Long-term Central Coast Mariners partner gets due reward

DMC Conveyor Services and Central Coast Mariners

DMC Conveyors, a vital long-term supporter of Central Coast Mariners, was rewarded on the eve of the new A-League seasons – as the Mariners Women front-of-shirt sponsor.

The club’s partnership with DMC Conveyors began in 2018 and during that time DMC has been a financial backer of both the Mariners men’s side and their academy.

Hence, this move to support the Mariners Women’s side means that DMC will have acted as a major benefactor for the club across all of its major sports programs.

DMC is a local business, and the partnership has been spearheaded by its founders Michael and Jennifer Dovey.

In the club’s press release, it citied the couple’s involvement in helping the Mariners fund and organise community focused events including the clubs Christmas Carols and annual New Years Eve Fireworks. The pair have also been quietly supporting other grassroots clubs in the Central Coast region.

It is apparent that DMC is a vital partner to the Mariners, and it is great to see the club reward an important on-going sponsor.

Central Coast Mariners CEO Shaun Mielekamp reflected the importance of DMC for the club and expressed their pride in having DMC feature so prominently with their Women’s side.

“We are moved by Michael and Jennifer’s commitment to the growth of women’s football here on the Coast. Their decision to continue this generous support for our Women’s team reflects their genuine passion for the sport and their belief in its potential to inspire and empower young athletes in our community,” he said via press release.

“This partnership is not just about football, but also a collaborative approach to the shared vision we have about building up and supporting the Central Coast Community. We are grateful and appreciative of DMC’s continued support, and we look forward to achieving great success together on and off the pitch.”

DMC Founder Michael Dovey expressed his firm’s pleasure at being featured and expressed their ongoing commitment to the Mariners both on and off the pitch.

“After six years with the Mariners and with DMC’s commitment to the club growing annually, the time felt right to become a major partner of the Central Coast Mariners leading into their return to the A-League Women’s competition,” he added via media release.

“After the success of the World Cup it is an extremely exciting time for Women’s football in Australia. DMC are pleased to be able to continue giving back to the Central Coast through our sponsorship of the Mariners, with it being amazing to have a professional women’s team back in the region.

“To have a clear pathway for young girls and women on the Coast is exciting. Heading into the team’s first season we want to see them not only compete, but also be successful and challenge, which we know will happen. To be able to help support the team through this sponsorship and other means is something that DMC are really proud of.”

This announcement on the eve of the new A-League season is a great sign that as the competition grows, where the league’s traditional and local sponsors will continue to feature in the game.

It is nice to see a local business be rewarded and this deal is sure to benefit not only the Mariners and DMC but also the wider community that both partners have been so keen to support historically.

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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