Football West and Computing Australia Group ink two-year deal

Football West has signed a two-year partnership with Computing Australia Group.

The deal will focus on providing technology and grant assistance support to the football community in Western Australia through Football West’s Building Stronger Clubs program and community activations.

Computing Australia Group will bring years of experience in the grant applications process and this deal will see them supporting Football West clubs in the process of securing grants.

As Football West’s preferred technology partner, Computing Australia Group will make expert support more accessible to Football West clubs, improving their technology systems and finding innovative solutions to maximise engagement with current and potential members.

According to the statement released by Football West, the partnership will enable clubs to access specialised support to provide, “significant enhancement in web presence which will lead to greater engagement with members and assist with retention of members.”

In the statement, Computing Australia Group CEO Daniel Hutchison said: “The team at CAG is thrilled to build on our long-standing relationship with the team at Football West and now the broader football community through this exciting initiative.”

Computing Australia Group Business Manager Chris Karapetcoff added: “Like Football West, we are totally invested in the Building Stronger Clubs program and I look forward to meeting and working with the many wonderful people involved in football in Western Australia.”

Football West CEO James Curtis said the partnership would provide his association’s clubs with access to greater, specialised support.

“The importance of maximising digital engagement with the football community is becoming more important every year,” he said.

“With Football West and its clubs reaching over 25m people digitally in 2020, we know that this partnership provides a great opportunity for clubs to enhance and increase their membership base.

“Football West is excited to partner with Computing Australia Group for the next two years and provide accessible expert services to Western Australian football clubs.”

Football West clubs interested in enhancing its systems or wants support applying for a grant, Computing Australia Group Business Manager Chris Karapetcoff can be contacted at chris.karapetcoff@computingaustralia.group or 0438 855 884.

Matthew Galea is a sports journalist with Soccerscene. He reports widely on football policy and industry matters, drawing on his knowledge and passion of the game.

Tigres secures deal for new 65,000 seat stadium

Mexican soccer giants Tigres UANL have secured a deal to see a brand new 65,000 seat stadium ready by 2025.

Mexican soccer giants Tigres UANL have secured a deal to see a brand new 65,000 seat stadium ready by 2025.

The stadium will be based in the heart of San Nicolás de los Garza, Nuevo León, and will be replacing the old 42,000 seat stadium, known as Estadio Universitario, The previous stadia has been the home of Tigres since 1967.

The new stadium was presented on Thursday, January 13 at a meeting that included Governor of Nuevo León and Samuel García, through a Memorandum of Understanding to commence construction.

Tigres’ future home was designed by architecture firm Populous and envisioned to be entirely privately financed at a cost of $445 million AUD.

The stadium’s features will include a retractable pitch, as well as being able to host concerts and international sporting events like American football games.

As part of the overall plans, the stadium will include separate changing rooms for Tigres’ men’s and women’s teams, while the exterior stadia complex will complement with a hotel, shopping centre and restaurants. The venue is also intended to act as an incubator for local business, and will also have classrooms catering for the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (UANL).

Juego de Pelota principle partner, César Esparza:

“There is going to be another setting for concerts and sport,” he said.

“It is a stadium prepared to host all sports, this stadium will be the postcard of Nuevo León.

“Stadium events will not be expensive for fans, as long as it has that capacity it will allow us to create different price levels for events, becoming inclusive for all people.”

UANL Tigres parent company member, Mauricio Doehner:

“Today Tigres is internationally recognised and we are always striving for more,” he said.

“Of course we deserve a new stadium, it will be the headquarters in this new era. Today, Tigres is not only a benchmark in Mexican soccer, but also on an International stadium. The Estadio Universitario has given greatness to Club Tigres and all the fans, we will honour it forever.”

Melbourne Victory names Marnong Estate as Premier Partner

Melbourne Victory has announced Marnong Estate as a Premier Partner for the 2021/22 Isuzu Ute A-League Men's season.

Melbourne Victory has announced Marnong Estate as a Premier Partner for the 2021/22 Isuzu Ute A-League Men’s season.

Marnong Estate is the Official Naming Rights Partner of the A-Lounge, providing its premium wines in the A-Lounge and Corporate Suite Foyers for tasting sessions, as well as in all Melbourne Victory’s Corporate Suite drinks packages.

As one of Melbourne’s biggest wineries, Marnong Estate also has its own boutique accommodation, as well as being able to host weddings and other functions.

Melbourne Victory Managing Director, Caroline Carnegie:

“We’re incredibly excited to be partnering with Marnong Estate and bringing a taste of their premium experience to our match days,” she said.

“Marnong Estate is an incredible facility that contributes to the local community by providing an authentic cultural and historical experience and we would love our members and fans to experience the beautiful views, food and wine as they visit Marnong itself.”

Marnong Estate General Manager, Stewart Malone:

“We are very passionate about wine, hospitality, and agriculture. The other thing we are passionate about is football and there is no greater opportunity for us than to partner with Melbourne Victory and their incredible match day experience,” he said.

“We’re excited to promote our premium wine, amazing dining options and the estate’s farm-to-fork facilities in front of one of the most dedicated fan bases in Australia.”

For more on Marnong Estate, you can find it here.

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