Northern NSW Football confirm Peter Haynes as their CEO

Peter Haynes

Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) has announced Peter Haynes as their new Chief Executive Officer on a three-year contract.

Haynes is the former NNSWF Head of Football and was named as Interim CEO in December after David Eland’s departure. The NNSWF has now decided to go with Haynes as the CEO proper, following a lengthy search and recruitment process.

Haynes has the opportunity to fully lead NNSWF, adding to a career that’s been immersed in all footballing levels.

NNSWF Chair Mike Parsons was said via press release.

“Peter is a natural leader with enormous passion and knowledge of the game at many levels,” he stated.

“Since December when he was appointed to the Interim CEO role, Peter has engaged with a range of NNSWF stakeholders to listen and understand what they see as priorities for the sport in northern NSW.

“Peter will bring a fresh, innovative approach and is keen to lead the organisation to be the largest and most popular sport for females and males throughout northern NSW.”

Regarding the announcement, Haynes added via press release:

“Having led the organisation over the last five months, I am honoured to be appointed CEO and to be able to continue engaging and working collaboratively with the various stakeholders that form part of the wider Northern NSW Football family,” Haynes said.

“The newly formed board carry a broad range of skills and, together, I believe we can bring a fresh approach and vision for the future of the sport in northern NSW.

“My focus will be to listen to the views of the wider stakeholder group, from grassroots to those involved in the sport at a semi-professional level. This year we will embark on creating a new three-year strategic plan and to have a new board and CEO in place as we move towards this planning is exciting for the organisation and all involved.

“I believe we are all aligned in that it is important that football remains inclusive for all and that Northern NSW Football provides our member zones and clubs with a platform that enhances the sport, whether that be for those that play for fun, or those talented individuals who are looking to progress to the professional level.

“I look forward to continuing to work with the dedicated team at Northern NSW Football, Chair Mike Parsons and the Northern NSW Football board to ensure we can make significant progress and demonstrate that we are bringing a fresh approach.”

The role will officially commence for Haynes from May 1, 2023.

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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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