Football Victoria Community Awards 2019 nominations now open

Football Victoria is made possible because of the thousands of volunteers, administrators, coaches, referees and clubs that each have inspirational individuals who dedicate their time to the sport.

A statement from the Football Victoria can be found here:

The Football Victoria Community Awards 2019 provide us with an opportunity to shine a light on these community heroes for all the work they do. It is their contribution that bring football fans and players even closer to the game. We are excited to share these celebrations with you all again. The awards recognise those in our football community who embrace diversity and champion inclusive practices at all levels,” said Football Victoria CEO Peter Filopoulos.

WHY NOMINATE

  • Increase public awareness of your volunteers, club and programs
  • Be recognised as an outstanding leader in community football
  • Share your success story with the rest of the Victorian Football community
  • Winners and their guest will be invited to the Community in Business celebration on Friday 25 October at Hyatt Place, Essendon Fields

There are seven categories for the awards including:

Metropolitan Club of the Year

This award recognises a community metropolitan football club that exemplifies the vision as a sport for all Victorians. They actively create welcoming and inclusive environments through good governance, dedicated volunteers and are committed to engaging with people from all walks of life.

Nominations for this category are sought from football clubs across metropolitan Melbourne.

Nominate here

 

Regional Club of the Year

This award recognises a regional football club that exemplifies the vision as a sport for all Victorians. They actively create welcoming and inclusive environments through good governance, dedicated volunteers and are committed to engaging with people from all walks of life.

Nominations for this category are sought from football clubs across rural and regional Victoria.

Nominate here

 

ALDI MiniRoos Kick-Off Site of the Year

This award acknowledges outstanding delivery of the ALDI MiniRoos Kick-Off program, that gives juniors the best possible entry into football providing a fun, safe and inclusive experience for all participants.

We encourage nominations from all our ALDI MiniRoos Kick-Off sites.

Nominate here

 

Partner Organisation of the Year

This award recognises a stakeholder that has provided significant support to ensure all Victorians, no matter their gender or background, have the chance to get involved in football.

Futsal sport centres, local government, schools, community organisations and delivery partners are encouraged to nominate.

Nominate here

 

Volunteer of the Year

This award celebrates a member of the football community who has made an exceptional contribution to improving the game and supporting others to become actively involved in football.

We welcome nominations from all forms of football including clubs, futsal, NPL and Walking football.

Nominate here

 

Community Female Coach of the Year

This award goes to a female coach who has gone out of their way to make sure that participants are supported to develop both their skills and a lifelong love of football.

We encourage nominations from all formats of the game, junior and senior, male and female competitions, ALDI MiniRoos, Futsal and representative teams.

Nominate here

 

Community Male Coach of the Year

This award goes to a male coach who has gone out of their way to make sure that participants are supported to develop both their skills and a lifelong love of football.

We encourage nominations from all formats of the game, junior and senior, male and female competitions, ALDI MiniRoos, Futsal and representative teams.

Nominate here

 


 

We encourage everyone involved in football to consider nominating someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the game and inspired, motivated or supported others over the past year.

It’s a fantastic way to say thank you.

Eligibility

Entries are invited from individuals, clubs, competitions, stakeholders and partner organisations who contribute to the delivery of football in Victoria. We want to recognise and reward all the amazing work taking place across the state including the desire to embrace diversity and make football a sport for all Australians.

Click here to see nomination eligibility, assessment criteria and other important details

Key Dates
Nominations Open Friday 30 August 2019
Nominations Close Tuesday 24 September 2019
Nominations shortlisted Friday 27 September 2019
Independent Judges assess and Winners Thursday 4 October 2019
Winners notified Tuesday 8 October 2019
Awards Presentation / CIB Hyatt Place, Essendon Fields Friday 25 October 2019
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German football ends 70 years with Adidas for Nike deal

The German Football Association (DFB) has inked a mega eight-year deal with American sportswear giant Nike and move on from incredible 70-year partnership with Adidas.

