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 a Senior Journalist with Soccerscene. He reports widely on international football policy, industry matters and industry 4.0

Football Queensland announces Schools Referee Program

Football Queensland Ref

In an effort to boost referee numbers across the state, Football Queensland has announced a brand-new innovative Schools Referee Program in order to educate students about becoming match officials.

Refereeing is undoubtedly a vital part of football everywhere, and Football Queensland’s work towards building up match officials for the future is essential to the longevity of the game in its current form.

Football Queensland CEO, Robert Cavallucci, acknowledged the potential impact of the program for the state’s football future.

“The Schools Referee Program will grow referee numbers across the state as schools sign up to host a Level 4 Introductory Course for students,” he said.

“This program aligns with FQ’s Strategic Plan target to develop new schools programs and improve coach and referee development opportunities in an accessible way. Students will learn how to become a referee within their school environment, gaining a new qualification and the opportunity to earn money while embarking on a rewarding career path.

“Students have the opportunity to become part of the FQ referee family, gaining access to valuable resources such as education materials, video analysis tools and mentoring by senior FQ referees.

“Football Queensland is confident the Schools Referee Program will help cultivate the next generation of referees to officiate matches at community football or in our elite competitions.”

Jacqui Hurford, Football Queensland State Referee Manager, was enthusiastic about the numerous benefits afforded by the program for schools and students.

“The aim of this program is to help the schools become self-sufficient in match officials, which will ultimately drive down their costs. Boosting the number of student referees will address the shortage of match officials available for school games, particularly during school hours,” she said.

“Student referees exhibit improved confidence, self-discipline and a sense of responsibility, developing leadership skills as well as problem solving and conflict resolution.”

All registered first-year referees will receive a registration pack which includes a referee uniform, whistle, flag and cards. Football Queensland will also be providing schools with marketing collateral in an effort to promote the course to students, and to deliver the program at a time that best suits the school.

Football Australia CEO defends against Hadley’s Multicultural remarks

Ray Hadley’s stoush with CEO of Football Australia James Johnson represents the ongoing media bias against football that is present within the Australian broadcasting world. In the wake of a violent brawl that erupted at a New South Wales National Premier League game between Sydney United 58 and Rockdale Ilinden FC, Hadley seems to believe that “You can’t be representing people who come from Croatia or Macedonia”.

He uses anecdotal evidence of a football fan supporting Western Sydney Wanderers over Sydney United, and takes this as a gospel, uniform opinion of all football fans in the country, going as far as saying that any changes to the Club Identity policy are “a step back in the eyes of most football fans” based on this testimony. What is clear however is that Hadley is no fan of football, and has very little knowledge of the game or its history. The Crawford report that he cites in his rant against the FA, who he says is now subservient to the clubs, recommended that the NSL should be “allowed to operate as a stand-alone body with its own board and constitution, and able to set its own rules and regulations, with the NSL clubs as members”, something Mr. Lowy, a businessman “with acumen and connections”, never allowed in his tenure at Football Federation Australia.

The Crawford report, commissioned by the federal government, doesn’t suggest that ethnicity is a major issue within the game and instead focuses on the governance issues that had plagued football in Australia before the creation of the A-league. To cite the Crawford report as supportive of his views regarding ethnic names within football contributing to violence is intellectually dishonest and factually incorrect. The Report argued that an Australian professional football league should be independently run with representation from the clubs, something that hadn’t been achieved until last year. While Frank Lowy did a lot for the game, ignoring this recommendation has set the league back by a decade. Steven Lowy, his son who succeeded at the FFA, wasn’t torpedoed from the job like Hadley claims, instead he resigned when it became clear that the clubs would take control of the A-league in 2018.

Johnston held strong in his belief that this violence had nothing to do with an ethnic influence, a view supported currently by New South Wales police. Hadley however won’t be able to see that, as he has already decided that the changes to the Club Identity Policy are to blame. It is easier to blame the ethnic narrative that has been presented by those in the media for decades. As Johnson pointed out in an interview with Stephen Cenatiempo on 2CC, there are no ethnic tensions between Macedonia and Croatia. The brawl that occurred was caused by anti-social behaviour by a small minority of fans, rather than any greater ethnic issue. Hadley would like to blame the ethnicity of the clubs instead of recognising the issues that are present within all codes of the game, including his own rugby league.

Multiculturalism is a strength of Australian football. It is part of the identity of the game, allowing us to speak a common language and unite us through the love of the sport. When media personalities regurgitate talking points that are reminiscent of xenophobia, we should defend the game as the uniting force between different cultures it represents. The brawl at the Sydney United vs Rockdale Ilinden FC wasn’t the work of some race war between Macedonians and Croatians, but instead the work of a small minority of attendees who partake in anti-social behaviour at the disadvantage of the clubs and their fans.

The easily debunked arguments made by Hadley are nothing new to those storied to the history of the game in Australia. They are a damaging force that attempts to separate us on our differences, instead of uniting through our passion and love for the game that we share.

Grassroots sport given new lease of life in Frankston

The Frankston City Council have been provided $2.9 million in funding, part of projects that the Victorian Government has been involved with.

The Frankston City Council have been provided $2.9 million in funding, in a move that forms part of the ongoing community sport and recreation infrastructure projects that the Victorian Government has been involved with since 2014 – exceeding the amount of $1 billion.

Ballam Park, home to the Peninsula Strikers Junior Football (Soccer) Club, were granted $300,000 as an investment towards a new pavilion and an installation of new lighting for two pitches to allow further utilisation of the pitches for training and games.

The club consists of around 300 registered players and a rebuilt facility will ensure that it is inclusive for female participants. This is a boost and reassurance of female participation throughout all age groups.

Players and coaches will be delighted to find that the new pavilion created by the grants will include eight new female-friendly changerooms, kitchen, kiosk, social space, referee changerooms, storage, first-aid accessibility and public toilets. On top of this, there will be new parking facilities with street lighting upgrades for patron safety.

In addition to the Victorian Government’s financial contribution to Frankston City Council’s grassroot clubs, RF Miles Recreation Reserve, home to the Seaford Tigers Football (Aussie Rules), Netball and Cricket Clubs, will receive a new pavilion too.

Following consistent growth of participation numbers for the clubs of the three different codes, they will be treated to a brand new two-storey pavilion to cater for them. This will also include female-friendly changerooms and amenities, social and meeting rooms, first-aid room and umpire changerooms.

The oval at RF Miles Recreation Reserve will consist of a reconfigured larger oval with lighting that will meet to AFL standards. Along with this a new scoreboard, a coach’s box, cricket nets and brand-new netball courts.

All was made possible through the government’s Local Sports Grants initiative. The timing of the announcement and delivery conveniently falls in line with the lifestyle recovery post-covid. As such projects will inherently create much needed stimulating and restoration of the local economies, creating new jobs and bringing communities closer together.

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