Football NSW and Gow-Gates Insurance Brokers stay put for upcoming years

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Football NSW have announced the renewal of their current five-year partnership with Gow-Gates Insurance Brokers to extend their sponsorship agreement as Football NSW’s Official Insurance Broker for 2023 and 2024.

This partnership is vitally important in the continuation of Football NSW’s Insurance Programme where their goal is to provide Players & Club Administrators immediate access to the policy benefits and procedures of the insurance programme.

The policies included under the Football NSW Insurance Programme for the benefit of your club includes:

Sports Injury Insurance, offers basic cover for participants who suffer injuries arising out of participation in football. This also considers organised training and travel between home and games/training sessions.

Public & Products Liability, provides up to $25,000,000 any one occurrence where the club requires help to fund products or facilities to improve clubs around NSW.

Professional Liability, provides up to $5,000,000 any one occurrence and $10,000,000 in the aggregate.

Management Liability, provides up to $20,000,000 any one claim and in the aggregate.

Another objective is to keep this Insurance Programme affordable for all players and this is done by providing basic levels of cover for players and others participating in Football that is not all encompassing. It is recommended by Football NSW that this plan doesn’t replace the need for private health and other insurances and that using the partnership with Gow-Gates, they can be assisted with other insurance related problems.

Football NSW CEO John Tsatsimas briefly explained the importance of Gow-Gates as a long term partner in a statement from Football NSW,

“Football NSW is happy to announce its renewed sponsorship agreement with Gow-Gates for 2023 and 2024,” he said.

“With Gow-Gates celebrating 60 years of being one of the leaders of the industry with innovative and cost-effective insurance broking solutions across Australia, Football NSW are looking forward to working with Gow-Gates once more.”

Gow-Gates’ Managing Director Anthony Gow-Gates echoed Tstatsimas’ sentiments.

“Having partnered in 2018 with Football NSW, Gow-Gates remain committed to providing the football community with a first-class Sports Insurance Program whilst maintaining the affordability for players registration,” he added via press release.

It is always a huge positive for players and administrators when the partnership is used for their benefit and in this case, basic insurance cover gives them an affordable, baseline way into insuring themselves.

Sport and Recreation Events Funding Program a key investment in Western Australia

Western Australia events are receiving significant support through the Sport and Recreation Events Funding Program 2023-24.

The WA State Government has invested over $630,000 to a host of sporting bodies across a vast number of codes.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • build capacity and capability of the sport and recreation workforce and volunteers to plan, secure and/or deliver quality sport and active recreation events
  • provide opportunities for talented WA athletes, coaches and officials to participate at a national and/or international level in their home environment
  • provide opportunities for the public to participate in sport and/or active recreation events
  • provide opportunities for regional Western Australians to experience and conduct major sporting events and sport development initiatives in a regional location.

The program comprises three categories:

  • event projects (up to $15,000)
  • event hosting (up to $50,000)
  • the Country Sport Enrichment Scheme (up to $30,000).

In Round 1 of the Sport and Recreation Events Funding Program 2023-24, one of the successful applicants was Football West, who ran 2024 Goldfields Regional Festival of Football – a seven-day community engagement event that improved football capacity in the wider Goldfields area. After receiving $24,200, Football West’s main goal is to increase participation in the region.

There is still time to apply for the next round of funding, which closes 5:00pm on February 26, 2024.

For full information and eligibility to apply, you can find it here.

WSL eyeing enormous 150% increase to broadcast rights deal

In a historic first for football in the UK, every single Women’s Super League match is set to be broadcasted live from next season across multiple channels.

The WSL tender document issued to broadcasters this month features all 132 league games, with 56 to be sold exclusively and the remaining 76 available on a non-exclusive basis.

Under the terms of the existing deal that expires at the end of the current season, Sky broadcast 35 matches-a-season and the BBC 22, with the rest streamed for free on the FA’s website.

The tender document is asking for a huge £20 million ($38.48 million) a year TV deal and this 150% increase to the value of its broadcasting deal is far from surprising following the explosion of the women’s game. This figure is set to be confirmed as soon as they can find the right suitors.

In an attempt to gain an increase from the existing £7.75 million ($14.91 million) a year deal, the WSL have responded by making every match available for broadcast, which the league hoped would attract bids from beyond current rights holders Sky Sports and the BBC, It looks to be working.

Sky Sports and the BBC are set to bid again on the rights and extend the current partnership whilst it is said that this potential deal is also attracting networks like TNT Sports and DAZN.

The Premier League and EFL have stood firm on the UEFA blackout that suggests all 3pm Saturday matches are not shown on TV, to encourage locals to attend matches in person. This means the WSL will have to work around it and it is likely that Saturday lunchtime and Sunday afternoons remain as the most common kick-off times.

There is little the WSL are having to do to persuade broadcasters into putting their hands up for these rights, which is a testament to the sport’s current growth and upward trajectory it is trending towards.

FA Director of Women’s football, Kelly Simmons, explained how important it was to secure this monumental broadcast deal.

“While we’ve been developing this it’s been so hard to sit on it because it’s so exciting for the women’s game. It is transformational,” Simmons said in an interview with Guardian Sport.

“When I first came into this role, we said that we really thought women’s football could really break into the mainstream and this is mainstream, this is prime slots on television, big audiences, week in week out.”

This deal in particular launches women’s football into the mainstream and helps improve the quality of the product which goes a long way to opening the eyes of a huge audience to its impact as a sport and socially.

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