New community sporting facility at Woodvale’s Chichester Park opens

Woodvale’s Chichester Park has been opened as the City’s newest community sporting facility.

The redevelopment project, delivered by the City and club sponsor Geared Construction Pty Ltd, has sought to end the previous challenges of the site and provide a suitable modern sporting facility for the wider Woodvale community.

The revamped building features the following:

  • Meeting room with four change rooms
  • An umpires’ change room
  • First aid room
  • Toilets
  • Kitchen
  • Storage areas
  • Additional parking bays
  • A new barbecue/picnic area
  • Underground drainage for the southern playing field

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob described it as a “fantastic new era” for park users.

“These great local clubs, players, and supporters now have a home they can truly be proud of,” he said.

“The new building addresses the previous challenges of the site, and this sleek modern facility will cater for the needs of male and female users, and the wider Woodvale community, for decades to come.

“The City of Joondalup’s vision is to be bold, creative, and prosperous, and I commend our Council for being bold enough to push ahead with this important project when they did, despite challenges in the construction market at the time. Their foresight has resulted in a community asset we can all be very proud of.”

Kingsley Westside President Chris Brady expressed his gratitude for the new facility in a press release:

“We’ve been playing out of Chichester Park since the 90s, so we are sort of the original tenants of the place,” he said.

“(And) certainly as our club grew and became more successful, this facility became past its fit for purpose stage.

“The northern suburbs of Perth is really the soccer capital of WA, so we are very lucky that we’ve been granted this facility, as there are other clubs who don’t have facilities anywhere near as good as this.”

The $5.6 million redevelopment, which is home to Kingsley Westside, most recently played host to an Australia Cup match between prominent NPL WA outfit Perth Redstar and the famed Blue and Yellow.

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.

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