Football Legacy Fund to improve Glenhaven Football Club’s home ground

Glenhaven Football Club

Part of the Hills Football Association, Glenhaven Football Club has set its sights on upgrading its pitch at Glenhaven Oval, after the NSW Government granted them $90,000 as part of the Football Legacy Fund.

Also providing financial assistance for the club is the community of Hills Shire Council to bring life to this undertaking. The Council will also put forward over $200,000 for the remaining costs of the project.

The club is making strides to remodel its grounds to inspire the next generation of female participants to play football, which The Hills Shire Council sees huge potential following the FIFA Women’s World Cup this year.

The plan will allow the revamp of the lighting on the sports field, using LED and modern lighting system controller technology at Glenhaven Oval to meet the required 100 lux compliance.

Glenhaven FC competes in the Hills Football Association – the club was formed in 1991 with only seven junior teams, but fast forward to today and they field 50 teams across all age groups from under six to over 45.

The values of this club are that of family and their emphasis is on providing fun and participation, while, regardless of the skill level they provide excellent coaching, by following the Football Federation of Australia’s National Curriculum, and also closely working with Hills Football to provide accredited coach training at all levels.

Glenhaven FC President Bill Kafkis said via press release:

“Planning for growth and demand is key to our club’s strategy, the upgrading of our venue is crucial for the unprecedented growth that will come out of the FIFA Women’s World Cup.”

When the project is finalised, the sports field will be used more regularly, especially for the evening training sessions and night matches, and also extensive training in accordance with local competition requirements and regulations.

Newcastle Jets’ new owners add key pieces for upcoming season

Newcastle Jets’ new owners, Maverick Sports Partners, have hired Ken Schembri as General Manager of Football and Ben Hawes as General Manager of Commercial, Digital and Marketing for this upcoming season.

The appointment of Schembri and Hawes reaffirms Maverick Sports Partners’ intent to invest in high-quality resources, which should excite Newcastle fans for this upcoming season.

Schembri had previously worked with the reigning champions, the Central Coast Mariners, being an essential part of establishing the Central Coast Mariners Football Academy and their Centre of Excellence when he joined in 2014.

Schembri will manage the A-League Men’s roster, oversee player performance and development, and handle recruitment for all football departments.

The Mariner’s Academy has produced many young and exciting Australian talent including Garang Kuol and Max Balard who have all gone to join clubs in Europe after their time in Gosford. Schembri has most recently played a key role in Central Coast’s recent success as Head of Football.

Maverick Sports Partners Director Maurice Bisetto commented about the new additions.

“We are excited to have both Ken and Ben join the Newcastle Jets team. They will be integral to the strategy and direction of the Club’s New Era, providing expertise and support, on and off the pitch,” said Bisetto in a club statement.

These two joined the Jets after the club were bought by the Australian company only last month.

Hawes has prior experience in Sponsorship, Marketing and Content roles at the National Rugby League, Sportsbet, BlueBet and Sydney FC.

Hawes will focus on expanding and diversifying the clubs commercial revenue streams which includes growing the sponsorship portfolio. He will also deal with commercialising the club’s digital channels as well as implementing new marketing and fan engagement strategies.

Due to these recent moves, Newcastle have the potential to produce exciting Australian talent and grow its brand across the league which will help the club continue to improve both on and off the pitch and ultimately strengthen their stability for future seasons.

Football Coaches Australia and Martyn Buckie team up for ‘Benefits of Micro Coaching Sessions’

Football Coaches Australia (FCA) and Martyn Buckie will host an online session on Monday, July 29 at 7:30pm AEST.

As part of ‘Benefits of Micro Coaching Sessions’, Buckie will present insights on the benefits of micro coaching sessions for children and youth coaches.

Coaches will get a full understanding on what ‘Micro Sessions’ are and how to implement them into training sessions. He will explain the benefits they provide to both players and coaches and how to design effective ‘Micro Session’ practices.

Buckie is currently the ‘Grassroots Coach Education and Development Manager’ with the Scottish Football Association. He is a UEFA A Licence and Scotttish Advanced Children’s Licence holder. In addition, he is also the advanced Children’s Licence Tutor and Course Manager.

He has a wealth of practical coaching experience as Academy Coach at both Stenhousemuir FC and Falkirk FC.

Attendance to this event will qualify for one-hour CPD with Football Australia.

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