones from children to adults including Inter-district age grade and MiniRoos.

North Coast Football’s Coffs community football will also kick off this weekend, with its Clarence community football to follow next week.

While the 2020 and 2021 seasons provided clubs and players with a number of challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2022 season promises to be the biggest yet across northern NSW as those who missed out on football over the last two years return to the game.

Northern NSW Football Community Football Manager Ross Hicks said he was delighted that players were about to step back out onto the pitch.

“The last two years have obviously been hugely challenging. Not just for the players but also parents and volunteers,” Hicks said.

“We wouldn’t have got back on the pitch without them in 2020 and they kept us all on the pitch last year. I am thrilled that everyone can return to playing the game they love.

“We are especially mindful of those part of our Football Far North Coast and North Coast Football communities affected by the recent floods as we continue to support and tangibly assist them.

“Thank you again to all our players, volunteers and parents for your patience and support. And all the very best to our players and match officials across northern NSW this season.”

NNSWF Community Football staff will be out and about this weekend making visits to a number of clubs to thank them for their commitment to the game and to lend a hand.

Community football in Northern Inland, Football Mid North Coast and Football Far North Coast is scheduled to start next weekend.

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