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Football Victoria provides update on FootbALLways

In a recent release from Football Victoria, president Kimon Taliadoros provided an update on the new long term, strategic plan for Football Victoria.

The FootbALLways plan, which has been implemented since March 2019 aims to secure the future of soccer in Victoria for at least, the next three years.

As mentioned in March, the plan aims at five specific objectives:

  1. Enabling Victorian clubs to thrive while providing great experiences to ALL
  2. Expanding and improving facilities of ALL types and providing infrastructure to increase access, utilisation and sustainability
  3. Provide the best opportunities for ALL to access and enjoy programs, competitions and pathways
  4. Increase engagement and advocacy of football to change perceptions and promote positive outcomes
  5. Provide our people with continued opportunities to develop and be leaders for culture, high performance, social change

In the update written by Taliadoros (which can be found at the bottom of this article), he and FV are still committed to the objectives. A big part of the plan was to be more inclusive so that everyone could enjoy the sport of soccer.

With the FIFA Women’s World Cup on the horizon, this is the perfect time to emphasise this. As a business, you want to adhere to S.M.A.R.T objectives.

S.M.A.R.T stands for Strategic, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely. Well, they’ve certainly met the criteria on the latter. Young girls in Victoria who play soccer will want to see the likes of Sam Kerr, Steph Catley and Lisa De Vanna during this year’s World Cup.

If they are made to feel as if they can reach that level one day, they’ll be motivated to try and do so. And that is exactly why this plan exists.

The plan also outlines what FV plan to do in regards to upgrading facilities and infrastructure. In the last two weeks, we’ve reported on how the state governments have begun investing more money into such facilities, with namely the Victorian government putting in $22 million last week.

FV has received more than $140 million in funding from the government since 2017, as mentioned by Taliadoros in the update. But with overpopulation becoming an increasingly bigger issue in Australia, Taliadoros admits more is needed to fulfill the requirements set out by the plan.

As laid out in the plan and in the recent update, Taliadoros and FV are extremely committed to seeing this through to the very end. They’ve made a great start and in time, we’re sure the future will be bright.

FootbALLways update post:

https://www.footballvictoria.com.au/news/update-fv-president-kimon-taliadoros

The plan in full:

https://www.footballvictoria.com.au/sites/ffv/files/2019-03/Football%20Victoria%20Strategic%20Plan%202019-2022.pdf

 

Caelum Ferrarese is a Senior journalist with Soccerscene. He reports widely on micro policy within Australasia and industry disruptions at grassroots level.

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.”

Hertha Berlin pushing hard for stadium upgrade

Top-flight German football club Hertha Berlin has reiterated its intention to develop a new stadium nearby to the Olympiastadion.

Top-flight German football club Hertha Berlin has reiterated its intention to develop a new stadium nearby to its current home, the Olympiastadion, releasing fresh renderings of its vision for such a project.

The club has been attempting to progress plans to develop a new home for several years and in February 2020 stated that the OlympiaPark would be the preferred location.

In November 2018, Hertha confirmed it was targeting an opening date in July 2025 for a new-look Olympiastadion, with preference to be building a completely new stadium rather than renovating the current one.

The current Olympiastadion has been home to Hertha Berlin for almost 60 years, and has a capacity of around 74,000. However, the club is seeking a more intimate stadium for its fans, as well as the inclusion of an athletics track.

Hertha’s former stadium commissioner, Klaus Teichert, withdrew an application for a decision to be made on the location for a new stadium, with Brandenburg also put forward as a potential location.

Hertha Berlin Chief Financial Officer, Ingo Schiller:

“We have entered into talks with the new government and are working hard to set the course for our new stadium in 2022,” he said.

“The stadium is the club’s most important project, especially in terms of the economic situation.”

There is a lot of political support necessary for the project to get approved, as the potential worksite currently includes residential apartments, a big reason for negotiations coming to a stall at times.

A resident spoke to local radio station rbb24:

“You talk about ir, but not with us. We are still not prepared to sell our apartments in Sportforumstraße or to negotiate about them,” they said.

“It is very unfortunate that our residents in Sportforumstraße are once again unsettled by this uncoordinated approach.”

Hertha Berlin and backers of the new stadium have been in negotiation with Berlin’s sports senator, Iris Spranger, with talks to continue over the next month.

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