Michael Cooper appointed as Football South Australia Technical Director

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Football South Australia have announced the arrival of former Joeys National Team Assistant Coach, Michael Cooper, as the new Technical Director of the organisation.

Cooper, a qualified teacher and holder of Football Australia ‘A’ and UEFA ‘B’ Licences, joins Football South Australia from his previous role as Director of Sports at Central Coast Sports College.

Cooper played professionally and semi-professionally in the UK before moving to Australia in 2013.  During his time in the UK, Michael also coached within a number of football environments, including Southampton Football Club’s Academy setup. His coaching appointments since that time include FFA National Boys Development Manager and National Coach Development Manager.

In 2019, Cooper was named Joeys National Team Assistant Coach, working under the leadership of current FA Technical Director, Trevor Morgan, which included tournaments in Thailand and Vietnam in preparation for the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

Cooper also boasts experience in the UK with professional clubs, including Exeter City and Yeovil Town, before undergoing a stint with A-Leagues outfit Newcastle Jets.

Football South Australia CEO Michael Carter was excited to working with Cooper.

“We are delighted to welcome Michael to our team in South Australia. He will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge that will benefit coaches and participants in our elite programs. We look forward to welcoming Michael next month.” he said.

Having been unveiled as the new Football South Australia Technical Director, Cooper acknowledged the pride he felt in joining up with Football SA.

“Football South Australia is well respected for its football culture and I’m proud to be leading the player and coach development pathways in an outstanding new facility.”

Michael will join Football South Australia at their new base – the State Centre for Football – in May.

Newcastle Jets’ new owners add key pieces for upcoming season

Newcastle Jets’ new owners, Maverick Sports Partners, have hired Ken Schembri as General Manager of Football and Ben Hawes as General Manager of Commercial, Digital and Marketing for this upcoming season.

The appointment of Schembri and Hawes reaffirms Maverick Sports Partners’ intent to invest in high-quality resources, which should excite Newcastle fans for this upcoming season.

Schembri had previously worked with the reigning champions, the Central Coast Mariners, being an essential part of establishing the Central Coast Mariners Football Academy and their Centre of Excellence when he joined in 2014.

Schembri will manage the A-League Men’s roster, oversee player performance and development, and handle recruitment for all football departments.

The Mariner’s Academy has produced many young and exciting Australian talent including Garang Kuol and Max Balard who have all gone to join clubs in Europe after their time in Gosford. Schembri has most recently played a key role in Central Coast’s recent success as Head of Football.

Maverick Sports Partners Director Maurice Bisetto commented about the new additions.

“We are excited to have both Ken and Ben join the Newcastle Jets team. They will be integral to the strategy and direction of the Club’s New Era, providing expertise and support, on and off the pitch,” said Bisetto in a club statement.

These two joined the Jets after the club were bought by the Australian company only last month.

Hawes has prior experience in Sponsorship, Marketing and Content roles at the National Rugby League, Sportsbet, BlueBet and Sydney FC.

Hawes will focus on expanding and diversifying the clubs commercial revenue streams which includes growing the sponsorship portfolio. He will also deal with commercialising the club’s digital channels as well as implementing new marketing and fan engagement strategies.

Due to these recent moves, Newcastle have the potential to produce exciting Australian talent and grow its brand across the league which will help the club continue to improve both on and off the pitch and ultimately strengthen their stability for future seasons.

Football Coaches Australia and Martyn Buckie team up for ‘Benefits of Micro Coaching Sessions’

Football Coaches Australia (FCA) and Martyn Buckie will host an online session on Monday, July 29 at 7:30pm AEST.

As part of ‘Benefits of Micro Coaching Sessions’, Buckie will present insights on the benefits of micro coaching sessions for children and youth coaches.

Coaches will get a full understanding on what ‘Micro Sessions’ are and how to implement them into training sessions. He will explain the benefits they provide to both players and coaches and how to design effective ‘Micro Session’ practices.

Buckie is currently the ‘Grassroots Coach Education and Development Manager’ with the Scottish Football Association. He is a UEFA A Licence and Scotttish Advanced Children’s Licence holder. In addition, he is also the advanced Children’s Licence Tutor and Course Manager.

He has a wealth of practical coaching experience as Academy Coach at both Stenhousemuir FC and Falkirk FC.

Attendance to this event will qualify for one-hour CPD with Football Australia.

Sign up via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/martyn-buckie-benefits-of-micro-coaching-sessions-tickets-940768212047?aff=oddtdtcreator

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