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

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.

FIFPRO Asia/Oceania partake in productive divisional assembly in Singapore

FIFPRO Asia/Oceania engaged in positive talks at the divisional assembly in Singapore for new ambitious strategies for Asian football.

The assembly involved a dialogue between interested sponsors and shareholders with the representatives of 10 Asian FIFAPRO member, candidate, and observer unions.

On the first day, the assembly discussed the central piece of future movements with the FIFPRO Asia/Oceania 2023-2026 strategic framework which allows for streamlining of the collective unions’ player-centred practices and plans.

This included each of the unions presenting effective strategies with the assembly and open discussion on how to improve past strategies that have struggled to enhance the player’s experience and the sports industry.

The second day placed certain player representatives and association shareholders in conversation over a more collaborative focus on the structure of Asian football going into the 2025-26 season.

Importantly, data from the FIFAPRO initiative ‘The Asian Champions League Report’ and other competitions including the AFC Asian Cup, AFC Women’s Club Championship and Olympic Qualifiers were used as first-hand evidence of ways in which more player-based management of football will be beneficial in the new strategies.

The growth of the ever-important tech industry in the sport was evident at the FIFPRO Asia/Oceania Player IQ Tech Summit.

Especially the potential for player data capturing in the industry, this summit highlighted how the profitable sector can work well with improving unions’ data research to influence policy and can further elevate their voice within the confederation.

For football, a stronger dialogue between the player’s unions and their respective Asian football institutions and investors will be able to create a more concise strategy for the future p where shareholders can engage in more business advancement while still allowing the players to have an important say in the way in which the game is going.

As Asia itself is such a strong region in the growth of entrepreneurs and business, it is only obvious that connecting this industry with the tradition of player power will be a massive opportunity.

This assemblies focus was accurately outlined by the FIFPRO Asia/Oceania chairperson Takuya Yamazaki.

“Our collective challenge is to design an industry that aligns the collective interests of all stakeholders, rather than continuing with the current hierarchical model which largely defines global football,” he said via media release.

“As football in the region continues to evolve, the division’s role, and the players’ voice, will only become more important, and that’s where our strategic framework provides a clear vision for our current and future work.”

These assemblies reiterate how strong professional leagues where strategies are impacted by players and their unions are profitable and beneficial for the association’s shareholders.

Football Coaches Australia presents: The Modern Requirements of Midfield players

Football Coaches Australia (FCA), together with renowned UEFA Pro Licence Coach Martin Hunter, will host the online event: The Modern Requirements of Midfield players (Technically/Tactically/Physically/Mentally).

Held from 7:30pm AEST on Monday, May 20, the online event will focus on the essential skills and qualities needed for a midfielder to succeed in today’s game.

Split into four key elements that make up midfield play, attendees will learn about the technical skills needed to excel on the field, the tactical awareness required to control the game, the physical attributes necessary to dominate the midfield, and the mental toughness needed to thrive under pressure.

Martin is one of the best coach educators in the game, with his internationally acknowledged coaching and football management expertise that has helped to develop players, coaches and managers.

He is also vastly experienced at professional club and national governing body levels as Director of Coaching and National Coach – which has seen him develop coaching and scouting systems used in national and international models of excellence.

Martin has worked at Southampton FC in a variety of roles that included Technical Director, as well as Watford FC, Norwich FC and Stoke City as First Team Coach. He was involved in the English FA as a Coaching Mentor and a Regional Coach and has consulted widely throughout Europe.

This online session will contribute 1 hour of FA approved CPD and is free for FCA members.

This is an opportunity not to be missed to dominate the middle of the park.

You can register via the link here: https://ow.ly/zWxn50RCY0l

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