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How grass roots clubs can better manage their sporting apparel, and it works.

Appearance is everything for sporting clubs, and managing your kit goes a long way to how you present yourself as a team.

Not only that, but saving money on energy consumption is something that they should consider.

Munters are a global leader in climate control, and its technology allows clubs to dry their kit in a more efficient manner.

Typically, it can be costly to use heating and tumble drying because only a few items can be put in a single load and if done incorrectly, could damage clothing.

Munters aim to increases a kit’s durability by not wearing out as quickly, by using proven desiccant dehumidification to dry them in fast time.

The Munters technology can be easily placed in a room to protect buildings from moisture damage and keeps the kit in tact.

This is a solution that has been used around the world in sporting precincts, with energy savings of up to 75 per cent.

Liam Watson is the Managing Editor at Soccerscene. He reports widely on football policy, industry matters and technology.

South Melbourne sign record agreement with CF Capital

National Premier Leagues Victoria side South Melbourne FC have announced CF Capital as a Major Principal Partner for the next two years.

The six-figure sponsorship agreement is the largest single sponsorship in the history of the side. The partnership is a vote of confidence in South Melbourne FC both on and off the football pitch.

The news comes at a significant time particularly with Football Australia setting a placeholder for a prospective national second division in the 2022-23 Domestic Football Calendar.

CF Capital is one of the leading funds management firms in Australia with expertise in a range of asset classes including real estate development, equity, investment and credit.

CF Capital joins a group of high calibre club sponsors from the finance and investment industries and will leverage the relationship with South Melbourne FC to further develop their network.

Investment Director Paul Chiodo together with his leadership team represented CF Capital at the 2022 Jersey Night where they provided further direct support for South Melbourne’s Men’s, Women’s, Blind and Powerchair teams.

South Melbourne FC President Nicholas Maikousis welcomed CF Capital to the club saying in a statement released by South Melbourne FC:

“I’m proud to have Paul Chiodo and CF Capital join South Melbourne FC as the clubs Major Principal Partner. Their commitment represents the largest sponsorship in the history of the club. The six-figure annual agreement represents trust in the South Melbourne brand, its values and its approach to aspirational success and achievement. Paul and his leadership team have been impressed with our community diversity and engagement. They have pledged to directly support our All Abilities Programs.”

South Melbourne FC members and supporters will become familiar with the CF Capital brand around Lakeside Stadium, with signage featuring the logo prominently for the livestream audience in front of the Clarendon Corner. As the side’s Major Principal Partner, CF Capital will also be involved in corporate events and functions.

New synthetic pitch confirmed for R.D. Egan Lee Reserve

Knox City FC

A new synthetic football pitch has been confirmed alongside the potential creation of a planting program for R.D. Egan Lee Reserve at Knoxfield, in Victoria.

The new pitch will be developed with a focus on current best practice to minimise environmental impacts, such as the introduction of newer systems and technology like ‘no fill’ or cork infill.

Knox City Football Club, the side who call Egan Lee home, is one of the largest and fastest growing in Knox. It uses the reserve for training and competition games but in recent years has had to cancel sessions due to the ground conditions.

A correctly-constructed synthetic field play consistently, drain effectively and remain useable nearly all year round.

The new pitch will be installed in the south-western corner of the reserve and be available for public use outside of club hours. Two natural turf fields will remain at the reserve.

Knox Mayor, Cr Susan Laukens said Council had considered the sporting needs of the community along with the potential environmental impacts in an announcement via Knox City Council.

“Our community needs areas to play sport and we do need to consider that synthetic surfaces are an option for our sporting groups so then they can play on their field all year round,” she said in a statement.

“Soccer is a winter sport and our fields do get a lot of usage. With increasing numbers of juniors and female players, our turf fields have never been used so much.

“As part of the synthetic pitch and wetlands project development, and the creation of planting programs for these projects, Council will investigate opportunities to incorporate additional trees into the proposed car park landscape, wetlands and surrounding perimeter of the reserve.

“We have continued to strengthen the environmental outcomes with this project and now we have an increase in tree canopy planting. We can always do with more trees.”

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