Football Queensland set to decrease registration fees

Football Queensland have announced that the cost of administering football in the state is set to drop, as a direct result of the Future of Football 2020+ reforms initiated by the member federation.

In what comes as positive news for the state’s footballers, governing body fees for every participant will be reduced and more than 500 teams in community competitions across the state will see their fees halved.

Football Queensland President Ben Richardson confirmed that governing body registration fees would be reduced in every region and the registration process would be simpler for participants.

“As promised, the once-in-a-generation Future of Football 2020+ reforms have resulted in the reduction of governing body registration fees throughout Queensland,” Richardson said.

“Affordability was one of the four key areas we outlined in our Reform Process Implementation Plan, which was published in our Recommendations Paper in March.

“Football Queensland has delivered on this promise, implementing a streamlined approach to service delivery across the state, reducing duplication and unnecessary administrative costs by more than $1 million.

“Previously, participants paid a Football Queensland registration fee as well as a zone fee. Now, the zone fee has been eliminated and nearly 50 different tiers of zone registration fees have been reduced to just three across Queensland: MiniRoos, Juniors and Seniors.

“In regional Queensland, there will be no increase to team licence fees even as clubs transition from their local Premier Leagues to the new, connected FQPL system.

“One of the key outcomes of the reform process is that all revenue from regional venue fees and Zone Legacy Funds will be retained locally to support the delivery of regional infrastructure upgrades, facility costs and improved local services.

“The pandemic has created difficulties across the Australian football economy, but here in Queensland we are proud to have lowered the cost of football while delivering record participation growth.”

FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci outlined that the reduction in registration fees has been complemented by the recruitment of key personnel to service regional participants.

“At the centre of this reform process is a commitment to continue to grow the game and lowering the cost of football for participants, with a focus on delivering better services to our football community,” Cavallucci said.

“Moving to a streamlined administrative model has reduced unnecessary layers of administration, allowing Football Queensland to make strategic investments to bolster local service delivery.

“Football Queensland staff from across the state have embraced the new, more agile organisational structure which places participants at the heart of everything we do.

“2021 has been a pivotal year in this critical reform process and we look forward to working with the football community in 2022 as we continue to unite the game in Queensland.”

PARTICIPANT CATEGORY    2022 REGISTRATION FEE (including GST)   
MiniRoos    $50   
Juniors    $66   
Seniors    $130   

Football Australia’s National Registration Fee ($14 for Juniors, $33 for Seniors, $67.75 for Professional) will remain the same in 2022.

Newcastle Jets secure A-League future with new owners confirmed

Newcastle Jets have confirmed Maverick Sports Partners as the Club’s new owners. This ownership, subject to final approval from the APL and Football Australia, will launch a “new era” for the Jets under MSP ownership.

This massive announcement comes not long after Australian Professional Leagues chairman Stephen Conroy failed to guarantee Newcastle’s future only three months ago.

The statement said that Maverick Sports Partners have confirmed an agreement to acquire the Newcastle Jets Football Club and are now deeply focused on implementing their plans to bring long term stability and success to this Club.

The Group lead by experienced sports administrator Maurice Bisetto who played a major part in the establishment of Western United FC in the A-Leagues.

Maverick Sports Group is an Australian sports consortium based out of Wetherhill Park in Sydney’s South-West.

Newcastle Jets CEO Shane Mattiske confirmed the significant news.

“Today is a hugely significant day for this Club and this community, as we confirm Maverick Sports Partners as the new owners of the Jets,” said Mattiske in a club statement.

“Over the last three years, we have built a strong foundation for the future of this football club, and it is exciting to be beginning a new era with incoming owners who believe in the opportunity that exists with this Club, with this community and with football as a whole.

“Throughout our process, Maurice Bisetto, the consortium representative, and his partners have demonstrated a deep understanding of football and how to bring success. They also understand this community and their plans are very much aligned with the work that is already underway. I know the Group will bring positive new thinking, new connections and a wealth of experience that will drive the growth of this Club moving forward.

“With this transition to a permanent ownership structure, it is important to acknowledge the support that the outgoing ownership group has provided to the Club over the last three and a half years. These owners believed in the importance of this Club to this community and to the A-Leagues’ competition as a whole.

“They have played a hugely significant role in the history of this Club and on behalf of all fans and stakeholders of the Jets I want to acknowledge the commitment and contribution they have made to us all. Their huge support of this Club will forever be remembered.”

Maverick Sports Partners Director Maurice Bisetto is determined to connect with the Newcastle, Hunter Valley and Northern NSW Community.

“We believe in this Club, the A-Leagues and its players and we’re determined to build success for the Jets and this region,” said Bisetto in a statement.

“We have been impressed by the strength of football here in this region. We know there is a strong historical fanbase and a strong participation base here and we want to bring all of these people together for our Men’s and Women’s games.

“Our team at Maverick Sports Partners are absolutely committed to, and very excited, about the opportunity that exists here at the Newcastle Jets. We see this as the beginning of a new era for the Newcastle Jets and look forward to building a truly great Club with the support of this community.”

This news is huge for the league and the Jets financially, with the club no longer being a financial responsibility for the four other A-League clubs that funded them (Sydney FC, Western Sydney, Western United and Wellington Phoenix).

The Jets can easily recruit players and rebuild to become a stronger unit on the field whilst securing stability off it, and the foundation A-League club with a healthy fanbase and great location can continue to exist.

Iconic Lambert Park re-opens after $2m refurbishment

Lambert Park, home of the APIA Leichardt Football Club, officially re-opened on the weekend after a successful $2m refurbishment.

The extensive investment for the iconic local club includes:

– Replacement of the all-weather playing surface

– Improved drainage

– New concrete edge, stairs and fencing around the perimeter

– Improved access with a new ramp to allow access on the field

The ground is gradually improving to become one of the premier NPL surfaces in the country and this is another one of many recent upgrades helped by the commitment of the Inner West Council.

Currently the ground has two main stands on either side of the playing surface. In the southern stands, there are dressing room facilities, a social club with views of the game, press facilities and media facilities.

On Sunday, the new look Lambert Park was the home for the APIA Leichardt vs Gladesville Ravens NPL Women’s game, and the day was spent in celebration of the refurbishment, as the club organised an event.

The event included an official ceremony by Inner West Council pre-game, free ice cream and activations which drew a decent crowd to the game.

APIA posted an update regarding Sunday’s re-opening.

“Lambert Park was filled with Maroon and Blue as over 400 predominantly female footballers celebrated the $2 million Lambert Park upgrade,” APIA confirmed on their social media accounts.

“The day was filled with some fantastic football and some great activations and enjoyed by all.

“The clubs would also like to thank local clubs Balmain & District Football Club, Leichardt Saints and opponents on the day Gladesville Ravens Women’s NPL football for supporting the day.

“It was a special day for football in our community.”

Lambert Park is an iconic ground that has seen some of Australia’s best names start their careers there since it was first used in 1954.

APIA Leichardt Football Club has produced more Matildas and Socceroos than any other club in Australian history.

The ground gets another much deserved upgrade and will continue to host NPL NSW matches across all age groups in both men’s and women’s competitions.

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