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.

Tigres secures deal for new 65,000 seat stadium

Mexican soccer giants Tigres UANL have secured a deal to see a brand new 65,000 seat stadium ready by 2025.

Mexican soccer giants Tigres UANL have secured a deal to see a brand new 65,000 seat stadium ready by 2025.

The stadium will be based in the heart of San Nicolás de los Garza, Nuevo León, and will be replacing the old 42,000 seat stadium, known as Estadio Universitario, The previous stadia has been the home of Tigres since 1967.

The new stadium was presented on Thursday, January 13 at a meeting that included Governor of Nuevo León and Samuel García, through a Memorandum of Understanding to commence construction.

Tigres’ future home was designed by architecture firm Populous and envisioned to be entirely privately financed at a cost of $445 million AUD.

The stadium’s features will include a retractable pitch, as well as being able to host concerts and international sporting events like American football games.

As part of the overall plans, the stadium will include separate changing rooms for Tigres’ men’s and women’s teams, while the exterior stadia complex will complement with a hotel, shopping centre and restaurants. The venue is also intended to act as an incubator for local business, and will also have classrooms catering for the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (UANL).

Juego de Pelota principle partner, César Esparza:

“There is going to be another setting for concerts and sport,” he said.

“It is a stadium prepared to host all sports, this stadium will be the postcard of Nuevo León.

“Stadium events will not be expensive for fans, as long as it has that capacity it will allow us to create different price levels for events, becoming inclusive for all people.”

UANL Tigres parent company member, Mauricio Doehner:

“Today Tigres is internationally recognised and we are always striving for more,” he said.

“Of course we deserve a new stadium, it will be the headquarters in this new era. Today, Tigres is not only a benchmark in Mexican soccer, but also on an International stadium. The Estadio Universitario has given greatness to Club Tigres and all the fans, we will honour it forever.”

Melbourne Victory names Marnong Estate as Premier Partner

Melbourne Victory has announced Marnong Estate as a Premier Partner for the 2021/22 Isuzu Ute A-League Men's season.

Melbourne Victory has announced Marnong Estate as a Premier Partner for the 2021/22 Isuzu Ute A-League Men’s season.

Marnong Estate is the Official Naming Rights Partner of the A-Lounge, providing its premium wines in the A-Lounge and Corporate Suite Foyers for tasting sessions, as well as in all Melbourne Victory’s Corporate Suite drinks packages.

As one of Melbourne’s biggest wineries, Marnong Estate also has its own boutique accommodation, as well as being able to host weddings and other functions.

Melbourne Victory Managing Director, Caroline Carnegie:

“We’re incredibly excited to be partnering with Marnong Estate and bringing a taste of their premium experience to our match days,” she said.

“Marnong Estate is an incredible facility that contributes to the local community by providing an authentic cultural and historical experience and we would love our members and fans to experience the beautiful views, food and wine as they visit Marnong itself.”

Marnong Estate General Manager, Stewart Malone:

“We are very passionate about wine, hospitality, and agriculture. The other thing we are passionate about is football and there is no greater opportunity for us than to partner with Melbourne Victory and their incredible match day experience,” he said.

“We’re excited to promote our premium wine, amazing dining options and the estate’s farm-to-fork facilities in front of one of the most dedicated fan bases in Australia.”

For more on Marnong Estate, you can find it here.

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