NSW football administrators win big at Sportscover Clubbies Awards

Revesby Workers Football Club’s Sam Stanley and Dunbar Rovers’ Peter Hennessy have both picked up individual awards at the recent Sportscover Clubbies Awards.

Stanley was the recipient of the Best Administrator Award during the ceremony.

He joined the NSW side in 1997 and has been with the club ever since. His time at the club has seen him progress from a club player to president. Although only in his 30s, he has been recognised with life membership at Revesby Workers.

“This is not something I expected in my wildest dreams,” Stanley said.

“I am very proud of what the club has achieved over the last few years. In the last six years we have almost double the size of our club. Our summer program which includes the kindies, the juniors the girls and ladies’ programs are the only programs that are run by a grassroots club in our area.

“The emphasis that the club has placed on the girls and ladies’ football has translated into 30% of our club now represented by females.

“None of this can be achieved without our dedicated set of volunteers and community members at grassroots clubs. I thank all of them for their valued support.”

Hennessy, a director at Dunbar Rovers FC, won the Media Award at the event.

He has helped increase the club’s social media traffic and engagement, with a focus on quality content that has been featured on Channel 7 and SBS.

“On behalf of Dunbar Rovers FC NPL, we were delighted and honoured to receive the Clubbies 2020 Best Media Award,” Hennessy said.

“We put a lot of thought, effort and time into our social media, trying to provide interesting and regular content for our followers. It is also a great way to keep our members connected off the field.

“To be recognised nationally by the sporting public is very pleasing.

“Congratulations to the other award winners, thank you to everyone who voted for us and a special shout out to Sportscover and Inside Sport for sponsoring the competition.”

Philip Panas is a sports journalist with Soccerscene. He reports widely on football policy and industry matters, drawing on his knowledge and passion of the game.

Football Queensland and Roar Football in the Community program to capitalise on growth

Football Queensland (FQ) have announced a partnership with A-League staple Brisbane Roar as the member federation continues to build towards their 2026 strategic growth plan.

The two organisations have combined to launch a community incentive, titled ‘Football Queensland and Roar Football in the Community’.

As a result of the collaboration, it is an Australian first – as no club across the country has experienced a feat  which is being exhibited in Queensland between the Roar and governing body.

This gound-breaking alliance has effectively reinforced the established relationship between the state and one of the country’s most renowned football clubs, drawing emphasis upon the strategy of building upon the ongoing development and support of football within Queensland.

Football Queensland and Roar Football in the Community will deliver a vast variety of grassroots football clinics, sessions, events and community engagement programs to young aspiring boy and girl participants.

FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci disclosed his assertiveness in FQ hitting the 2026 strategy plan, with the newly found partnership a step in the right direction.

“Combining our strong ties to the grassroots football community with Brisbane Roar’s connection to football fans across the state ensures we can implement best practice delivery methods to unite the game in Queensland,” he said via media release.

Brisbane Roar FC Chairman & CEO Kaz Patafta discussed his admiration towards the expansion of the Club’s reach in the new state wide opportunity.

“We’re delighted to expand Brisbane Roar FC’s reach throughout the Queensland football community as we continue working collaboratively with Football Queensland to pave the way for innovative and strategic opportunities for the game,” he added via press release.

This community program intends on introducing young boys and girls to the sport of football, in attempts to increase participation numbers.

It is a strict objective in which FQ are adamant in achieving, all in accordance to their 2024-2026 Development Strategy.

Additionally, the programs created are crafted for children across the state of Queensland, with a database featured on the community program website, allowing parents to navigate the closest programs within their respective area of the state.

Schools are also invited to become involved – find out more about Football in the Community here: https://footballqueensland.com.au/football-in-the-community/

Volunteers valued throughout nationwide week in their honour

Volunteers are the backbone of sports clubs across the nation, within the lifespan of a successful club, volunteers throughout generations are selflessly involved.

National Volunteer Week 2024 is an incentive created by Volunteering Australia (VA) who have continued the promotion of volunteers since their inception in 1991.

Founded under the National Secretariat Program, VA are the peak organisation for volunteers across the country.

National Volunteer week has officially began, with its conclusion occurring on Sunday.

Coaches, administrators, referees and team managers all fall under the plethora of volunteers in whom without it the day to day living organism of a club would cease to exist.

Selfless within the endeavours undertaken, volunteers dedicate time and effort at the betterment of a sports club.

Playing a pivotal role in various aspects of a sports club operations. They are the unsung heroes in building chemistry amongst players, club participants and officials.

Unifying a broader community under the umbrella of a sporting entity.

Football across the nation have showcased their appreciation towards volunteers.

Football NSW have swiftly acknowledged the continuous contributions made by volunteers throughout the state by disclosing their participation within the week.

As stated on their website, Football NSW CEO John Tsatsimas touched upon the importance in which volunteers possess.

“Every week we see thousands of dedicated volunteers, committed administrators, and mums and dads giving their time to ensure our players of all ages can enjoy the beautiful game.

“Volunteers are the lifeblood of our game – the grassroots appeal of our game would not be what it is without their passion for the sport and undying commitment to their local club and community.”

Football NSW are honouring the volunteers within the state through Football NSW Champion Volunteer Pieces, all to be presented across social media platforms and the NSW website throughout the duration of volunteer week.

Additionally, the theme for this year’s annual National Volunteer Week is “Something for Everyone”. Placing a firm emphasis upon recognition of diversity within the volunteering community.

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