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

Lighting 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.

Granville & District Soccer Football Association announce brand-new X-League

GDSFA

The Granville & District Soccer Football Association (GDSFA) have announced the creation of a new top tier local Men’s Seniors competition, named the X-League.

Kicking off in March of 2022, the GDSFA will be looking to play 22 rounds of football competition each and every Friday evenings across the Granville Association. In addition, there are a number of exciting initiatives that the organisers have thrown into the mix to assure that this will be one of the most appealing local Senior Men’s competition across NSW.

Such incentives include:

  • Livestream Broadcast & Commentary of ‘Match of the Round’
  • Local officials and talent officiating matches
  • 2 Leagues (X-League 1 and X-League 2)
  • 12 Teams in each league
  • Single Team format of up to 20 players per team
  • Promotion and Relegation
  • Prize Money for Premiers and Champions
  • Season Launch Party with special guest
  • End of Season Player & Team Awards Evening
  • Entry into Australia’s oldest knockout competition “The Cottam Cup”
  • NPL Opportunities
  • ‘Match of the Round’ played at the legendary Melita Stadium home of the Parramatta Eagles FC

Granville & District Soccer FA’s General Manager Scott Sadler was looking forward to the new challenge of this concept, that was struck up with a few local and passionate Club administrators wanting to promote, collaborate and deliver new ways of getting more people interested with the world game.

“Back in May, myself and Joe Bacha (Rydalmere FC’s First Grade Coach) met at a café to catch up and chew the fat over the state of play of GDSFA football,” Sadler said.

“As many will know it’s not been an easy ride for them over the last few years, and Joe wanted to bring some of his observations and ideas on how we could improve our Men’s Premier League given we had gone from having 10 teams in the 2020 season and reduced to six in the 2021 season.

“Rydalmere FC have shown great character in rebuilding their club culture and in turn they have seen the fruits of their labour with a fantastic facility being constructed. We started to get some ideas down on paper and the ball was rolling, but Covid lockdown reared its ugly head for round 2 and so we got stuck into battening down the hatches.

“A working group was eventually formed, and the brainstorming sessions commenced every Wednesday, and are still ongoing looking at how we could make the Men’s Premiership Competition more viable and inclusive for all clubs to get involved.

“It has been great to watch the clubs coming together and collaborating on ideas, and between them they have come up with the concept of the X-League.”

Even though the league will be open to Men’s for the 2022 season, the Association has stated that plans are underway to offer this league concept towards the Women and Youth clubs in the football mad area.

“We are definitely looking at expanding in both the Women’s and Youth sectors once we get the Men’s off the ground in 2022 as that has always been our intention,” they said.

“GDSFA is the OG of football within Australia, we may not have done everything right along the way, but we have helped to shape football in some way shape or form.

“With the X-League, we are wanting to offer grassroots football a high standard of football for a very competitive membership fee, giving value for money for each player involved.”

Football Queensland team up with Queensland University of Technology to deliver programs for players and coaches

Football Queensland have announced a partnership with the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), to deliver various coaching courses and social football programs for students.

FQ Women and Girls Participation Officer, Kate Lawson, stated that students completing their studies at QUT can register to undertake a free MiniRoos coaching course on Wednesday, 20 October at QUT Stadium.

“This MiniRoos coaching course is aimed at any QUT students – including international students – who want to begin their coach education journey,” she said.

“There are opportunities opening up for qualified coaches to work with Football Queensland to deliver programs for women and girls, multicultural communities and in schools.

“We know that Queensland universities are home to thousands of football enthusiasts, and we are keen to work with educational institutions across the state to support students and grow the game.

“Beginning next Wednesday, 27 October, students will be able to participate in an eight-week Connecting Through Sport Mixed Multicultural Social Football program.

“I encourage all students to come along and get involved in the MiniRoos coaching course or the social football program.”

Football Queensland’s partnership with the university has come off the back of an informal social football program that has been running at the college since August of last year.

QUT Sport Project Coordinator Michael Jordan said of the partnership: “QUT Sport is delighted to be partnering with Football Queensland to offer a range of social and coaching opportunities for QUT students.

“We are excited about the upcoming coaching course and the Connecting Through Sports program to encourage students to be active, meet new people and learn some new football skills.”

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