Football NSW Club Facility Project Plan available to clubs seeking grant assistance

FNSW Grant

With Football NSW forced into cancelling the remaining seasons due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns, clubs have been encouraged to utilise Football NSW’s Club Facility Project Plan to assist in attaining government support.

Since its introduction by Football NSW two years ago, the Club Facility Project Plan has proven to be hugely beneficial for clubs and associations across the state.

The project plan was set up to provide football clubs with assistance in planning and collating infrastructure projects in preparation for obtaining grant funding.

Community sporting clubs across NSW are constantly searching for grant funding to help improve infrastructure or services at their club. The past two years has seen the project plan paying dividends in earning successful grants for football clubs seeking to upgrade their respective facilities.

With football activity officially cancelled in NSW due to COVID-19, the opportunity is there for club administrators to utilise the Club Facility Project Plan to see where they can gain much needed grants to up-keep their facilities.

The template is divided into 2 sections; Section 1: Club Information and Section 2: Project Details.

Section 1 includes general club information, including contact details, background of the club and general facility information. For clubs who do not have this data collected in one space, the Section 1 document will provide clubs with the opportunity to collate this information into one concise document.

Section 2 includes detailed information on a specific infrastructure project that the club is looking to obtain funding for. If a club has multiple infrastructure projects, then Section 2 should be completed for each individual project.

Daniel Ristic, Football NSW Manager Government Relations, Funding and Infrastructure, encouraged clubs to take up the opportunity provided by the Club Facility Project Plan.

“This template will allow clubs to collect data and information on their specific infrastructure project well in advance of a grant submission,” he said.

“By completing the Club Facility Project Plan clubs will have the bulk of most grant applications written and documentation collated, saving the club valuable time when a grant officially opens.”

The Club Facility Project Plan can be accessed here.

Acun Medya Group secures Hull City takeover

EFL Championship side Hull City AFC has been purchased by Turkish production company Acun Medya Group, headed by Acun Ilicali.

EFL Championship side Hull City AFC has been purchased by Turkish production company Acun Medya Group, for a fee in the reported region of $37 million AUD.

Acun Ilicali, a 52-year-old businessman and owner of Acun Medya Group, was introduced to fans at the MKM Stadium prior to the club’s 2-0 win at home over Blackburn Rovers.

The takeover brings the controversial ownership of the Allam family to an end, much to the delight of fans after a roller coaster 11 years in charge.

Despite overseeing two promotions to the Premier League, an FA Cup Final and Hull’s first-ever foray into a European competition through the UEFA Europa League in 2014, the Allam family became increasingly unpopular with the fans.

The unpopularity of the Allam family is due to many different reasons, however it all started when the family proposed a name change to ‘Hull Tigers’ back in 2013. The move was ultimately blocked by authorities a year later, which frustrated the Allams and they then put the club up for sale, straining the relationship with fans and seeing a decline in attendances at home fixtures.

The new ownership will look to win back supporters and turn the negative tide.

Acun Medya Group Owner, Acun Ilicali:

“I am happy that I have fulfilled one of my biggest dreams. We are starting a beautiful journey with Hull City. We have many big dreams and goals to achieve together with our fans,” he said.

Outgoing Vice-Chairman Ehab Allam:

“During our tenure, we have worked hard to create a sustainable model and successful academy set-up, giving the club the foundations it needs for the future,” he said.

“There have been lots of ups and downs over the last 11 years or so, but we will take some very fond memories with us… We have taken a very business-led approach to running the club and I truly hope Acun can rebuild the relationship with the fanbase and also bring back the success on the pitch that fans crave and deserve.”

INSPIRE FC announce 2022 Grassroots Coaching Conference

INSPIRE FC, established by the Northern Suburbs Football Association (NSFA), have announced their Grassroots Coaching Conference for 2022.

INSPIRE FC have announced their Grassroots Coaching Conference for 2022.

INSPIRE FC was established by the Northern Suburbs Football Association (NSFA) with the focus of delivering best-practice coach education, support and development to the 1,200 coaches in the region.

The INSPIRE FC Grassroots Coaching Conference 2022 aims to provide grassroots coaches access to world class coach development opportunities, centred around the theme of ‘coaching to inspire a love of football’.

The INSPIRE FC platform has been built to support Australian grassroots football coaches as they begin, develop, and take their next steps in their coaching journey. The platform and content is aimed at grassroots coaches, from ‘the last to step back’, those with a few years’ experience and to those that are aspirational in their coaching.

The NSFA will provide the knowledge, behaviours, and activities for coaches to create safe, organised, enjoyable and engaging environment for their players.

The conference will be the launch event for INSPIRE FC at the start of the Australian grassroots football season, providing conference subscribers the perfect launch pad for the season ahead and enabling users to revisit content and educational workshops throughout the year.

The INSPIRE FC platform endeavours to become the ‘Netflix of coach development’, giving users access to over 100 videos to support them on their journey.

The Conference will take place on March 19 2022, with a start time of 9am Sydney time and concluding at 3:30pm. Following the conclusion of the online event, all of the conference footage will be available to watch on-demand for all ticket holders.

The conference will be hosted by media personalities Daniel Garb and Niav Owens, with Chelsea FC coach Emma Hayes confirmed as a keynote speaker.

For further information around speakers please follow this link.

Secure your early bird tickets for $45, before the early bird pricing closes on February 1. After this date, the general admission cost of the Conference will be $55 for your ticket.

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