Football Tasmania delivering free balls to every Tasmanian junior footballer


Football Tasmania have made significant strides in their effort to grow the world game in their region, by delivering free balls to every registered junior player.

The mammoth task has been undertaken by Football Tasmania’s staff over recent weeks, with the aim of increasing access to football for youngsters across the state.

Students of Dominic College were just some of the junior participants to benefit from the new initiative. Bulkeley, along with MyState Bank General Manager of People and Culture, Janelle Whittle, were recently on hand to give out the free balls to grateful members of the school.

Football Tasmania CEO Matt Bulkeley was excited to see the roll out come to fruition, created in partnership with MyState Bank.

“As Tasmania’s most popular team sport and with junior clubs and school teams in all corners of the state, getting a ball out to every player hasn’t been easy, but the reception we’ve received has definitely made it worthwhile,” Bulkeley said.

“The kids love receiving a ball to practice their skills in the off-season and share the world game with friends and family outside of organised matches and training.

“We’ve had more junior players than ever before this year and we’re looking forward to this number growing further as excitement builds for the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.”

Whittle added the organisation felt privileged to be able to give back to the community and promote healthy habits through active participation.

“Tasmania is a vibrant state, where dedicated, talented people in the community achieve great things every day and MyState Bank is proud to support and encourage them through our many community projects and initiatives,” Whittle said.

“We’re delighted to help Tasmanian children stay active and healthy through this initiative and help them build a lifelong love for the world game.”

Acun Medya Group secures Hull City takeover

EFL Championship side Hull City AFC has been purchased by Turkish production company Acun Medya Group, headed by Acun Ilicali.

EFL Championship side Hull City AFC has been purchased by Turkish production company Acun Medya Group, for a fee in the reported region of $37 million AUD.

Acun Ilicali, a 52-year-old businessman and owner of Acun Medya Group, was introduced to fans at the MKM Stadium prior to the club’s 2-0 win at home over Blackburn Rovers.

The takeover brings the controversial ownership of the Allam family to an end, much to the delight of fans after a roller coaster 11 years in charge.

Despite overseeing two promotions to the Premier League, an FA Cup Final and Hull’s first-ever foray into a European competition through the UEFA Europa League in 2014, the Allam family became increasingly unpopular with the fans.

The unpopularity of the Allam family is due to many different reasons, however it all started when the family proposed a name change to ‘Hull Tigers’ back in 2013. The move was ultimately blocked by authorities a year later, which frustrated the Allams and they then put the club up for sale, straining the relationship with fans and seeing a decline in attendances at home fixtures.

The new ownership will look to win back supporters and turn the negative tide.

Acun Medya Group Owner, Acun Ilicali:

“I am happy that I have fulfilled one of my biggest dreams. We are starting a beautiful journey with Hull City. We have many big dreams and goals to achieve together with our fans,” he said.

Outgoing Vice-Chairman Ehab Allam:

“During our tenure, we have worked hard to create a sustainable model and successful academy set-up, giving the club the foundations it needs for the future,” he said.

“There have been lots of ups and downs over the last 11 years or so, but we will take some very fond memories with us… We have taken a very business-led approach to running the club and I truly hope Acun can rebuild the relationship with the fanbase and also bring back the success on the pitch that fans crave and deserve.”

INSPIRE FC announce 2022 Grassroots Coaching Conference

INSPIRE FC, established by the Northern Suburbs Football Association (NSFA), have announced their Grassroots Coaching Conference for 2022.

INSPIRE FC have announced their Grassroots Coaching Conference for 2022.

INSPIRE FC was established by the Northern Suburbs Football Association (NSFA) with the focus of delivering best-practice coach education, support and development to the 1,200 coaches in the region.

The INSPIRE FC Grassroots Coaching Conference 2022 aims to provide grassroots coaches access to world class coach development opportunities, centred around the theme of ‘coaching to inspire a love of football’.

The INSPIRE FC platform has been built to support Australian grassroots football coaches as they begin, develop, and take their next steps in their coaching journey. The platform and content is aimed at grassroots coaches, from ‘the last to step back’, those with a few years’ experience and to those that are aspirational in their coaching.

The NSFA will provide the knowledge, behaviours, and activities for coaches to create safe, organised, enjoyable and engaging environment for their players.

The conference will be the launch event for INSPIRE FC at the start of the Australian grassroots football season, providing conference subscribers the perfect launch pad for the season ahead and enabling users to revisit content and educational workshops throughout the year.

The INSPIRE FC platform endeavours to become the ‘Netflix of coach development’, giving users access to over 100 videos to support them on their journey.

The Conference will take place on March 19 2022, with a start time of 9am Sydney time and concluding at 3:30pm. Following the conclusion of the online event, all of the conference footage will be available to watch on-demand for all ticket holders.

The conference will be hosted by media personalities Daniel Garb and Niav Owens, with Chelsea FC coach Emma Hayes confirmed as a keynote speaker.

For further information around speakers please follow this link.

Secure your early bird tickets for $45, before the early bird pricing closes on February 1. After this date, the general admission cost of the Conference will be $55 for your ticket.

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