New support from Victorian Government as part of Sporting Club Grants Program

The Victorian Government has announced more support for grassroots sporting clubs affected by the state’s recent coronavirus circuit-breaker efforts, with new funding available through the Sporting Club Grants Program.

In what comes as significant news for Victorian grassroots soccer clubs who incurred losses during the circuit-breaker period from February 12th to February 17th, $2,000 has been made available under the Sporting Club Grants Program’s Circuit Breaker Event Support category.

If clubs had unexpected costs to deal with, such as cancellation fees, lost booking fees and the loss of perishable goods, they can be claimed back in funds as part of this scheme. 

Additional grants available include up to $5,000 devoted to assisting the recovery of affected leagues & associations, up to $1,000 for new uniforms & equipment, up to $5,000 for the development of coaches, officials & volunteers and $5,000 to improve overall operational efficacy are available in addition to the Circuit Breaker Event Support grant.

The Sporting Club Grant Program upholds the state Government’s dedication to ensuring community sport is an accessible & inclusive space, while providing sustainable sport & recreation opportunities to increase local participation. The latest grants add to the $6.8 million given out to 4,950 sporting clubs since 2014.

Victorian Minister for Community Sport, Ros Spence, was enthusiastic on the return to normality for grassroots sporting organisations, acknowledging the boost it provides to local communities and the wider state.

“Sport and recreation plays a vital role in bringing our communities together and improving our physical and mental wellbeing,” he said.

“There has never been a time in our recent history when that role has been more important, with the impact of the bushfires and now the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic putting our communities under enormous pressure.

“Sport and active recreation clubs and organisations have been hit hard, and this Program will help Victorians get back to the sport and recreation activities they love as restrictions ease.

“The Victorian Government has already put in place measures and significant investment to support clubs, leagues and associations stay viable and return to play, however the challenge is significant.”

Applications for the Sporting Club Grants Program are due by March 18th, or earlier if allocated funds are exhausted.

FIFPRO Asia/Oceania partake in productive divisional assembly in Singapore

FIFPRO Asia/Oceania engaged in positive talks at the divisional assembly in Singapore for new ambitious strategies for Asian football.

The assembly involved a dialogue between interested sponsors and shareholders with the representatives of 10 Asian FIFAPRO member, candidate, and observer unions.

On the first day, the assembly discussed the central piece of future movements with the FIFPRO Asia/Oceania 2023-2026 strategic framework which allows for streamlining of the collective unions’ player-centred practices and plans.

This included each of the unions presenting effective strategies with the assembly and open discussion on how to improve past strategies that have struggled to enhance the player’s experience and the sports industry.

The second day placed certain player representatives and association shareholders in conversation over a more collaborative focus on the structure of Asian football going into the 2025-26 season.

Importantly, data from the FIFAPRO initiative ‘The Asian Champions League Report’ and other competitions including the AFC Asian Cup, AFC Women’s Club Championship and Olympic Qualifiers were used as first-hand evidence of ways in which more player-based management of football will be beneficial in the new strategies.

The growth of the ever-important tech industry in the sport was evident at the FIFPRO Asia/Oceania Player IQ Tech Summit.

Especially the potential for player data capturing in the industry, this summit highlighted how the profitable sector can work well with improving unions’ data research to influence policy and can further elevate their voice within the confederation.

For football, a stronger dialogue between the player’s unions and their respective Asian football institutions and investors will be able to create a more concise strategy for the future p where shareholders can engage in more business advancement while still allowing the players to have an important say in the way in which the game is going.

As Asia itself is such a strong region in the growth of entrepreneurs and business, it is only obvious that connecting this industry with the tradition of player power will be a massive opportunity.

This assemblies focus was accurately outlined by the FIFPRO Asia/Oceania chairperson Takuya Yamazaki.

“Our collective challenge is to design an industry that aligns the collective interests of all stakeholders, rather than continuing with the current hierarchical model which largely defines global football,” he said via media release.

“As football in the region continues to evolve, the division’s role, and the players’ voice, will only become more important, and that’s where our strategic framework provides a clear vision for our current and future work.”

These assemblies reiterate how strong professional leagues where strategies are impacted by players and their unions are profitable and beneficial for the association’s shareholders.

Football Coaches Australia presents: The Modern Requirements of Midfield players

Football Coaches Australia (FCA), together with renowned UEFA Pro Licence Coach Martin Hunter, will host the online event: The Modern Requirements of Midfield players (Technically/Tactically/Physically/Mentally).

Held from 7:30pm AEST on Monday, May 20, the online event will focus on the essential skills and qualities needed for a midfielder to succeed in today’s game.

Split into four key elements that make up midfield play, attendees will learn about the technical skills needed to excel on the field, the tactical awareness required to control the game, the physical attributes necessary to dominate the midfield, and the mental toughness needed to thrive under pressure.

Martin is one of the best coach educators in the game, with his internationally acknowledged coaching and football management expertise that has helped to develop players, coaches and managers.

He is also vastly experienced at professional club and national governing body levels as Director of Coaching and National Coach – which has seen him develop coaching and scouting systems used in national and international models of excellence.

Martin has worked at Southampton FC in a variety of roles that included Technical Director, as well as Watford FC, Norwich FC and Stoke City as First Team Coach. He was involved in the English FA as a Coaching Mentor and a Regional Coach and has consulted widely throughout Europe.

This online session will contribute 1 hour of FA approved CPD and is free for FCA members.

This is an opportunity not to be missed to dominate the middle of the park.

You can register via the link here:

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