Football West partners with atWork Australia

A new partnership between Football West and atWork Australia has been launched.

This recent development will see the two organisations come together until the end of the season – atWork Australia are the Offical Program Supporter of the All Abilities and Inclusion Program.

The importance of having an association like this linked with an NPL league is the connection it has that everyone should be entitled to have a fair go.

AtWork Australia is a leader in the employment services area who offer all Australians across the nation with a chance to apply for jobs and support them as they build better quality working lives.

In the past year, atWork helped about 7,000 Australians find work. It doesn’t matter whether someone has a disability, illness or injury – because they promote inclusiveness.

AtWork can support people with their goals and aspirations, build skills and get them ready for work by having them accustomed to the lifestyle. The skills developed will also help them do well in interviews to lead them towards employment.

AtWork has 30 offices in Western Australia and over 270 across the country, ready to assist job seekers from all walks of life.

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Liam Watson is the Co-Founder & Publisher of Soccerscene. He reports widely on football policy, industry matters and technology.

Mitre extends with member federations to provide top quality footballs for all competitions

Mitre have extended their current deals with Football Victoria, Football West and Football NSW to continue providing their Ultimax Pro ball for competitions country wide.

Football Victoria announced that Mitre will continue as the exclusive NPL ball provider for the NPL and VPL competitions in 2024 with an option to extend into 2025.

In Football NSW, the sponsorship with Mitre will extend till the end of 2026. It will remain as the Official Match Ball of the National Premier Leagues NSW, Football NSW Leagues, Football NSW Youth Leagues, and Association Youth Leagues for a further three years.

Football West confirmed that Mitre will be the Official Ball Supplier for another three years, taking the partnership to a total of six years.

Trusted for over 200 years, Mitre footballs have been a foundation of the brand since the early 1900s. Since then, they have been the competition ball of choice for many football associations across the world.

In 2017, Mitre started inside the Australian footballing landscape when they were unveiled as the football partners of the then FFA Cup, now called the Australia Cup.

Since then, Mitre has expanded towards the state member federations to try and grow amongst the local community. They are the Official Match Ball of NPL NSW, NPL Victoria, NPL Queensland, Football West and NPL NNSW.

The Ultimax Pro is Mitre’s flagship Elite-Professional football that is used amongst state competitions and the Australia Cup. It features Hyperflow debossed grooves across the ball, for incredible flight consistency across all speeds. It is Engineered with Hyperfoam, a cushioned, high elastic foam, for maximum power when you strike.  It is also a FIFA Quality Pro approved football which proves that it maintains a top quality and standard.

Football Victoria Sponsorships and Events Manager, Paul Iliopoulos, outlined this is a ‘game changing partnership’ going into the 2024 season and beyond

“We are thrilled to announce a partnership between Football Victoria and MITRE as the official ball provider for our NPL and VPL competitions,” he said via FV.

“The MITRE ball is recognised for its superior quality and performance and this partnership reinforces Football Victoria’s dedication to maintaining the utmost standards in our competitions.

“As we embark on this exciting journey with MITRE, we extend our gratitude to the football community for their continued support.”

Football West General Manager of Football Perry Ielati was excited to continue with the high-quality footballs through this partnership.

“Football West is delighted to continue our partnership with Mitre. Our clubs know they can trust the quality of footballs provided by Mitre and that is hugely important to us. We are excited to move forward together over the next three years.” Ielati stated via Football West.

Football NSW CEO John Tsatsimas was thrilled to see Mitre extend as well.

“We’re delighted to continue the partnership with Mitre. We are anticipating another season of unprecedented success, and we eagerly look forward to achieving it in partnership with Mitre who will provide a great level of professionalism through their product as they have done so in recent years.” Tsatsimas said via Football NSW statement.

Mitre’s relationship with Football in Australia is fantastic for the game with the highest quality footballs being used at all different levels. Ball quality is an integral part of football and clubs from all federations will benefit from the discounted prices and free supplies that Mitre provide to improve the game.

VSSCS to improve sports medicine and equipment in WA

Victor Sports Club Supplies

Football West have collaborated with Victor School & Sports Club Supplies (VSSCS) in a two-year partnership.

VSSCS have been involved in the sports medicine and equipment industry since their establishment in 1993. The company have supplied for amateur clubs all across the country as well as professional clubs like Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC.

VSSCS supply products that any grassroots club would require. This includes Strapping Tape, Sports Medicine Items, Braces, Foot Care, Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation and First Aid Products.

This collaboration stems from the values that Football West hold about the quality of grassroots facilities, equipment and volunteers.

In 2022, they released a Grassroots Equipment Donations Program which redistributes outdated, redundant and replaced equipment to provide grassroots clubs with new opportunities for disadvantaged groups and make sport easier to access.

This partnership will be another stepping stone in improving the overall quality of the world game at all levels the state of WA, with offers and benefits outlined in the press release.

Football West clubs can get 15% off all Victor and Maxiplast tapes until end of February 2024. Clubs will also receive a 2024 catalogue showcasing the full range of VSSCS products, including pricing.

Each club will be provided its own log-in details to the new VSSCS website. A VSSCS representative will be in contact to provide these details and talk to the clubs through the portal.

VSSCS will then offer a rewards program with up to 40% off purchases from the Premiums page of the website. Items include compression therapy, hot/cold therapy, massage tables/guns.

The collaboration makes a lot of sense for Football West who have shown that their main focus is on creating the best foundation for the next generation of footballers to succeed in the state. With benefits to clubs and players involved, this is the perfect way to fast-track growth at the grassroots level

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