Football NSW and Heartbeat of Football combine to improve heart health

Football NSW and Heartbeat of Football have announced an all-important partnership centred on player welfare and safety, with a focus on heart health.

The alliance will raise awareness about heart health issues, encourage people to make positive health choices, and work to ensure a safe sporting environment for NSW football participants of any age.

Football NSW CEO Stuart Hodge acknowledged the importance of the wider heart health issue and the vital role HOF has played.

“Hundreds of thousands of participants will take the football field on a weekly basis so it is absolutely paramount that our community understands the issue and can take preventative actions to protect themselves and their families,” he said.

“What Andy [Paschalidis] and the HOF team have achieved has been fantastic, and we are proud to have supported them in recent years.

“This partnership reinforces our commitment to providing the best possible health and safety resources and programs to the entire Football NSW family.

“We look forward to working with them on some exciting campaigns and initiatives over the coming years.”

HOF Founder Andy Paschalidis was appreciative of FNSW’s support in ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience that allows footballers to participate safely in the game for as long as possible.

“HOF has enjoyed the support of Football NSW from the start of our journey in 2016,” he said.

“With the last two interrupted seasons, it is now more important than ever for the key heart health messages, activities, and support to reach more people.

“This partnership evolves our relationship to grow and more widely serve the welfare of the football community in NSW – saving lives together.”

A ‘Rescue Ready Campaign’ has been initiated between both organisations that will help ensure clubs are ready and informed should they be required to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

Both Football NSW and HOF will also be co-funding heart health testing at this Sunday’s ‘Festival of Football’ between Sydney Olympic and APIA Leichhardt FC.

Taking place at Belmore Sports Ground, with gates opening at 9:30am, the day will see the two iconic National Premier Leagues NSW clubs go head-to-head with the Under 20s, senior Men’s and Women’s and a special Legends match.

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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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