Football Queensland looks to the future with ‘2020+’ paper

Football Queensland have released their ‘Future of Football 2020+’ consultation paper, which looks to engage all stakeholders in shaping the future of the game in the sunshine state.

In the coming weeks and months, FQ will host a number of virtual town hall meetings, webinars, interviews and other consultation sessions to gather feedback from the Queensland football community.

Last week, the governing body claimed participants will have the chance to have their say on four key areas of the game; governance, competitions, affordability and administration.

“Following last week’s announcement and months of development, we’re thrilled to release our Future of Football 2020+ consultation paper as we embark on this ground-breaking process,” FQ Chief Executive Officer Robert Cavallucci said.

“Over the next six months, we’re inviting every member of the Queensland football community to help shape the future direction of the sport in our state and have their say on how we lead the game, run the game, play the game and fund the game across Queensland beyond 2020.

“We want everyone to feel empowered and engaged so that together we can unlock the opportunity in our game, by strengthening the governance and delivery of affordable football across the state.

“Built around a range of platforms, our passionate members will be able to share their input through club summits…surveys, focus groups and more.

“This is a big moment for football in Queensland and we look forward to working with the community to ensure a bright future for our game in the years to come,” Cavallucci concluded in a statement on Thursday.

According to the paper, after months of scheduled consultation meetings, an implementation plan will begin by October of this year.

More information on the consultation process, as well as further updates on the governing body’s plan, can be found here.

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.

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