Football Queensland invests in key referee initiatives

Football Queensland’s investment into referees across the state has led to the development of multiple initiatives and appointments within the past year.

The governing body has committed funds towards raising standards and increasing the number of registered officials, whilst also strengthening pathways and support measures.

“FQ recognises that the quality and number of referees we have at all levels in Queensland is imperative to the overall participation experience and growth of the game,” FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci said.

“The progressive initiatives implemented since last November have contributed to excellent progress, with an encouraging 9.6% increase in registrations already recorded in 2020, but we know there is more important work ahead to realise our Strategic Plan target of reaching 2,200 referees by 2022.

“With more development coordinators, appointment coordinators and quality coaches now supporting our match officials, particularly in regional areas, we’re heading in the right direction.”

Initiatives introduced before and during this season include the introduction of the teal shirt, pink armband and first year referee pack.

New education and communication methods have been created, with 16 referee coaching sessions already conducted in 2020.

The FQ Referee Academy, launched in July of this year, is also an important program for those building towards a professional career.

“It’s an exciting time to be a referee in Queensland,” FQ State Referee Manager Jacqui Hurford said.

“We have always produced top-quality referees and there are now more support measures than ever to keep everyone from the grassroots up fully engaged and passionate about what they do.

“FQ’s care for personal wellbeing and development with initiatives like RefLIVE and the e-learning platform is especially important at the moment.

“We look forward to that having a positive effect on retention and registration growth over the next couple of years.”

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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.

Newcastle Jets’ new owners add key pieces for upcoming season

Newcastle Jets’ new owners, Maverick Sports Partners, have hired Ken Schembri as General Manager of Football and Ben Hawes as General Manager of Commercial, Digital and Marketing for this upcoming season.

The appointment of Schembri and Hawes reaffirms Maverick Sports Partners’ intent to invest in high-quality resources, which should excite Newcastle fans for this upcoming season.

Schembri had previously worked with the reigning champions, the Central Coast Mariners, being an essential part of establishing the Central Coast Mariners Football Academy and their Centre of Excellence when he joined in 2014.

Schembri will manage the A-League Men’s roster, oversee player performance and development, and handle recruitment for all football departments.

The Mariner’s Academy has produced many young and exciting Australian talent including Garang Kuol and Max Balard who have all gone to join clubs in Europe after their time in Gosford. Schembri has most recently played a key role in Central Coast’s recent success as Head of Football.

Maverick Sports Partners Director Maurice Bisetto commented about the new additions.

“We are excited to have both Ken and Ben join the Newcastle Jets team. They will be integral to the strategy and direction of the Club’s New Era, providing expertise and support, on and off the pitch,” said Bisetto in a club statement.

These two joined the Jets after the club were bought by the Australian company only last month.

Hawes has prior experience in Sponsorship, Marketing and Content roles at the National Rugby League, Sportsbet, BlueBet and Sydney FC.

Hawes will focus on expanding and diversifying the clubs commercial revenue streams which includes growing the sponsorship portfolio. He will also deal with commercialising the club’s digital channels as well as implementing new marketing and fan engagement strategies.

Due to these recent moves, Newcastle have the potential to produce exciting Australian talent and grow its brand across the league which will help the club continue to improve both on and off the pitch and ultimately strengthen their stability for future seasons.

Football Coaches Australia and Martyn Buckie team up for ‘Benefits of Micro Coaching Sessions’

Football Coaches Australia (FCA) and Martyn Buckie will host an online session on Monday, July 29 at 7:30pm AEST.

As part of ‘Benefits of Micro Coaching Sessions’, Buckie will present insights on the benefits of micro coaching sessions for children and youth coaches.

Coaches will get a full understanding on what ‘Micro Sessions’ are and how to implement them into training sessions. He will explain the benefits they provide to both players and coaches and how to design effective ‘Micro Session’ practices.

Buckie is currently the ‘Grassroots Coach Education and Development Manager’ with the Scottish Football Association. He is a UEFA A Licence and Scotttish Advanced Children’s Licence holder. In addition, he is also the advanced Children’s Licence Tutor and Course Manager.

He has a wealth of practical coaching experience as Academy Coach at both Stenhousemuir FC and Falkirk FC.

Attendance to this event will qualify for one-hour CPD with Football Australia.

Sign up via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/martyn-buckie-benefits-of-micro-coaching-sessions-tickets-940768212047?aff=oddtdtcreator

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