The deal commences in 2027 after the next World Cup and runs to the end of 2034 with the company securing kit rights for at least two World Cup campaigns.

Nike were able to blow away Adidas’ offer and the deal was one they simply couldn’t refuse. It is reportedly worth AU$169.3 million a year, exactly double the amount Adidas currently gives the DFB which is $84.6 million.

Adidas has been a DFB partner since the 1950s and has been synonymous with the success of Germany’s men’s and women’s national teams, who have supported the company’s logo during 14 World Cup and European Championship triumphs.

This deal has caused huge public backlash from German fans and politicians who believe it goes against the traditions and history of the sport.

However, the DFB has defended its decision to drop Adidas as Nike made the better financial offer which would help the federation fund the future of German football as it would be invested into the grassroots game.

DFB President Bernd Neuendorf explained the controversial decision and gives his well wishes to Adidas.

“We understand every emotion. It’s also a drastic event for us as an association when it becomes clear that a partnership that was and is characterised by many special moments is coming to an end after more than 70 years. That doesn’t leave us cold,” Neuendorf said in a statement.

“The DFB has to make economic decisions against this background. Nike made by far the best financial offer in the transparent and non-discriminatory tender process.

“The federation will do everything we can to achieve shared success with our long-standing and current partner Adidas, to whom German soccer has owed a lot for more than seven decades.”

It is a huge loss for Adidas’ legacy, losing a long term relationship with the country’s biggest sporting team to its main rival and ultimately showcasing the bargaining power Nike has over the company.

However, the company still has a huge standing in football despite this issue and won’t be too affected by it. At the international level, Adidas has deals with higher-ranked Argentina and Italy and will still supply Germany’s kits at the 2026 World Cup – a tournament which it will also sponsor.

This new deal allows more money to tackle issues in the grassroots game in Germany and help stabilise the system as it looks towards returning to long-term international success.

Football Victoria celebrates establishment between Sydenham Park SC and Calder United SC

A striking partnership has been established between Sydenham Park SC and Calder United SC, with the Western United affiliated club to play 11 home fixtures at Keilor Lodge Reserve.

The Club Changer Club Development Program, an incentive created in 2023 to assist clubs fostering and strengthening inclusive environments for multiple diverse communities within society to participate in football, supports the growth of women’s football, among many other ranges of football within the country.

Last year, all federation members dedicated a strong focus upon women and young females in football as a main element of their Legacy 23 campaign. This enables club development officers across the state to work in conjunction with clubs in order to foster a positive football experience within female football, both on and off the field.

In this facility sharing partnership, Sydenham Park SC vice-president Davis Lisolajski showcased his clubs enthusiasm.

“When we learned that they were without a home venue, it was an obvious choice for us to reach out and assist,” he said via press release.

“Women’s football holds significant importance for us at Sydenham, and we believe this partnership will benefit our young girls and both senior women’s teams. They will witness professionalism first-hand during match days.”

Calder United SC President Amanda Stella expressed excitement towards developing a sustained and effective partnership to spearhead National Premier League Women’s football to Sydenham Park in 2024.

“The support from Sydenham Park President Nick and Vice President David, along with the broader Sydenham Park community, is greatly appreciated, and we eagerly anticipate playing our senior and 20s home games for the 2024 season at Sydenham Park,” she added via media release.

“A special acknowledgment to Football Victoria’s Josephine La Pila for her work with both clubs to achieve an outcome that promotes collaboration among football clubs for the betterment of our beloved sport.”

Football Victoria have endorsed the partnership between these two growing clubs within female football across the state.

With Calder United establishing themselves as a competitive club amongst the NPLW competition, the partnership allowing the club between the Western United sister club and Sydenham puts a focus upon both sides allowing their playing and coaching staff to use one of the best pitch surfaces within the north-western district of Melbourne. The use of these highly elite facilities will allow them to have an advantage, perhaps being the difference in furthering themselves away from their competitors.

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