Football Tasmania welcomes $10m sports fund

Football Tasmania has welcomed the introduction of their Government’s Improving the Playing Field Fund to support the state’s sport and recreation sector.

The Tasmanian Government will be allocating $10 million to the fund which will see grants of between $25,000 and $250,000 given to local councils, sporting associations and clubs.

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The fund has been created to help support sports organisations recover from COVID-19 – aiming to improve facilities across the state as well as helping to maintain and build participation rates across sporting codes.

Grants can be used to build new facilities or upgrade existing amenities such as change rooms, toilets and shower facilities, lighting, security, fencing, scoreboards and drainage.

Football Tasmania CEO, Matt Bulkeley, said that the announcement would be beneficial to all sporting codes.

“Today’s announcement will give sports clubs better facilities and help support jobs – it’s a win-win,” he said.

“Football is Tasmania’s most popular team sport and one of our biggest challenges as the World Game continues to grow in Tasmania is finding adequate facilities for our increasing numbers. Today’s announcement will see facilities upgraded right around the State, which will benefit a variety of sports, not just football.

“We would like to thank the Premier for his support and in particular, Jane Howlett, the Minister for Sport, who has done an amazing job helping the sports community deal with the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19.”

The Improving The Playing Field Fund follows last month’s COVID-19 Sport and Recreation Grants program which saw Football Tasmania receive $150,000 from the Tasmanian Government to support the salaries of employees at Football Tasmania.

Applications for the Improving the Playing Field Fund will be open in the coming weeks.

Daniel Foley is a sports junior journalist with Soccerscene. He reports widely on football policy and micro industry matters.

Graduates congratulated after completing FIFA Diploma in Club Management program

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has congratulated the 2024 graduates of the FIFA Diploma in Club Management course at FIFA headquarters, which include former Socceroo Tim Cahill and former Manchester City player Fernandinho.

Since its launch in 2021, the FIFA Diploma in Club Management has become a networking platform for senior club executives to share knowledge about the industry insights essential for successful football club management. The 18-month course is comprised of six-course models, each covering important topics and aspects of club management.

The topics which are covered in this course are leadership and management, sporting strategy and youth academies, marketing and communication, club operations and stadium management, governance and legal matters and finance.

Infantino spoke to the attendees of the graduation ceremony in Zurich, Switzerland:

“The course’s aim was to encourage knowledge and best practice exchange to be able to ensure football’s continued growth and health worldwide,” he said in a statement.

“You understand that club football is crucial for the development and the survival of football in all countries of the world.

“That is what we have to foster and what we have to work on, and to do this, you have to be well-equipped and well-prepared, and this is our aim at FIFA: to give you this preparation, to give you this equipment, to open the doors of FIFA here in Zurich and everywhere in the world.

“Our doors are open for you to come and exchange with us, and also to exchange between yourselves.”

The graduates of the second edition of the FIFA Diploma in Club Management started back in September 2022 in New York where they attended lectures given by the likes of FIFA Chief of Global Football Development Arsène Wenger and FIFA Chief Women’s Football Officer Sarai Berman and their final project of the course was a strategy plan which was presented before the graduation.

The third edition of the program began in May 2024 and is headed by FIFA Director of Professional Football Ornella Desirée Bellia. Some of the participants who are involved include former Juventus player Giorgio Chiellini and Como 1907 coach Cesc Fàbregas alongside club owners, CEO’s and sporting directors.

Soccerscene celebrates sixth-year anniversary

Soccerscene is celebrating its sixth anniversary as Australia’s business-to-business publication for the football community.

Since its inception, Soccerscene has committed to the highest standards of reporting on the most pressing topics surrounding the world of sports business. We have been the first port of call for potential buyers and sellers and deliver all the first-hand news – including interviews, discussions, product reviews, case studies and insight into all facets of the growing Australian and international football market.

Here at Soccerscene, we can’t celebrate six years without thanking all our readers, followers and the numerous industry and club communities for helping us along the way.

Special thanks goes to our major partners including Football Coaches Australia, Professional Footballers Australia and Box2Box – your constant support has been crucial to all we have achieved over these last six years.

Thank you to everyone and we are excited for the future years ahead in this constantly developing industry – from all us at Soccerscene.

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