New world-class apparel for Northern NSW Football


Northern NSW Football has commenced a two-year deal with Umbro, announcing the Manchester-based company as its exclusive apparel supplier.

Established in 1924 by brothers Harold and Wallace Humphreys, over the years Umbro has been the brand displayed on players’ apparel during some of the most monumental football moments in history.

Iconic scenes include equipping the entire British athletics team at the 1952 Olympics, kitting out 15 of the 16 participants during the 1966 Football World Cup and Roberto Carlos wearing the brand’s boots during his ‘impossible’ strike against France in 1997.

Football aside, in 1939, Umbro famously swapped out its well-known sportswear for military uniforms during World War 2.

Specialising in football and rugby sportswear, Umbro has built up a solid portfolio of partners around the globe. Featuring Umbro’s distinguished double diamond logo on its apparel, Northern NSW Football adds to the growing list, already consisting of several English Premier League clubs, and various national football teams, as well as the England national rugby union and Williams Racing Formula One teams.

The collaboration between Northern NSW Football and Umbro will see the provision of complete staff uniforms and kits for all Northern NSW Football teams and programs. This will be a great opportunity for both organisations, with Umbro benefitting from being the preferred choice of sportswear, and, whilst wearing the most innovative and effective uniforms, registrations of Northern NSW Football are sure to rise with participants wishing to be kitted out in the same brand as their Football heroes.

Umbro will become the naming rights sponsor for a Football Five5 pitch at the Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility, and for the Golden boot awards for the leading goal scorer in Northern NSW Football’s Premier Competitions.

Displaying pure elation, Northern NSW Football Interim CEO Peter Haynes expressed his delight toward the partnership via press release:

“Everyone in football knows and respects Umbro as a brand and we’re thrilled to join the Umbro family,” he said.

“The quality of their appeal is second to none and it’s a relationship we’d love to see grow in the future”.

Sharing the excitement, Umbro National Sales Manager Jason Rothal added via press release:

“We have been doing business with Northern NSW Football on and off for the last 10 years so it is extremely pleasing to be exclusive partners for the 2023 and 2024 season,” he said.

“We look forward to giving Northern NSW Football and their affiliate clubs the best possible service of our historic brand as we celebrate 100 years of being a leading global football brand.”

Celebrating its 100th year, Umbro is gifting 100 free drawstring bags valued at $1000 to any Northern NSW Football club that wishes to take part and join the Umbro team.

Eligibility for this offer requires clubs to spend a minimum of $10,000 in any football season.

To claim the offer, clubs are urged to enquire directly with Pro Sports Group / Umbro area managers.

An amenities refresher for NSW grassroots custodian

The NSW Football Legacy Program has worked in conjunction with the Bayside Council in providing $150,000 to the Bexley North Football Club (BNFC) who join the vast growing number of successful applicants of the Infrastructure Stream, which is the second round screening process.

The Football Legacy program is a $10 million investment founded by the NSW Government. The program’s intention is to continue the established growth of female football through freshly refurbished community facilities.

Furthermore, development programs, participation initiatives and potential ventures involving tourism and international engagement are all at the forefront of the overall objective the NSW government has regarding the growth of football within the state.

The $150,000 grant in which BNFC are receiving is going to be spent sparingly. Kingsgrove Avenue Reserve is in dire need of a rejuvenation, given the club’s recent rise to popular interest within the Football St George Association, BNFC experienced an astounding spike in membership.

Since the 2021 season, the club witnessed a spike in members, a 35% increase surge in overall involvement, highlighted by a 40% increase in female involvement.

The traffic that the club began to experience was a confronting yet exciting time for the community operated club. Their previous facilities could not cater for the extravagant influx of participants, hence the club opting to collaborate with the Bayside Council.

The grant successfully attained will be used to upgrade the amenities at Kingsgrove Avenue Reserve from top to bottom. The newly furbished facility has hosts a conference room, referee room, medical room, canteen, and storage area.

Further funding requested by BNFC is expected to be utilized in rejuvenating the current change rooms and bathrooms, as well as a through fixup of the established home and away locker rooms. The end goal insight, is to accommodate highly regarded women’s footballing outlets in the future.

BNFC President Eddie Yazbeck, mentioned the importance of what this grant will provide.

“We have worked closely with Bayside Council to develop a site plan for Kingsgrove Avenue Reserve and together we applied for the NSW Football Legacy Fund to help make our vision a reality,” he said via press release. 

“This grant will deliver a much-needed infrastructure upgrade, addressing concerns such as accessibility and safety, improved canteen facilities, storage for our kits, change rooms for players and referees.”

The Facilities and Grants Officer at Football NSW, James Spanoudakis, also added via media release. 

“Amenity buildings are the heart and soul of all football clubs across NSW,” he said.

The new amenities is expected to be completed towards the conclusion of 2024, ready to go for the 2025 winter season.   

Melbourne City proudly unveil their state-of-the-art-facilities

Melbourne City have proudly showcased their clubs latest project through the unveiling of their new state-of-the-art-facility, located at Casey Fields in Cranbourne.

The City Football Academy Melbourne continues to push the already established high-standards in which football across Australia are beginning to reach. The facility will host the men’s and women’s teams, as well as the club’s grassroot program, and an administration office is also involved in the newly developed location.

The Melbourne based club were inspired by their British parent and European juggernauts Manchester City have some of, if not the best facilities in world football. Melbourne City’s latest facility was developed in accordance to the structure and framework relating to Manchester City.

Within the newly furnished building, it’s features are acknowledged to stand out amongst other rival A-League entity’s. A 60-seat theatre and community classroom was installed to host club officials and guests, 16 changerooms combined with Hydrotherapy pools and two gyms, all designed to propel their playing personnel in achieving their peak athletic condition. Administration spaces where also created for Sports Science, Sports Medicine and club officials to all reside in.

The official opening took place on April 10 by City of Casey Chair of Administrators Noelene Duff PSM, and Melbourne City FC Vice Chairman Simon Pearce.

Located at the Casey Fields Sporting precinct in which is building quite the resume within the tenants it has acquired in various codes of sport across the state. The 5,900m2 facility that City now possess in their arsenal sits on eleven hectares of land, upon it they have five different football pitches, with varying surfaces.

The opportunities in which this facility presents to football fans and participants alike, are in abundance, 3,500 aspiring young football participants will be able to use the facilities on offer, with many more able to spectate City matches in which may be played at their Academy.

Melbourne City FC CEO Brad Rowse stated via press release:

“This amazing facility will be the new home to our Men’s, Women’s, Academy, and Administration teams, and will allow us to come together under the one roof to train, share ideas and challenge each other every single day.

“We’re setting new standards for football in Australia and laying the foundations for sustainable growth, on and off the pitch.”

With the latest edition of the McDonald’s City Cup being played at the newly launched facility, the tournament was a token showcasing that the clubs elite are not the only ones who will benefit from the facility but also local footballing communities in addition.

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