Langwell Harper: The importance of investing in the growth of Australian football

Langwell Harper is an exclusive real estate agency located in Kew, Victoria. The company has been advising and meeting clients’ needs to the highest level over the past 25 years.

Peter Daicos (Director) and Arthur Korf (Principle Property Consultant, Development Advisory) began the company in 1996, after deciding to bring a different level of personalisation to the real estate profession – previously working at Collings Real Estate.

“The name comes from both of Arthur’s and Peter’s first sales in real estate – Langwells Parade and Harper Street,” Adrian Garra, Sales Consultant for Langwell Harper, explained.

“Since day one the company has retained and gained clients that now refer to them for all property needs from leasing to development and investment advice.”

The organisation has found great success throughout its time, due to a strong principled approach.

“We stay away from volume sales and expensive self-promoting marketing and focus on delivering a personalised and tailored service that suits each party’s best needs,” Garra stated.

“It’s not to just turnover the quickest commission for ourselves, each transaction is based off advice we ourselves would take if we were selling our own assets.”

Adrian Garra – Sales Consultant at Langwell Harper

The real estate agency has recently entered an agreement with Soccerscene, investing in the world game industry – but on a local scale.

The organisation hopes to engage all of the wider football public and offer services which will be rewarding for them.

“It is all about building relationships,” Garra said.

“Several individuals that are part of the team have been around the world game for over 30 years and we felt it was a great opportunity to continue that relationship further by investing in the football industry.

“We want to help accelerate the growth around footballing activity in this country and help to continue to grow the game.

“It’s about giving back to the game that many of us have grown up loving and still have a burning passion for. You could say it was our first love before property!”

Overall, representatives at Langwell Harper believe Australian football will reach greater heights. However, issues that exist in the game’s own backyard need to be addressed.

“We think that there is a long way to go in the country with regards to football,” Garra said.

“With current discussion around a B League and further investment into the game, there is light at the end of the tunnel.

“The focus at present should be about uniting the old with the new. We have noticed a divide between those that supported the NSL and don’t get involved with the A-League, that gap needs to be bridged in order for the game to grow.

“Better infrastructure, better coaching and more football people working for the game.”

Langwell Harper understand the importance of connecting with the local community and they hope to expand on the strong links they have developed, into the long-term future.

“With both partners and staff all being locals of Boroondara for over 20 years each, we want to connect more with the local community and use our real-life experience and intimate knowledge of these areas to help people truly get the best agent experience they can,” Garra said.

Adrian Garra – Reflecting on football growth

“Being able to connect with the local community is a cornerstone to any business and our real estate company is no different.

“We find it really important to continue to build and foster relationships with each individual either on a business level or personally.

“The importance of nurturing ties and holding an individual’s hand through the sale of a property (sometimes their biggest asset) is of high importance as we know for a fact, it can be one of the most stressful situations an individual can go through.

“By being Professional, Authentic, Adaptive and Committed, it’s really what this business is built on and why the local community will always get the best from us ensuring continued community support and connection.”

Visit Langwell Harper’s website here.


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Newcastle Jets secure A-League future with new owners confirmed

Newcastle Jets have confirmed Maverick Sports Partners as the Club’s new owners. This ownership, subject to final approval from the APL and Football Australia, will launch a “new era” for the Jets under MSP ownership.

This massive announcement comes not long after Australian Professional Leagues chairman Stephen Conroy failed to guarantee Newcastle’s future only three months ago.

The statement said that Maverick Sports Partners have confirmed an agreement to acquire the Newcastle Jets Football Club and are now deeply focused on implementing their plans to bring long term stability and success to this Club.

The Group lead by experienced sports administrator Maurice Bisetto who played a major part in the establishment of Western United FC in the A-Leagues.

Maverick Sports Group is an Australian sports consortium based out of Wetherhill Park in Sydney’s South-West.

Newcastle Jets CEO Shane Mattiske confirmed the significant news.

