New directors welcomed at Sport NSW Annual General Meeting

Sport NSW

Sport NSW hosted its Industry Forum and the Annual General Meeting (AGM) earlier this month in-person for the first time since the pandemic started – where two new directors, with an additional returning director, were elected to the board of Sport NSW.

Among the changes to Sport NSW include Erin Lorenzini, Head of Cricket Operations, Government Relations and Infrastructure at Cricket NSW, as well as Maria Nordstrom, Chief Executive Officer at Basketball NSW, along with the current Finance Director, David Sexton, who get the ball rolling in their two-year contracts.

In the meantime, Sport NSW also bid adieu to the former Chairperson, Carolyn Campbell, who had overseen seven successful years as Director, including four as a Chair. At the AGM, Life Membership of Sport NSW was granted to her to acknowledge her monumental contribution to the sector throughout the two stints as a director amounting to 12 years of service.

Sport NSW is an independent not-for-profit organisation for the sport in the state, representing all sporting companies in NSW as The Voice of Sport to elevate and be responsive for any matters that effect every level of sport all around the state, also furthering their development in physical activities in New South Wales.

The strategies of Sport NSW are built on three key pillars, mainly being Advocacy, Recognition and Networking, and Sport Development and Collaboration.

Under the Advocacy program, the not-for-profit organisation represents more than 80 State Sporting Organisations, and also Disability State Sporting Organisations, Local Councils, sports industry bodies, local clubs and sports businesses. Sport NSW support instances for all sport regarding all levels of government, furthermore, other agencies in the interests of the entire division in the state.

As for the Recognition and Networking, it involves celebrating the sporting achievements of athletes by the local community, along with the administrators, officials, coaches and volunteers, also presenting the NSW Champions of Sport Ceremony, together with the annual NSW Sports Awards and NSW Hall of Champions Induction, and the Community Sports Awards along with other professional and social contacts.

For the final pillar which is Sport Development and Collaboration, a key objective of Sport NSW’s blueprint is working with members in building and sharing the knowledge through guidance and showcasing the best practices of the industry.

The existing partners of Sport NSW include but are not limited to the Office of Sport and NSW Communities and Justice in the NSW Government divisions, along with the University of NSW, sports law experts Lander and Rogers, and children’s charity, Variety, helping thousands of kids who have disabilities, chronic illnesses or facing financial difficulties to allowing to be a better version of themselves.

Sport NSW can add its vision of being the Voice of Sport to the existing clubs and organisations in Victoria, especially for the clubs advocating to be in the second division of the A-League, and also providing value for the diligent work of the volunteers throughout the season and everyone else involved at the club, and the loyal supporters who cheer on their club week in, week out.

To find more information about Sport NSW, click here.

Newcastle Jets secure A-League future with new owners confirmed

Newcastle Jets have confirmed Maverick Sports Partners as the Club’s new owners. This ownership, subject to final approval from the APL and Football Australia, will launch a “new era” for the Jets under MSP ownership.

This massive announcement comes not long after Australian Professional Leagues chairman Stephen Conroy failed to guarantee Newcastle’s future only three months ago.

The statement said that Maverick Sports Partners have confirmed an agreement to acquire the Newcastle Jets Football Club and are now deeply focused on implementing their plans to bring long term stability and success to this Club.

The Group lead by experienced sports administrator Maurice Bisetto who played a major part in the establishment of Western United FC in the A-Leagues.

Maverick Sports Group is an Australian sports consortium based out of Wetherhill Park in Sydney’s South-West.

Newcastle Jets CEO Shane Mattiske confirmed the significant news.

“Today is a hugely significant day for this Club and this community, as we confirm Maverick Sports Partners as the new owners of the Jets,” said Mattiske in a club statement.

“Over the last three years, we have built a strong foundation for the future of this football club, and it is exciting to be beginning a new era with incoming owners who believe in the opportunity that exists with this Club, with this community and with football as a whole.

“Throughout our process, Maurice Bisetto, the consortium representative, and his partners have demonstrated a deep understanding of football and how to bring success. They also understand this community and their plans are very much aligned with the work that is already underway. I know the Group will bring positive new thinking, new connections and a wealth of experience that will drive the growth of this Club moving forward.

“With this transition to a permanent ownership structure, it is important to acknowledge the support that the outgoing ownership group has provided to the Club over the last three and a half years. These owners believed in the importance of this Club to this community and to the A-Leagues’ competition as a whole.

“They have played a hugely significant role in the history of this Club and on behalf of all fans and stakeholders of the Jets I want to acknowledge the commitment and contribution they have made to us all. Their huge support of this Club will forever be remembered.”

Maverick Sports Partners Director Maurice Bisetto is determined to connect with the Newcastle, Hunter Valley and Northern NSW Community.

“We believe in this Club, the A-Leagues and its players and we’re determined to build success for the Jets and this region,” said Bisetto in a statement.

“We have been impressed by the strength of football here in this region. We know there is a strong historical fanbase and a strong participation base here and we want to bring all of these people together for our Men’s and Women’s games.

“Our team at Maverick Sports Partners are absolutely committed to, and very excited, about the opportunity that exists here at the Newcastle Jets. We see this as the beginning of a new era for the Newcastle Jets and look forward to building a truly great Club with the support of this community.”

This news is huge for the league and the Jets financially, with the club no longer being a financial responsibility for the four other A-League clubs that funded them (Sydney FC, Western Sydney, Western United and Wellington Phoenix).

The Jets can easily recruit players and rebuild to become a stronger unit on the field whilst securing stability off it, and the foundation A-League club with a healthy fanbase and great location can continue to exist.

Iconic Lambert Park re-opens after $2m refurbishment

Lambert Park, home of the APIA Leichardt Football Club, officially re-opened on the weekend after a successful $2m refurbishment.

The extensive investment for the iconic local club includes:

– Replacement of the all-weather playing surface

– Improved drainage

– New concrete edge, stairs and fencing around the perimeter

– Improved access with a new ramp to allow access on the field

The ground is gradually improving to become one of the premier NPL surfaces in the country and this is another one of many recent upgrades helped by the commitment of the Inner West Council.

Currently the ground has two main stands on either side of the playing surface. In the southern stands, there are dressing room facilities, a social club with views of the game, press facilities and media facilities.

On Sunday, the new look Lambert Park was the home for the APIA Leichardt vs Gladesville Ravens NPL Women’s game, and the day was spent in celebration of the refurbishment, as the club organised an event.

The event included an official ceremony by Inner West Council pre-game, free ice cream and activations which drew a decent crowd to the game.

APIA posted an update regarding Sunday’s re-opening.

“Lambert Park was filled with Maroon and Blue as over 400 predominantly female footballers celebrated the $2 million Lambert Park upgrade,” APIA confirmed on their social media accounts.

“The day was filled with some fantastic football and some great activations and enjoyed by all.

“The clubs would also like to thank local clubs Balmain & District Football Club, Leichardt Saints and opponents on the day Gladesville Ravens Women’s NPL football for supporting the day.

“It was a special day for football in our community.”

Lambert Park is an iconic ground that has seen some of Australia’s best names start their careers there since it was first used in 1954.

APIA Leichardt Football Club has produced more Matildas and Socceroos than any other club in Australian history.

The ground gets another much deserved upgrade and will continue to host NPL NSW matches across all age groups in both men’s and women’s competitions.

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