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New home for Matildas planned

Melbourne could be the new home for the Australian women’s national team with a bold initiative by Football Victoria getting some huge support.

FFA chairman Chris Nikou approves of the idea that a state-of-the-art facility can be built to cater for the Matildas as their home base. A new complex will be built and would be worth between $60 million and $80 million.

It comes after Football Victoria said themselves that they can lead the way for this new development and the nation they ‘can lead the way in women’s sport.’

Women at or aspiring to be at the elite level will benefit from resources and through Nikou’s backing, it is most likely going to get the green light.

With a $200,000 grant received from the Andrews Government, it is one step in the right direction for this long-term plan.

Liam Watson is the Managing Editor at Soccerscene. He reports widely on football policy, industry matters and technology.

Australian Professional Leagues announce minority investment from Silver Lake

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Australian Professional Leagues (APL), the entity responsible for the operation, commercialisation and marketing of professional football in Australia, have today announced that Silver Lake, a global leader in technology investing, has made a significant minority investment in the organisation.

The investment will drive technology enhancements and innovation aimed at improving the fan experience and driving further development of the game in Australia. The transaction values APL at approximately USD$300m / AUD $425M.

Silver Lake’s investment aimed at supporting APL’s sustained, long-term growth strategy for the leagues, with a measured deployment of capital over the coming years. Funds will be used to drive enhancements widely across many aspects of the professional game.

APL’s digital first strategy will continue to evolve with a focus on marketing, product development and strengthening its direct-to-consumer execution.

Funds will also be allocated to support the on-field enhancement of the A-Leagues including increased investment in all competitions with a specific focus on extended growth in the Liberty A-League Women and A-League Youth competitions. Additional investment is planned to be deployed for development of unique community engagement propositions to further connect the game.

Silver Lake Managing Director Stephen Evans will become a Member of the APL Board.

Commenting on the announcement, A-Leagues Chair Paul Lederer said:

“Silver Lake is a world-class leader in technology and media investing and this partnership is a testament to the compelling opportunities for growth and even better, deeper fan engagement that our leagues are cultivating. This valuation recognises the latent potential that has long existed in the professional game in Australia, and the ability of our board and executive team to realise that potential.

“We welcome the opportunity to work closely with Silver Lake to harness the team’s experience, including around new technology adoption and other growth strategies critical to realising the potential of Australian football.”

Silver Lake Managing Director Stephen Evans added:

“The Australian Professional Leagues has a large, growing and passionate fan base across its 13 teams and the organisation has made great strides as it focuses on leveraging technology to strengthen Australian football and enrich the fan experience.

“We are excited to partner with the Board, Danny Townsend, and the entire executive team to help further accelerate APL’s digital transformation and support its continued momentum and ambitious vision for long-term sustainable and inclusive growth.”

The Silver Lake transaction has been approved by the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) and Football Australia.

Northern NSW Football hosts first all-female coaching course

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A dedicated group of 11 coaches took part in Northern NSW Football’s first all-female coaching course over the weekend.

The course was the first two days of the Football Australia ‘C’ Licence Course, with seven of the participants recipients of NNSWF’s C-Licence Scholarship for Women program.

Designed for coaches aged 18 years and over, the course gave candidates an understanding of the National Curriculum and Football Australia’s vision and philosophy.

NNSWF Advanced Coach Educator Cas Wright presented over the two days, with Newcastle Jets A-League Women’s coach Ash Wilson a special guest on the Sunday just gone.

NNSWF Female Participation and Inclusion Officer Annelise Rosnell is committed with the member federation to ensuring the number of accredited female coaches is increased.

“We have significantly fewer women coaching than we do men. Two of the major barriers we’ve identified is a lack in confidence to become a coach and the need to create more female coaching mentors,” Rosnell said.

“It is important as the member federation that we continue to invest in this area and do not underestimate the impact that female coaches have in our clubs.

“It is about working with each individual to ensure they build the skills to become a confident coach in their environment.”

The final four days of the course will be held on January 29 & 30, and February 26 & 27, 2022.

More ‘C’ Licence courses can be accessed here.

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