Football South Australia kicks off Legacy for the 2023 Women’s World Cup

Football South Australia has announced the launch of the ‘Leave A Legacy’ website to coincide with the commemoration of 100 years for women’s football in the nation.

On Friday, September 24, the date marked 100 years since the first women’s football game was played in Brisbane at the Gabba in front of 10,000 spectators in 1921.

In 2020, we saw Australia and New Zealand announced as joint hosts for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023. This upcoming tournament is set to be the biggest Women’s World Cup to be held in history with 32 teams participating, with Adelaide being named as a host city to cater for this.

As a part of their legacy initiative, Football SA’s launch of the website has been developed to showcase the journey to the Women’s World Cup and the Legacy Plan that has been formulated to capitalise on this world event.

The hosting of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 provides football with the unique opportunity to drive profound change for girls and women. The tournament will be used as a platform to drive gender equity and long-term social change not only in football but across the whole sporting community.

Football SA endeavours to do this by unlocking infrastructure to ensure girls and women can participate in a safe and inclusive manner. Growth of participation across all age groups and abilities, whilst recognising the significant contributions that women do make in leading the game, is critical.

“The FIFA Women’s World Cup is one of the world’s biggest events and it provides football with a vehicle to grow the sport in South Australia and drive significant growth and equality across all areas of the game,” Football SA Chief Executive Officer Michael Carter said.

“The website has been established to inform and engage people in this once in a lifetime opportunity and importantly we want to hear from our stakeholders on the legacy that they want to see the World Cup leave for the sport.”

For more information, visit the Leave A Legacy site here.

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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