Football Queensland and Felton Industries team up to launch Facility Guide

Football Queensland (FQ) has launched its Shelter & Grandstands Facility Guide, together with their new partner Felton Industries.

Football Queensland (FQ) has launched its Shelter & Grandstands Facility Guide, together with their new partner Felton Industries.

Felton are FQ’s Official Shelter & Grandstand partner and are the preferred supplier to the football community.

This is the eighth guide now available on the Facilities Hub, demonstrating how FQ continues to drive progress towards the Strategic Infrastructure Plan as we support clubs across the state with meeting demand and building capacity,” FQ President Ben Richardson said. 

In the broader 2020-2022 Strategic PlanFQ identified the need to secure the support of partners who can help deliver on football’s infrastructure needs. 

“That is why we are pleased to welcome another great addition to the Queensland football family in Felton Industries, who have provided a range of shade and seating options suitable for all clubs in the Shelter & Grandstands Facility Guide.” 

The new partnership supports Queensland clubs with better tools to strengthen the overall football experience for their members and spectators.

All sporting clubs in Queensland face sun safety and weather-related challenges at their venues,” FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci said. 

“FQ has addressed this through the Shelter & Grandstands Facility Guide, the newest inclusion among our suite of in-depth resources for clubs, sport and recreation consultants, and local councils. 

“Together with Felton, we are supporting our community with improved access to high-quality, infrastructure that transforms both the spectator experience and the atmosphere at matches.” 

Felton products are designed to cater for the Queensland climate, with purpose-built structures to handle cyclone ratings, withstand saltwater conditions and added portability.

“As Australia’s leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of quality outdoor furniture, we are proud to support the Queensland football community,” National Sales Manager for Felton Industries, Gus White said. 

“We have been supplying premium seating solutions for all educational, community, sporting and commercial environments across Australia for more than 20 years. This expertise is provided in the Shelter & Grandstands Facility Guide. 

We are excited to share this knowledge with Queensland football clubs and look forward to working with them on customising our Australian-made grandstands and shelters to suit their needs.” 

Queensland clubs can obtain a $100 voucher by signing up to the Felton Industries newsletter and can purchase products under the Government’s Instant Asset Write-Off (IAWO) scheme.

You can view the Shelter & Grandstands Facility Guide here.

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Liam Watson is the Co-Founder & Publisher of Soccerscene. He reports widely on football policy, industry matters and technology.

FIFPRO Asia/Oceania report of AFC Champions League assesses the cost of competition for players and clubs

FIFPRO Asia/Oceania has published a report on key financial findings from the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) flagship club competition, the AFC Champions League (ACL).

The report, AFC Champions League Analysis Report: Counting the cost for players and clubs, was produced alongside sporting intelligence agency Twenty First Group (TFG).

This analysis is in response to the announcement of AFC Champions League Elite (ACLE) commencing in July this year, as revealed by the AFC in December 2022.

Based on TFG’s analysis, insights and feedback from participating players and clubs, the report addresses the feasibility of running ACLE with key factors including on-field quality and competitive balance, attendances and fan engagement, economics for clubs and players, travel and workload, competition design, and football development outcomes.

The research undertaken focusses on the value of introducing ACLE, based on the current operations of the ACL.

“This report analyses the merits and drawbacks of the current AFC Champions League based on various data and the results indicate that the merits do not outweigh the drawbacks for most players and clubs, making it an unsustainable system,” FIFPRO Asia/Oceania Chair Takuya Yamazaki outlines in the report.

“However, this does not mean that the future of football in Asia is bleak. On the contrary, we believe that this economically significant region can lead a discussion for truly sustainable competition formats.”

The report is the most comprehensive public analysis of the ACL and includes recommendations for what the AFC should be implementing.

“For players, the development of competitions is central to their employment conditions and future opportunities. As its primary workforce, the players are determined to play their role to shape a sustainable and innovation-driven future for the football sector in Asia,” Yamazaki added.

World Leagues Forum is involved in representing professional football leagues on a global level. General Secretary Jerome Perlemuter explained that collaboration between all stakeholders in the Asian region would help shape and deliver sustainable competitions.

“FIFPRO’s contribution to shaping the future of Asian continental competitions is most welcome,” Perlemuter said.

“Sustainable football development requires confederations, leagues and players to work together with a common objective to shape high potential continental competitions in a consistent global calendar. In this context, it is important to consider economic, geographical and cultural specificities. We look forward to continuing these discussions with FIFPRO and all stakeholders.”

To see the report in full, you can do so here.

Wellington Phoenix team up with Chinese outfit Tianjin Tiger

Wellington Phoenix have partnered with Chinese Super League team Tianjin Tiger to boost football growth in both nations.

As part of the Wellington Phoenix Tianjin Tiger Sister City Friendship, the clubs have agreed to hold an annual encounter between their men’s first teams.

The inaugural Wellington Phoenix F.C. vs. Tianjin Tiger F.C. Sister City Shield match is set to take place in Tianjin this September, with the second in Wellington next year.

The strategic collaboration was formed after Phoenix general manager David Dome visited Tianjin in September as part of a business delegation headed by Wellington Mayor Tory Whanau.

The club hosted a delegation from Tianjin, and the two sides signed the Memorandum of Understanding at the Mayor’s office.

Phoenix general manager David Dome was thrilled with the partnership going through.

“The mayoral delegation to China last year was invaluable and I’m thrilled about this partnership with Tianjin Jinmen Tiger, which will be of benefit to the club on multiple levels,” he said via press release.

“Not only will the men get to play a Chinese Super League side as part of their A-League pre-season each year, but the academy will soon benefit from an influx of footballers from Tianjin.

“We’re looking to grow our academy to have an international component and Tianjin Jinmen have committed to sending some young players to Wellington to attend training camps in July and we’re discussing the possibility of their juniors being part of a new international academy annual programme.

“International students are essential for the secondary and tertiary education sector in Wellington and we are evaluating how an elite international academy focused on football can be part of New Zealand’s international education offering.”

Wellington mayor Tory Whanau added that the city is excited about the opportunity. 

“I’d like to congratulate David Dome and the wider team for the work they’ve done on this MoU,” he stated via press release.

“I’m beyond stoked that the delegation last September has resulted in this MoU between the Wellington Phoenix and Tianjin Jinmen Tiger. 

“The development opportunities for both the clubs will be invaluable to not only football but also our cities.”

The Phoenix are enjoying a successful A-league campaign where they currently sit top of the table 18 games into the season.

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