Joondalup United makes Pentanet Stadium its home once more

Pentanet Stadium

Joondalup United (JUFC) will make their highly awaited return to Pentanet Stadium (HBF Arena) in Joondalup on July 22. JUFC will play Subiaco AFC in an exciting state league match, which will be a one-time event for the time being.

This reunion, made possible through a breakthrough collaboration between JUFC and West Perth Football Club (WPFC), opens the door to both clubs making a long-term commitment to nurturing local sporting talent and creating opportunities in Perth’s northern suburbs.

The homecoming also provides a golden chance for JUFC’s dedicated fans, who witnessed the club’s modest beginnings, to bask in its former glory at an elite venue.

Pentanet Stadium, after significant renovations, has solidified its status as one of the premier WAFL venues, and spectators on the day can expect a fantastic matchday experience with cutting-edge facilities, including a fully equipped bar and food outlet.

WPFC CEO Joe McCarthy said via a club press release:

“WPFC is excited to see how this relationship evolves. Joondalup United are an important part of the local community and have been struggling with facilities for a long time. We welcome all their fans to Pentanet Stadium for what will be a great display of sports working with sports.”

JUFC President Ghaz Ramli added via press release:

“JUFC would like to thank West Perth Football Club for their partnership and giving our club an opportunity to build on. We would also like to thank VenuesWest for their support in making this one-off game a reality with the hope of a positive future.”

According to reports, it has been suggested that Pentanet Stadium may become the home ground for JUFC in the upcoming 2024 season. Should the proposal receive approval, it would entail a co-share partnership with West Perth.

More information will be communicated from JUFC in due course, regarding match attendance.

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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