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Major parties support lighting upgrade at Thornton’s Allan and Don Lawrence Field

Thornton Junior Football Club is expected to receive new lighting after Labor and Liberal candidates for Paterson signalled funding if elected on May 21.

Allan and Don Lawrence Field needs new lights installed to increase Friday night competition and mid-week training opportunities.

Member for Paterson Meryl Swanson championed the opportunity if Labor is elected.

“You have my commitment that I am going to be taking this request, from this club, and others forward to the October budget if we are elected under an Albanese Government, to make sure that we do upgrade the lights here,” Swanson told Northern NSW Football.

Liberal candidate for Paterson Brooke Vitnell is equally confident of a funding outcome for Thornton Junior Football Club.

“I’m going to be rattling the can around if I’m given the great opportunity to represent this community in two weeks’ time. I’ll be hunting for funding for organisations just like this and I’m pretty darn determined and pretty good at what I do too,” Vitnell told Northern NSW Football.

Increasing participation opportunities, particularly for women and girls, is central to any funding commitment from the major parties. A cash injection will come off the back of lobbying from Northern NSW Football’s #EQUALISER campaign.

Northern NSW Football CEO David Eland outlined only 25 per cent of football facilities in Paterson are regarded as being female friendly.

“As Australia’s largest team participation sport, the football community has asked government to deliver an equaliser for women and girls’ football ahead of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup to be held in Australia and New Zealand,” Eland told Northern NSW Football.

Thornton Junior Football Club is thriving with 500 participants, including more than 100 females.

“We have experienced 45 per cent growth in players over the last five years and installing new lights at our home ground will increase our capacity to provide positive football experiences and get more girls playing,” Thornton Junior FC club secretary Kristen Birkett told Northern NSW Football.

“Thanks to both Meryl and Brooke from the Labor and Liberal parties for their commitment to our community and getting more girls active.”

NNSWF Community Football Manager Ross Hicks said the #EQUALISER campaign was designed to support grassroots football to deliver new, or improved, female-friendly facilities through direct engagement with the government during the 2022 federal election.

“A Football Australia audit of 3,000 facilities showed only 35 per cent are female friendly. We agree this needs to change if we want to hit our goal of 35 per cent female participation by 2023. With a home World Cup next year, now is the time for the upgrade,” Hicks told Northern NSW Football.

The $150,000 project has been approved and costed by Maitland City Council.

DAZN Canada secures exclusive rights to UEFA national team matches

Global sports streaming platform DAZN has announced a multi-year, exclusive rights deal for its Canadian arm to stream the UEFA Nations League, European Qualifiers and International friendlies for the next six years.

The deal will come into effect from June 1 this year and runs until 2028, streaming the following competitions:

  • UEFA Nations League 2022/23, 2024/25, and 2026/27 inc. UEFA Nations League Finals 2023, 2025 and 2027
  • European Qualifiers to UEFA EURO 2024 and UEFA EURO 2028
  • European Qualifiers to 2026 FIFA World Cup
  • International Friendlies
  • Finalissima Match in 2022 and 2024

DAZN Canada currently streams the English Premier League, the UEFA Champions League, Major League Soccer, and other sports including the United States’ Major Football League and various combat sports.

The deal includes a minimum of 57 national team matches between now and 2028 for top European nations including England, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and France.

“We’re excited to bring more soccer to DAZN subscribers in Canada via another package of premium UEFA competitions,” Norm Lem, SVP, DAZN Canada told dazn.com.

“Alongside both UEFA Men’s and Women’s Champions League as well as UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League, this multitude of UEFA National Team matches will give fans an even bigger library of live soccer to enjoy on DAZN in Canada.”

Football Queensland launches FQ Coaches Club Pilot Program

Football Queensland has announced the launch of the FQ Coaches Club, a brand new initiative designed to provide additional support and development opportunities for community coaches.

Upskilling more coaches to give them greater chance of success in local and community clubs is a priority of FQ and football across the country.

“Improving accessibility of coach development opportunities is crucial in order to support the growth of the game, especially at the community level,” FQ General Manager – Football and State Technical Director Gabor Ganczer told Football Queensland

“Coaches play a primary role in shaping the experiences of participants, so the FQ Coaches Club will not only benefit the coaches involved by providing them with an additional level of support but will also ultimately lead to better outcomes for community clubs and players.” 

FQ Club Development Ambassador – Head of Coaching Davide Bertamini echoed Ganczer’s statements.

“The FQ Coaches Club provides a valuable opportunity for community coaches, Club Coach Coordinators and those who have recently completed a C Licence to gain extra advice and support, with a key focus on session design and delivery,” he said to Football Queensland.

“The informal workshop format of the FQ Coaches Club will allow coaches in attendance to be grouped in order to receive tailored guidance based on the age and level of the players they’re coaching.  

“Coach developers from Football Queensland and from various clubs will deliver the FQ Coaches Club sessions in a pilot program across South East Queensland before the program is expanded into regional parts of the state. 

“We look forward to welcoming coaches from across the game to our upcoming sessions which kick off next week.”

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