New directors welcomed at Sport NSW Annual General Meeting

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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.

FIFPRO Asia/Oceania report of AFC Champions League assesses the cost of competition for players and clubs

FIFPRO Asia/Oceania has published a report on key financial findings from the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) flagship club competition, the AFC Champions League (ACL).

The report, AFC Champions League Analysis Report: Counting the cost for players and clubs, was produced alongside sporting intelligence agency Twenty First Group (TFG).

This analysis is in response to the announcement of AFC Champions League Elite (ACLE) commencing in July this year, as revealed by the AFC in December 2022.

Based on TFG’s analysis, insights and feedback from participating players and clubs, the report addresses the feasibility of running ACLE with key factors including on-field quality and competitive balance, attendances and fan engagement, economics for clubs and players, travel and workload, competition design, and football development outcomes.

The research undertaken focusses on the value of introducing ACLE, based on the current operations of the ACL.

“This report analyses the merits and drawbacks of the current AFC Champions League based on various data and the results indicate that the merits do not outweigh the drawbacks for most players and clubs, making it an unsustainable system,” FIFPRO Asia/Oceania Chair Takuya Yamazaki outlines in the report.

“However, this does not mean that the future of football in Asia is bleak. On the contrary, we believe that this economically significant region can lead a discussion for truly sustainable competition formats.”

The report is the most comprehensive public analysis of the ACL and includes recommendations for what the AFC should be implementing.

“For players, the development of competitions is central to their employment conditions and future opportunities. As its primary workforce, the players are determined to play their role to shape a sustainable and innovation-driven future for the football sector in Asia,” Yamazaki added.

World Leagues Forum is involved in representing professional football leagues on a global level. General Secretary Jerome Perlemuter explained that collaboration between all stakeholders in the Asian region would help shape and deliver sustainable competitions.

“FIFPRO’s contribution to shaping the future of Asian continental competitions is most welcome,” Perlemuter said.

“Sustainable football development requires confederations, leagues and players to work together with a common objective to shape high potential continental competitions in a consistent global calendar. In this context, it is important to consider economic, geographical and cultural specificities. We look forward to continuing these discussions with FIFPRO and all stakeholders.”

To see the report in full, you can do so here.

Wellington Phoenix team up with Chinese outfit Tianjin Tiger

Wellington Phoenix have partnered with Chinese Super League team Tianjin Tiger to boost football growth in both nations.

As part of the Wellington Phoenix Tianjin Tiger Sister City Friendship, the clubs have agreed to hold an annual encounter between their men’s first teams.

The inaugural Wellington Phoenix F.C. vs. Tianjin Tiger F.C. Sister City Shield match is set to take place in Tianjin this September, with the second in Wellington next year.

The strategic collaboration was formed after Phoenix general manager David Dome visited Tianjin in September as part of a business delegation headed by Wellington Mayor Tory Whanau.

The club hosted a delegation from Tianjin, and the two sides signed the Memorandum of Understanding at the Mayor’s office.

Phoenix general manager David Dome was thrilled with the partnership going through.

“The mayoral delegation to China last year was invaluable and I’m thrilled about this partnership with Tianjin Jinmen Tiger, which will be of benefit to the club on multiple levels,” he said via press release.

“Not only will the men get to play a Chinese Super League side as part of their A-League pre-season each year, but the academy will soon benefit from an influx of footballers from Tianjin.

“We’re looking to grow our academy to have an international component and Tianjin Jinmen have committed to sending some young players to Wellington to attend training camps in July and we’re discussing the possibility of their juniors being part of a new international academy annual programme.

“International students are essential for the secondary and tertiary education sector in Wellington and we are evaluating how an elite international academy focused on football can be part of New Zealand’s international education offering.”

Wellington mayor Tory Whanau added that the city is excited about the opportunity. 

“I’d like to congratulate David Dome and the wider team for the work they’ve done on this MoU,” he stated via press release.

“I’m beyond stoked that the delegation last September has resulted in this MoU between the Wellington Phoenix and Tianjin Jinmen Tiger. 

“The development opportunities for both the clubs will be invaluable to not only football but also our cities.”

The Phoenix are enjoying a successful A-league campaign where they currently sit top of the table 18 games into the season.

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