Football Queensland announces referee academy panel

Football Queensland have confirmed the 33 members who will be a part of the panel of the newly-established state referee academy.

The match officials will receive training and guidance from experienced coaches in the sunshine state, in a two year-mentorship which focuses on technical, physical and professional development.

“On behalf of Football Queensland I’d like to congratulate the 33 referees selected for the new Football Queensland Referee Academy,” FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci said.

“Since the release of the Strategic Plan we’ve been working hard to improve development opportunities for match officials across Queensland, and we’re proud of the investments and progress FQ have made in that time with the introduction of a range of new referee initiatives.

“It is fantastic to see referees from eight of our zones selected for the inaugural Referee Academy panel, and we’re hopeful that the Academy will provide a pathway for young aspiring match officials from around the state in the years to come,” he concluded.

“The 33 Queenslanders selected to join the Referee Academy in 2020 are all aged between 16 and 22 and have already displayed great potential as match officials,” FQ State Referee Manager Jacqui Hurford said.

“I’m looking forward to seeing them refine their skills under the guidance of the experienced Referee Academy coaches, and I wish them all the best as they join our new Referee Academy.”

The members of the inaugural referee academy panel are listed below.

2020 Referee Academy Panel

Jasmine Bremner Football Brisbane
Taylor Barsby Football Brisbane
Jack Powers Football Brisbane
Oliver Lusa Football Brisbane
Fynnley Leonards Football Brisbane
Rowan Nicholls Football Central Queensland
Lily Storch Football Central Queensland
Bailey Love Football Central Queensland
Thomas Perna Football Central Queensland
Alex Johnson Football Gold Coast
Mitchell Booth Football Gold Coast
Anthony Barnaba Football Gold Coast
Blake Vuksan Football Queensland
Ethan Purdon Football Queensland
Ryan Clarke Football Queensland
Declan Woods Football Queensland
Kirralee Bronkhurst Football South West
Joel Essex Football South West
Lachlan Montgomery Football South West
Riley Arnold Football Wide Bay
Abby Irvine Football Wide Bay
Joshua Dogao Mackay Regional Football Zone
Harlee Carey Mackay Regional Football Zone
Raoul Mackenzie Mackay Regional Football Zone
Safat Page Malau-Aduli North Queensland Football
Senfat Paula Malau-Aduli North Queensland Football
Mark Siandri North Queensland Football
Jethro Owens North Queensland Football (FNQ)
William Obern North Queensland Football (FNQ)
Louise Merritt Sunshine Coast Football
Luca Ferroussat Sunshine Coast Football
Henrik Flynn Sunshine Coast Football
Charlee Lawson Sunshine Coast Football
Philip Panas is a sports journalist with Soccerscene. He reports widely on football policy and industry matters, drawing on his knowledge and passion of the game.

Sydney FC members to pick and choose membership packs in 2021/22

Sydney FC has introduced an Aussie-first membership platform, with members to gain more control over the customisation of their membership packs.

Sydney FC has introduced an Australian-first membership platform, with members to gain more control over the customisation of their membership packs.

The club and its membership products provider, TPF Sports, will greatly increase member satisfaction and reduce environmental impact. Sydney FC members who sign up for the 2021/22 season will have credits put onto their accounts, allowing them to choose from a variety of Membership card designs and, depending on their package, a variety of personalised items.

Each merchandising item may be customised with different colours and names, allowing for unique bundles based on age, gender, product choice, artwork style, personalisation, years of tender, and a variety of other factors.

Sydney FC Chief Executive Officer Danny Townsend hailed the announcement as a big step forward for how the club engages with its members.

“Our new eMber+ platform is a huge step forward and once again Sydney FC is proud to be leading the way in Member engagement,” he said via a club statement,” he said.

“Gone are the days of receiving the same standard Membership pack as everyone else.

“Now you can tailor your package to suit your preferences and how you wish to support the Sky Blues.

“There’s a fantastic range of customisable merchandise available and I know I’m looking forward to my delivery in the coming weeks.”

TPF Sports Director Craig Dyer explains the move is a worldwide first and one of the benefits of the move would be the reduced environmental impact of membership packs, thanks largely in part to the fact that members will only receive merchandise they actually want.

“There are iterations of loyalty and rewards platforms globally,” he said.

“But to the best of our knowledge from 18 to 20 months of development and research, we believe this is the first-ever platform of its kind and certainly the first for sport and membership-based programs.

“Our vision in developing the platform is to revolutionise the long-standing pre-determined assignment of resources to Members by assigning credit. This allows them to redeem merchandise and entitlements they deem relevant to them.

“This platform also has a strong environmental slant, as we are only supplying merchandise and delivering this merchandise to Members who want to redeem it.

“Additionally, almost every product is on-demand, meaning we receive Members’ selection based on products and artwork, print them with selected artwork and personalisation, pick, pack and fulfil directly to the Members door.”

Football NSW grants webinar to aid clubs and associations


Football NSW in conjunction with ‘The Grants Guy’ are set to premiere a free Grants Zoom online webinar next Wednesday (September 22) at 6:30pm – 7:30pm.

FNSW clubs and associations will be provided with valuable information through the grants webinar, especially for applying for funding which have assisted many teams in the past in their pursuit of seeking facility upgrades amongst various other beneficial elements.

The webinar will provide a practical guide to grant writing for any football club seeking to attain funding by applying for the Greater Cities Sport Facility Fund and the Regional Sport Facility Fund in particular.

Both grants will be explained through the practical step by step webinar, and guidance will be provided as to how to apply for the Grants.

The following topics will be discussed:

  • How to apply for the grant – the do’s and don’ts
  • Eligibility & Answering the Question
  • Project Assessment, Evaluation, Rationale, Methodology
  • Budget & Acquittal
  • Getting Grant Ready and Planning your Club’s Application

For the Greater Cities and Regional Sport Facility Fund, the second and final round of the $100 million grant is available, with grants of up to $1 million offered to sport and recreation organisations and councils.

In Round 2, up to $46 million is available for projects that improve sports facilities and recreational spaces and enable more people to participate in sport and active recreation.

Grants from $100,000 up to $1 million are available for a range of projects including lighting, amenity buildings, clubrooms, change rooms and grandstands.

Round 1 resulted in $54 million awarded for 91 projects, with over $10 million awarded to football projects.

Round 2 is the final round of the program with applications closing at 12pm, on October 8, 2021.

Register for the webinar today by clicking here.

For any further questions please contact Football NSW’s Government Relation, Infrastructure and Funding Manager Daniel Ristic via email on danielr@footballfacilities.com.au.

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