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Football Queensland expands staff in Whitsunday Coast

Football Queensland has announced the appointment of two new team members on the Whitsunday Coast, continuing their push to bolster staff.

Football Queensland has announced the appointment of two new team members on the Whitsunday Coast, continuing their push to bolster staff in regional parts of the state.

The first new addition is Darren Thomas, who will join as Club Development Ambassador – Whitsunday Coast.

Thomas’ main role will be to work with clubs in the region to strengthen player and coach development. He is currently completing a Masters Degree in Sports Coaching, has over 20 years of teaching experience and extensive football experience as a professional player in the UK, as well as being a leading youth coach at a number of clubs and schools throughout Queensland.

The second addition to the Football Queensland team is Daniel Khoury, who has been appointed as Manager – Whitsunday Coast.

Khoury will work closely with Whitsunday Coast clubs to support the growth and development of the game, whilst overseeing the day-to-day football operations in the region. He has experience in operational logistics and customer service, as well as being the former Operations Manager at Brisbane City FC.

FQ Northern Region General Manager, Declan Carnes:

“On behalf of Football Queensland, I’m delighted to welcome Daniel and Darren to the team in what is a major boost for football throughout the Whitsunday Coast region,” he said,

“Both Daniel and Darren bring valuable experience, passion and knowledge of the game and are excited to get started in the coming days as we work to deliver an increased level of support for participants and clubs on the Whitsunday Coast.

“Based in Mackay, their appointment will complement the work of the existing team members across the Northern regions, including Football Australia/AFC Pro License holder and coach educator Michael Edwards who joined Football Queensland in January of last year to strengthen player, coach and club development.”

Both new team members will commence their duties with Football Queensland in the coming days.

Football Tasmania welcomes further $3.5m Valley Road commitment

Football Tasmania has welcomed Tuesday’s announcement by the Liberal Party that it will commit $3.5 million towards the redevelopment of Valley Road if elected after May 21.

Announced by Member for Braddon, Gavin Pearce, the funding would allow Devonport Strikers to complete Stage One of its redevelopment of Valley Road, including increased seating, lighting and pitch upgrades, as well as refurbished clubroom and kitchen facilities.

The funding would be in addition to the State Government funding committed to Valley Road to give the venue the best chance of being selected to host 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup basecamps.

Football Tasmania CEO Matt Bulkeley thanked Pearce for supporting the growth of football in Devonport and the north west coast.

“As the home of one of the state’s most successful clubs in Devonport Strikers, Valley Road is an iconic Tasmanian football venue and the premier facility on the north-west coast,” Bulkeley told Football Tasmania.

“Football continues to go from strength-to-strength in the region, and these upgrades will help the venue keep pace, allowing for further growth of the game in Devonport and surrounds.

“Improved facilities will also put Valley Road in contention to host A-League men’s and women’s games, which would be a great and deserved addition to the north-west sporting calendar.

“On behalf of the Tasmanian football community I thank Mr Pearce for this commitment.

“Sporting upgrades such as this bring so much to the community and we encourage Labor to follow suit to ensure the growth of football continues on the north-west regardless of the election result.”

DAZN Canada secures exclusive rights to UEFA national team matches

Global sports streaming platform DAZN has announced a multi-year, exclusive rights deal for its Canadian arm to stream the UEFA Nations League, European Qualifiers and International friendlies for the next six years.

The deal will come into effect from June 1 this year and runs until 2028, streaming the following competitions:

  • UEFA Nations League 2022/23, 2024/25, and 2026/27 inc. UEFA Nations League Finals 2023, 2025 and 2027
  • European Qualifiers to UEFA EURO 2024 and UEFA EURO 2028
  • European Qualifiers to 2026 FIFA World Cup
  • International Friendlies
  • Finalissima Match in 2022 and 2024

DAZN Canada currently streams the English Premier League, the UEFA Champions League, Major League Soccer, and other sports including the United States’ Major Football League and various combat sports.

The deal includes a minimum of 57 national team matches between now and 2028 for top European nations including England, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and France.

“We’re excited to bring more soccer to DAZN subscribers in Canada via another package of premium UEFA competitions,” Norm Lem, SVP, DAZN Canada told dazn.com.

“Alongside both UEFA Men’s and Women’s Champions League as well as UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League, this multitude of UEFA National Team matches will give fans an even bigger library of live soccer to enjoy on DAZN in Canada.”

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