Let’s Light Up Football Fund aids Seymour Shaw Park upgrades

Football NSW and the Sutherland Shire Council have announced lighting upgrades were received by Seymour Shaw Park No. 2 ahead of the 2021 season through the Let’s Light Up Football Fund.

Included in the project was the replacement of four new floodlighting poles, reinforced footings and new LED lamps on the new poles.

The upgrades will now allow for Miranda Magpies Football Club to have a field that meets the Australian Lighting Standards (100 lux) for evening-based competitions and training sessions.

Football NSW’s Let’s Light Up Football Fund was designed to focus on the key objectives of improving the footballing experience for players, referees, coaches, administrators and spectators whilst ensuring an accommodating and safe environment for participation.

Football NSW Manager Government Relations, Funding and Infrastructure, Daniel Ristic, acknowledged the significance of seeing another project receive an overdue upgrade.

“It’s fantastic to see the Let’s Light Up Football Fund continuing to deliver such amazing projects to the community,” he said.

“Lighting assists in discouraging high participation use in well-lit areas and spreads training loads evenly, better managing field wear and required maintenance.

“In NSW only 21% of playing fields have 100 lux (or greater) lighting that is considered suitable for community competition football.”

In addition, Field 2 at Seymour Shaw received a full field renovation which will ensure that the club is able to provide an up-to-standard surface for its 1,000 plus players.

The Sutherland Shire Football Association’s (SSFA) local infrastructure strategy prioritises the improvement of potential capacity through increased lighting. Within the Shire, two thirds of football fields do not meet the 50 lux Australian Lighting Standards required for football. Over the next few months, planned developments at Box Road Oval and Kareela Playing Field will match the improvements made to Seymour Shaw.

With the latest Ausplay statistics (April 2021) showing that football is the largest team-based sport in Australia with over 1.8 million participants and therefore demonstrating an increasing demand to play football, upgrades such as the ones for Seymour Shaw are essential in satisfying the growth of the game in Australia.

Federal Budget commits $97 million investment for sport programs

The 2024-25 Federal Budget, which was released on Tuesday night, includes more than $97 million over two years to the ASC to extend Sporting Schools, the Local Sporting Champions, and Local Para Champions programs, and participation funding to help more Australians get active.

This two-year extension runs until 30 June 2026 and helps kids of all different sports afford an opportunity to play at a local level if they come from and under privileged background.

Football Australia is a part of the Sporting Schools program, with each state offering participation Officers and local clubs that are ready to implement in-school and after-school programs for students of ages up to Year 8, plus all abilities programs.

Football Australia use this program to link local football clubs with schools to facilitate an ongoing relationship and provide further opportunity for students to continue their football journey outside of school, whether that be MiniRoos Kick Off, MiniRoos Club or Junior Football.

More than 24,000 young Australians will be supported with the Local Sporting Champions (LSC) and Local Para Champions (LSP) grants programs continuing for a further two years.

These are fantastic programs that have supported Australia’s best athletes including many Matildas like Courtney Nevin, Cortnee Vine, Alex Chidiac, Teagan Micah and Clare Hunt.

World Cup veteran’s Caitlin Foord and Ellie Carpenter also rose to success with assistance from the LSC program throughout their junior careers.

Australian Sports Commission CEO Kieren Perkins OAM mentions the importance of this investment to continue critical national sporting programs.

“Once again, I want to thank Minister Wells and the Australian Government for their continued support and investment in Australian sport,” Perkins said in a statement.

“This funding extends critical sport participation programs like the Participation Grant program and Sporting Schools which provides free and fun sporting opportunities to more than two million students each year.

“This follows last week’s announcement of $249.7 million to upgrade the AIS Campus to ensure our athletes have access to the world’s best testing and training facilities, and accommodation ahead of the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

This is a fantastic initiative that will benefit football amongst other sports and has a history of helping kids of all skill levels play in their respective sport.

The Federal Budget have put in almost $350 to improve sport, mostly around the 2032 Olympic Games but it is great to see some investment in the world game after the huge success of the Women’s World Cup last year.

The biggest Female Football Week to date draws to a close

Female Football week is at its climax across the country with each respective state firmly involved in what has been a monumental year of growth and perseverance with one of the hottest topics amongst the sporting plethora across the nation.

Symbolising the significant strides in which female football has made down under, off the back of its maiden World Cup hosting tenure.

Football Queensland throughout the grand occasion were busy shining a spotlight upon the continuous growth of participation, encouraging women of all ages to become involved and immersed within the global game.

Football Victoria – Commentary

Football Victoria (FV) celebrated women’s football week in style.

Round 8 of the National Premier League Women’s (NPLW) competition within Victoria was unique throughout its coverage, with every match throughout the round featuring a female commentator.

A monumental feat spearheaded by the FV Commentary team, this was the first time an all female commentary round was executed.

Football Queensland

FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci disclosed his appreciation for the momentous occasion via the FQ website.

“While celebrations like FFW serve as a crucial milestone in FQ’s journey towards achieving 50/50 gender parity by 2027 and helps to further reinforce our commitment to enhancing accessibility and inclusivity, our support is not confined to this week, as we remain dedicated to prioritising our female football community year-round.”

Football Queensland – Award Ceremony

Paying homage to Referees, Club Volunteers, Players and Community Champions of the year was conducted through awards up for grabs.

FQ showcased an award ceremony towards multiple facets of football throughout the state.

A nice incentive dedicated to the recognition and appraisal of the hard work undertaken by different areas of football.

The Female Football Week club of the year was awarded to Central Football Club following their extraordinary contribution to female football within Queensland.

Displayed throughout the clubs commitment to female football, the club are fully dedicated to the advancement of women’s football.

Harvesting a fostering environment throughout the club, alongside the nourishment of young promising female footballers has been symbolised by FQ.

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