New Chair for 2021 Powerchair Football World Cup announced

One of Australia’s prominent former players has agreed to take the position of the Chair in the Local Organising Committee for the 2021 Powerchair Football World Cup held in Sydney during October.

With more than 320 appearances to his name in the former National Soccer League, Andy Harper has become the new chair and adds to a distinguished committee made up of FFA, Football NSW, Hyundai A-League club and Powerchair Football administrators and players.

Within the committee, both CEOs of the Sydney based clubs, John Tsatsimas and Danny Townsend,  are key members. There is also highly-respected local sports lawyer Stuart Corbishley supporting the committee after recently going to the 2018 Invictus Games.

The Powerchair Football World Cup will be held at the Quay Centre in October 2021 and will involve around 10 countries from around the world.

Harper’s appointment as Chair is something that is proud to be leading the way with.

“I’m thrilled to be involved with this inspirational group of people, he said.

“Powerchair football is great to watch, certainly, but the character, passion, determination and perseverance of the players and their support networks is really the most outstanding thing.

“As well as acknowledging and supporting this part of Australia’s football family, the 2021 Powerchair Football World Cup will importantly generate increased empathy for those football lovers amongst us who face acute and very specific challenges every day of their lives.”

The following names are all those who currently have a place on the committee:

  • Andy Harper (Committee Chair)
  • Peter Turnbull (Australia Powerchair Football Association)
  • Matt Cross (Australia Powerchair Football Association)
  • Michael Keyte (Australia Powerchair Football Association)
  • Martin Dalrymple (Australia Powerchair Football Association)
  • Jacob Cross (Australia Powerchair Football Association)
  • Chris Suffield (Australia Powerchair Football Association)
  • Stuart Corbishley (Corbishley Law)
  • John Tsatsimas (Western Sydney Wanderers)
  • Danny Townsend (Sydney FC)
  • Peter Hugg (Football NSW)
  • Charlotte Ercil (Football NSW)
  • Aaron Dibdin (Football NSW)
  • Matt Rippon (Football Federation Australia)

The addition of Harper to this panel comes at a very important time as the World Cup preparations are already underway.

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Liam Watson is the Co-Founder & Publisher of Soccerscene. He reports widely on football policy, industry matters and technology.

Football Queensland and Roar Football in the Community program to capitalise on growth

Football Queensland (FQ) have announced a partnership with A-League staple Brisbane Roar as the member federation continues to build towards their 2026 strategic growth plan.

The two organisations have combined to launch a community incentive, titled ‘Football Queensland and Roar Football in the Community’.

As a result of the collaboration, it is an Australian first – as no club across the country has experienced a feat  which is being exhibited in Queensland between the Roar and governing body.

This gound-breaking alliance has effectively reinforced the established relationship between the state and one of the country’s most renowned football clubs, drawing emphasis upon the strategy of building upon the ongoing development and support of football within Queensland.

Football Queensland and Roar Football in the Community will deliver a vast variety of grassroots football clinics, sessions, events and community engagement programs to young aspiring boy and girl participants.

FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci disclosed his assertiveness in FQ hitting the 2026 strategy plan, with the newly found partnership a step in the right direction.

“Combining our strong ties to the grassroots football community with Brisbane Roar’s connection to football fans across the state ensures we can implement best practice delivery methods to unite the game in Queensland,” he said via media release.

Brisbane Roar FC Chairman & CEO Kaz Patafta discussed his admiration towards the expansion of the Club’s reach in the new state wide opportunity.

“We’re delighted to expand Brisbane Roar FC’s reach throughout the Queensland football community as we continue working collaboratively with Football Queensland to pave the way for innovative and strategic opportunities for the game,” he added via press release.

This community program intends on introducing young boys and girls to the sport of football, in attempts to increase participation numbers.

It is a strict objective in which FQ are adamant in achieving, all in accordance to their 2024-2026 Development Strategy.

Additionally, the programs created are crafted for children across the state of Queensland, with a database featured on the community program website, allowing parents to navigate the closest programs within their respective area of the state.

Schools are also invited to become involved – find out more about Football in the Community here: https://footballqueensland.com.au/football-in-the-community/

Volunteers valued throughout nationwide week in their honour

Volunteers are the backbone of sports clubs across the nation, within the lifespan of a successful club, volunteers throughout generations are selflessly involved.

National Volunteer Week 2024 is an incentive created by Volunteering Australia (VA) who have continued the promotion of volunteers since their inception in 1991.

Founded under the National Secretariat Program, VA are the peak organisation for volunteers across the country.

National Volunteer week has officially began, with its conclusion occurring on Sunday.

Coaches, administrators, referees and team managers all fall under the plethora of volunteers in whom without it the day to day living organism of a club would cease to exist.

Selfless within the endeavours undertaken, volunteers dedicate time and effort at the betterment of a sports club.

Playing a pivotal role in various aspects of a sports club operations. They are the unsung heroes in building chemistry amongst players, club participants and officials.

Unifying a broader community under the umbrella of a sporting entity.

Football across the nation have showcased their appreciation towards volunteers.

Football NSW have swiftly acknowledged the continuous contributions made by volunteers throughout the state by disclosing their participation within the week.

As stated on their website, Football NSW CEO John Tsatsimas touched upon the importance in which volunteers possess.

“Every week we see thousands of dedicated volunteers, committed administrators, and mums and dads giving their time to ensure our players of all ages can enjoy the beautiful game.

“Volunteers are the lifeblood of our game – the grassroots appeal of our game would not be what it is without their passion for the sport and undying commitment to their local club and community.”

Football NSW are honouring the volunteers within the state through Football NSW Champion Volunteer Pieces, all to be presented across social media platforms and the NSW website throughout the duration of volunteer week.

Additionally, the theme for this year’s annual National Volunteer Week is “Something for Everyone”. Placing a firm emphasis upon recognition of diversity within the volunteering community.

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