Graham Arnold: We need a Home of Football for the Socceroos

Graham Arnold

Recently appearing on the ABC’s ‘Offsiders’ program, Socceroos coach Graham Arnold has reiterated the need for a dedicated home of football for the Socceroos in Australia.

With the Matildas soon to move into a permanent base at La Trobe University in Melbourne, the Socceroos are yet to receive a similar deal.

Journalist Caroline Wilson asked Arnold on the program whether he’d been ‘coaching with one arm tied behind his back’, after the success of the Socceroos campaign at the recent FIFA World Cup had not translated to considerable government support.

In recent times, the Australian Federal Government has injected $230 million to build a new stadium in Hobart for the AFL’s newest expansion team based in Tasmania.

On the program, Arnold claimed: “I’m really happy for the AFL to get what they get, and the rugby league and the NRL in New South Wales to get what they get, but we get nothing at the end of the day. We don’t get any high performance money off the government, we don’t have a home for the Socceroos.

“I’m bringing players back from Europe that are top class players and they’ve got the best training facilities in Europe,” he said.

“They come back, we stay in a hotel, we’ve got no recovery centre. The boys have to get an ice bath, get ice, put in their own bathtub in their rooms to recover from the flight and get ready for the game.

“So it’s something that I believe that the only way forward for Australian football is we need a home of football that we can build the pathways for the kids.

“We’re just looking at the elite level of the Socceroos and the Matildas but the pathways are the most important thing and unless we fix the ingredients in the cake and get that right, well, then the game will suffer.”

The Socceroos return to action on June 15 against Argentina in China.

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Newcastle Jets’ new owners add key pieces for upcoming season

Newcastle Jets’ new owners, Maverick Sports Partners, have hired Ken Schembri as General Manager of Football and Ben Hawes as General Manager of Commercial, Digital and Marketing for this upcoming season.

The appointment of Schembri and Hawes reaffirms Maverick Sports Partners’ intent to invest in high-quality resources, which should excite Newcastle fans for this upcoming season.

Schembri had previously worked with the reigning champions, the Central Coast Mariners, being an essential part of establishing the Central Coast Mariners Football Academy and their Centre of Excellence when he joined in 2014.

Schembri will manage the A-League Men’s roster, oversee player performance and development, and handle recruitment for all football departments.

The Mariner’s Academy has produced many young and exciting Australian talent including Garang Kuol and Max Balard who have all gone to join clubs in Europe after their time in Gosford. Schembri has most recently played a key role in Central Coast’s recent success as Head of Football.

Maverick Sports Partners Director Maurice Bisetto commented about the new additions.

“We are excited to have both Ken and Ben join the Newcastle Jets team. They will be integral to the strategy and direction of the Club’s New Era, providing expertise and support, on and off the pitch,” said Bisetto in a club statement.

These two joined the Jets after the club were bought by the Australian company only last month.

Hawes has prior experience in Sponsorship, Marketing and Content roles at the National Rugby League, Sportsbet, BlueBet and Sydney FC.

Hawes will focus on expanding and diversifying the clubs commercial revenue streams which includes growing the sponsorship portfolio. He will also deal with commercialising the club’s digital channels as well as implementing new marketing and fan engagement strategies.

Due to these recent moves, Newcastle have the potential to produce exciting Australian talent and grow its brand across the league which will help the club continue to improve both on and off the pitch and ultimately strengthen their stability for future seasons.

Football Coaches Australia and Martyn Buckie team up for ‘Benefits of Micro Coaching Sessions’

Football Coaches Australia (FCA) and Martyn Buckie will host an online session on Monday, July 29 at 7:30pm AEST.

As part of ‘Benefits of Micro Coaching Sessions’, Buckie will present insights on the benefits of micro coaching sessions for children and youth coaches.

Coaches will get a full understanding on what ‘Micro Sessions’ are and how to implement them into training sessions. He will explain the benefits they provide to both players and coaches and how to design effective ‘Micro Session’ practices.

Buckie is currently the ‘Grassroots Coach Education and Development Manager’ with the Scottish Football Association. He is a UEFA A Licence and Scotttish Advanced Children’s Licence holder. In addition, he is also the advanced Children’s Licence Tutor and Course Manager.

He has a wealth of practical coaching experience as Academy Coach at both Stenhousemuir FC and Falkirk FC.

Attendance to this event will qualify for one-hour CPD with Football Australia.

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