“Today is a hugely significant day for this Club and this community, as we confirm Maverick Sports Partners as the new owners of the Jets,” said Mattiske in a club statement.

“Over the last three years, we have built a strong foundation for the future of this football club, and it is exciting to be beginning a new era with incoming owners who believe in the opportunity that exists with this Club, with this community and with football as a whole.

“Throughout our process, Maurice Bisetto, the consortium representative, and his partners have demonstrated a deep understanding of football and how to bring success. They also understand this community and their plans are very much aligned with the work that is already underway. I know the Group will bring positive new thinking, new connections and a wealth of experience that will drive the growth of this Club moving forward.

“With this transition to a permanent ownership structure, it is important to acknowledge the support that the outgoing ownership group has provided to the Club over the last three and a half years. These owners believed in the importance of this Club to this community and to the A-Leagues’ competition as a whole.

“They have played a hugely significant role in the history of this Club and on behalf of all fans and stakeholders of the Jets I want to acknowledge the commitment and contribution they have made to us all. Their huge support of this Club will forever be remembered.”

Maverick Sports Partners Director Maurice Bisetto is determined to connect with the Newcastle, Hunter Valley and Northern NSW Community.

“We believe in this Club, the A-Leagues and its players and we’re determined to build success for the Jets and this region,” said Bisetto in a statement.

“We have been impressed by the strength of football here in this region. We know there is a strong historical fanbase and a strong participation base here and we want to bring all of these people together for our Men’s and Women’s games.

“Our team at Maverick Sports Partners are absolutely committed to, and very excited, about the opportunity that exists here at the Newcastle Jets. We see this as the beginning of a new era for the Newcastle Jets and look forward to building a truly great Club with the support of this community.”

This news is huge for the league and the Jets financially, with the club no longer being a financial responsibility for the four other A-League clubs that funded them (Sydney FC, Western Sydney, Western United and Wellington Phoenix).

The Jets can easily recruit players and rebuild to become a stronger unit on the field whilst securing stability off it, and the foundation A-League club with a healthy fanbase and great location can continue to exist.

Iconic Lambert Park re-opens after $2m refurbishment

Lambert Park, home of the APIA Leichardt Football Club, officially re-opened on the weekend after a successful $2m refurbishment.

The extensive investment for the iconic local club includes:

– Replacement of the all-weather playing surface

– Improved drainage

– New concrete edge, stairs and fencing around the perimeter

– Improved access with a new ramp to allow access on the field

The ground is gradually improving to become one of the premier NPL surfaces in the country and this is another one of many recent upgrades helped by the commitment of the Inner West Council.

Currently the ground has two main stands on either side of the playing surface. In the southern stands, there are dressing room facilities, a social club with views of the game, press facilities and media facilities.

On Sunday, the new look Lambert Park was the home for the APIA Leichardt vs Gladesville Ravens NPL Women’s game, and the day was spent in celebration of the refurbishment, as the club organised an event.

The event included an official ceremony by Inner West Council pre-game, free ice cream and activations which drew a decent crowd to the game.

APIA posted an update regarding Sunday’s re-opening.

“Lambert Park was filled with Maroon and Blue as over 400 predominantly female footballers celebrated the $2 million Lambert Park upgrade,” APIA confirmed on their social media accounts.

“The day was filled with some fantastic football and some great activations and enjoyed by all.

“The clubs would also like to thank local clubs Balmain & District Football Club, Leichardt Saints and opponents on the day Gladesville Ravens Women’s NPL football for supporting the day.

“It was a special day for football in our community.”

Lambert Park is an iconic ground that has seen some of Australia’s best names start their careers there since it was first used in 1954.

APIA Leichardt Football Club has produced more Matildas and Socceroos than any other club in Australian history.

The ground gets another much deserved upgrade and will continue to host NPL NSW matches across all age groups in both men’s and women’s competitions.

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