Football Queensland partners with Veto Sports

Football Queensland have announced Veto Sports as its Official Equipment and Goal Post Partner.

The governing body’s partnership with Veto will connect clubs across Queensland to the company’s extensive range of goal posts and equipment.

FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci believes the new partnership reflects FQ’s commitment to providing a high-quality experience for all participants.

“Veto Sports is a leading provider of safe football equipment across Australia and partnering with Veto will continue to support the growth of football in Queensland while providing exceptional equipment quality for clubs at all levels of the game,” said Cavallucci.

“This new partnership will provide clubs with a range of benefits including access to portable goals, bow-flex products and aluminium mini goals as well as an equipment range covering agility training, free kick men, targets, cones and markers.”

Veto Sports General Manager, Josh McKee, stated that the partnership was an exciting opportunity to provide clubs across Queensland with access to safe, quality goals and equipment.

“Veto Sports takes pride in delivering top quality FIFA approved goals and works with leading manufacturers to ensure we comply with those standards,” said McKee.

“All of our goal posts comply with FIFA, Football Australia and Australian standards including the Australian Standard AS 4866.1-2007, for Moveable Goal Posts.”

Each Veto goal post is made from Marine Grade aluminium and also includes UV resistant nets and treated net clips, to ensure they are durable throughout all types of weather events. Every post comes complete with wheels for easy transportation and a two-year manufacturer’s warranty.

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.

Football Victoria appoints Chris Pehlivanis as new CEO

Chris Pehlivanis

Football Victoria (FV) has announced the appointment of Chris Pehlivanis as the organisation’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective January 22, 2024.

Pehlivanis will start the role of FV CEO following his four-year stint as CEO of Western United FC where he steered the club towards success through its infancy, winning an A-League Men Championship in just the third season of the club’s existence.

Under his guidance, Western also attained an A-League Women’s licence and reaching the Grand Final in the inaugural campaign, as well as successfully launching the WUFC Academy to create pathways for junior footballers in the West.

Pehlivanis worked at AFL Club Essendon as their Chief Financial Officer and boasts previous commercial leadership experience in the sports industry.

Pehlivanis expressed his desire to make impactful changes and shared his vision.

“I am honoured to be appointed CEO of Football Victoria. My vision to empower clubs, grow pathways, invest in infrastructure, establish a more connected football pyramid, and take the next steps in achieving 50:50 equity strongly aligns with the goals of the FV Board of Directors,” he said in a statement.

“Participation and interest in football has never been higher. It’s crucial for our organisation to evolve and find innovative ways to sustain the momentum in 2024 and beyond.”

Football Victoria President Antonella Caré expressed her excitement at the potential for the future under new CEO Chris Pehlivanis.

“We are thrilled to welcome Chris to Football Victoria. His leadership, strategic vision and deep understanding of our game make him the ideal CEO to take our organisation forward,” she added via media release.

“Chris has built an outstanding reputation for his professionalism and people-centric approach. He is a visionary who shares our core values and is passionate about building an inclusive, equitable and strong football ecosystem in Victoria.”

FV Director Nick Vamvakas was responsible for the intensive recruitment campaign they held and spoke about the decision to choose Pehlivanis for the future of football in the state.

“We spoke with more than 70 candidates directly and conducted multiple rounds of interviews. Ultimately, Chris was appointed based on his incredible track record as a sports administrator, his thorough understanding of the football landscape and his genuine desire to champion Football Victoria’s core values.” Vamvakas added via a statement.

Football Victoria went through a very lengthy recruitment process with a total of 111 submissions received, with FV targeting candidates from a broad range of professional backgrounds.

Football Victoria say that applicants were put through a series of interviews with alternate directors ensuring integrity was maintained throughout each recruitment phase.

Chris Pehlivanis replaces Interim CEO Karen Pearce OAM who will continue her role as Executive Manager Equity, Growth and Inclusion.

The decision was formally made at the Football Victoria Annual General Meeting on December 11.

Brisbane Roar collaborating with Fork’n Easy for 2023/24 season

Brisbane Roar and Fork n Easy

Brisbane Roar announced a partnership with food supplier Fork’n Easy to provide ready-made meals for both the Men’s and Women’s A-League squads in season 2023/24.

Fork’n Easy have joined in order to help out the Roar players and to ensure they are ready to perform at their best. They provide an effortless way to enjoy nutritious meals, especially for the busy schedule that the players and staff endure throughout the season.

Fork’n Easy are an Australian owned company that started in 2018 and they’re based in Brisbane with a goal to make food easy for Australians. They deliver to QLD, NSW, VIC and ACT.

Former footballer and Co-Founder of Fork’n Easy, Jayden Prasad, is proud to be partnering with Brisbane Roar for the 2023/24 season.

“We are dedicated to delivering winning meals both on and off the pitch. We look forward to fuelling the A-League Men and A-League Women this coming season,” Prasad said in a statement.

Brisbane Roar COO Zac Anderson was also excited by what this will mean for the players and staff.

“Brisbane Roar look forward to the partnership with a dedicated and high-quality company like Fork’n Easy, to cater for both our A-League Women and Men this upcoming season. It’s crucial our players & coaching staff have access to nutritious meals to assist them in achieving our club’s objectives,” he added via Roar press release.

Brisbane Roar have started the season off strongly with 10 pts in five games and look to really improve off last season’s disappointing 8th place finish.

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