Football West welcomes Perry Ielati as General Manager – Football

Football West has announced Perry Ielati as its new General Manager – Football.

Ielati is a well-respected figure in WA football, having played for 15 seasons at Perth Soccer Club including a decade in the first team.

He will now oversee all of Football West’s football operations.

“I’m very excited to be getting back involved in football,” Ielati told Football West.

“When I was playing the governing body was still Soccer West Coast. But it has transformed into a much bigger body which caters for all areas of our game.”

Ielati’s role with Football West will involve leading a diverse team across all areas of football operations in WA. This includes Competitions and Clubs, Regional Football, Participation and Programs, Policy & Advocacy and Operations Support.

“What I have quickly realised in my first week, is that the team here takes care of an extraordinary amount of work,” he said.

“The challenge for me will be to find ways this can be completed more effectively, efficiently and to the highest possible standard. We need to strive for excellence in everything we do. My immediate priority will be to support the existing Football West team and enable them to do their best work.

“There are a number of competing priorities and stakeholders to satisfy, so it’s going to be interesting to find that balance. I’m very keen to get on the ground and speak to as many people as possible.”

Ielati was inspired by the chance to help shape the sport in WA.

“There are so many opportunities for football in the state and I want to make sure there is a good foundation in place to capitalise on these opportunities as they arise,” he said.

“As well as looking after our clubs and participants on a day-to-day basis, there is the opening of the State Football Centre, the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, and the Football Futures Foundation which while in its infancy, is already making a positive impact on communities. It is thrilling to be involved.

“I previously worked in IT and more recently spent the last 13 years in the wealth management space. After selling my practice in late 2020, I took the opportunity to further my qualifications. I returned to full-time study and recently completed my MBA at UWA and became a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).

“Over the last 12 months, I had time to reflect on what I love and where I could add value and my mix of football and business experience brought me to this junction. I want to put that background to good use.”

As a defender between 1996-2006 – under coaches such as Gary Marocchi, Aldo Trinca and Graham Normanton – Ielati enjoyed plenty of highs at Perth SC.

“We won quite a lot of trophies and they were really good times. After I left the club and had kids, they went into different sports so I haven’t been as closely involved. But I still get to games and see the old faces. And although my two daughters are currently playing basketball, I’m confident I’ll soon have them using their feet!”

Football West CEO Jamie Harnwell sees Ielati as a great addition to both the Football West team and for the wider sport.

“Perry is a familiar face to people who have been in and around WA football for a few decades and only last month he figured in an Azzurri legends game against Floreat Athena. He knows football and the people in the sport.

“But he comes into the role with a strong business background and a clear vision of where Football West wants to go.

“It is terrific to have him in the role and he will provide great leadership to the Football West team and deliver for the WA football community.”

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The Football Legacy program is a $10 million investment founded by the NSW Government. The program’s intention is to continue the established growth of female football through freshly refurbished community facilities.

Furthermore, development programs, participation initiatives and potential ventures involving tourism and international engagement are all at the forefront of the overall objective the NSW government has regarding the growth of football within the state.

The $150,000 grant in which BNFC are receiving is going to be spent sparingly. Kingsgrove Avenue Reserve is in dire need of a rejuvenation, given the club’s recent rise to popular interest within the Football St George Association, BNFC experienced an astounding spike in membership.

Since the 2021 season, the club witnessed a spike in members, a 35% increase surge in overall involvement, highlighted by a 40% increase in female involvement.

The traffic that the club began to experience was a confronting yet exciting time for the community operated club. Their previous facilities could not cater for the extravagant influx of participants, hence the club opting to collaborate with the Bayside Council.

The grant successfully attained will be used to upgrade the amenities at Kingsgrove Avenue Reserve from top to bottom. The newly furbished facility has hosts a conference room, referee room, medical room, canteen, and storage area.

Further funding requested by BNFC is expected to be utilized in rejuvenating the current change rooms and bathrooms, as well as a through fixup of the established home and away locker rooms. The end goal insight, is to accommodate highly regarded women’s footballing outlets in the future.

BNFC President Eddie Yazbeck, mentioned the importance of what this grant will provide.

“We have worked closely with Bayside Council to develop a site plan for Kingsgrove Avenue Reserve and together we applied for the NSW Football Legacy Fund to help make our vision a reality,” he said via press release. 

“This grant will deliver a much-needed infrastructure upgrade, addressing concerns such as accessibility and safety, improved canteen facilities, storage for our kits, change rooms for players and referees.”

The Facilities and Grants Officer at Football NSW, James Spanoudakis, also added via media release. 

“Amenity buildings are the heart and soul of all football clubs across NSW,” he said.

The new amenities is expected to be completed towards the conclusion of 2024, ready to go for the 2025 winter season.   

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The City Football Academy Melbourne continues to push the already established high-standards in which football across Australia are beginning to reach. The facility will host the men’s and women’s teams, as well as the club’s grassroot program, and an administration office is also involved in the newly developed location.

The Melbourne based club were inspired by their British parent and European juggernauts Manchester City have some of, if not the best facilities in world football. Melbourne City’s latest facility was developed in accordance to the structure and framework relating to Manchester City.

Within the newly furnished building, it’s features are acknowledged to stand out amongst other rival A-League entity’s. A 60-seat theatre and community classroom was installed to host club officials and guests, 16 changerooms combined with Hydrotherapy pools and two gyms, all designed to propel their playing personnel in achieving their peak athletic condition. Administration spaces where also created for Sports Science, Sports Medicine and club officials to all reside in.

The official opening took place on April 10 by City of Casey Chair of Administrators Noelene Duff PSM, and Melbourne City FC Vice Chairman Simon Pearce.

Located at the Casey Fields Sporting precinct in which is building quite the resume within the tenants it has acquired in various codes of sport across the state. The 5,900m2 facility that City now possess in their arsenal sits on eleven hectares of land, upon it they have five different football pitches, with varying surfaces.

The opportunities in which this facility presents to football fans and participants alike, are in abundance, 3,500 aspiring young football participants will be able to use the facilities on offer, with many more able to spectate City matches in which may be played at their Academy.

Melbourne City FC CEO Brad Rowse stated via press release:

“This amazing facility will be the new home to our Men’s, Women’s, Academy, and Administration teams, and will allow us to come together under the one roof to train, share ideas and challenge each other every single day.

“We’re setting new standards for football in Australia and laying the foundations for sustainable growth, on and off the pitch.”

With the latest edition of the McDonald’s City Cup being played at the newly launched facility, the tournament was a token showcasing that the clubs elite are not the only ones who will benefit from the facility but also local footballing communities in addition.

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