NSW Football Legacy Fund drives funding to grassroots clubs

South Cardiff

The NSW Government recently announced a $3.1 million investment into more than 100 grassroots football projects and clubs across the state, in order to improve training facilities and bolster player participation through training programs.

In the lead up to the FIFA Women’s World Cup later this year, the investment is seen as an important step in fostering the next generation of footballers, as well as increasing the opportunity for greater female player numbers.

Among the clubs and facilities across NSW receiving this vital funding is South Cardiff Community Football Club. The semi-professional organisation, based in Newcastle, has grown by 59% since 2019, with female participation soaring by 380% during the same period.

South Cardiff Community Football Club President, Lachlan Clarke, commented on the NSW Football Legacy Fund via press release:

“Our club is growing fast, but the club’s equipment is ageing faster. The Legacy Fund grant has allowed us to buy new goals to support the growth of female football and further increase participation of combined male and female team,” he said.

NSW Football’s Community Football Manager, Ross Hicks, further explained the significance of the funding via press release:

“Feedback from our football community shows if people enjoy their time at their club they are more likely to return year after year. This means having a good coach, fit-for-purpose facilities and quality equipment. In South Cardiff’s case having enough goals makes sure their football offering will meet the expectations of new people coming into the club.”

The strategic timing of the NSW Football Legacy Fund sets up the initiative for success. Riding the wave of excitement that the FIFA World Cup brought with it, and the inspiring success of the Socceroos, the anticipation in the lead up to the women’s tournament on Australian soil provides an ideal opportunity to encourage and strengthen football participation, particularly at youth level.

Furthermore, following the catastrophic and violent events of the Melbourne derby pitch invasion, a fund of this scale and significance will likely help to restore football’s name, starting on a local level at least.

Clubs can check whether they are eligible to apply to be sponsored by the NSW Football Legacy Fund, as well as further information about the application process and important dates, here.

Federal Budget commits $97 million investment for sport programs

The 2024-25 Federal Budget, which was released on Tuesday night, includes more than $97 million over two years to the ASC to extend Sporting Schools, the Local Sporting Champions, and Local Para Champions programs, and participation funding to help more Australians get active.

This two-year extension runs until 30 June 2026 and helps kids of all different sports afford an opportunity to play at a local level if they come from and under privileged background.

Football Australia is a part of the Sporting Schools program, with each state offering participation Officers and local clubs that are ready to implement in-school and after-school programs for students of ages up to Year 8, plus all abilities programs.

Football Australia use this program to link local football clubs with schools to facilitate an ongoing relationship and provide further opportunity for students to continue their football journey outside of school, whether that be MiniRoos Kick Off, MiniRoos Club or Junior Football.

More than 24,000 young Australians will be supported with the Local Sporting Champions (LSC) and Local Para Champions (LSP) grants programs continuing for a further two years.

These are fantastic programs that have supported Australia’s best athletes including many Matildas like Courtney Nevin, Cortnee Vine, Alex Chidiac, Teagan Micah and Clare Hunt.

World Cup veteran’s Caitlin Foord and Ellie Carpenter also rose to success with assistance from the LSC program throughout their junior careers.

Australian Sports Commission CEO Kieren Perkins OAM mentions the importance of this investment to continue critical national sporting programs.

“Once again, I want to thank Minister Wells and the Australian Government for their continued support and investment in Australian sport,” Perkins said in a statement.

“This funding extends critical sport participation programs like the Participation Grant program and Sporting Schools which provides free and fun sporting opportunities to more than two million students each year.

“This follows last week’s announcement of $249.7 million to upgrade the AIS Campus to ensure our athletes have access to the world’s best testing and training facilities, and accommodation ahead of the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

This is a fantastic initiative that will benefit football amongst other sports and has a history of helping kids of all skill levels play in their respective sport.

The Federal Budget have put in almost $350 to improve sport, mostly around the 2032 Olympic Games but it is great to see some investment in the world game after the huge success of the Women’s World Cup last year.

The biggest Female Football Week to date draws to a close

Female Football week is at its climax across the country with each respective state firmly involved in what has been a monumental year of growth and perseverance with one of the hottest topics amongst the sporting plethora across the nation.

Symbolising the significant strides in which female football has made down under, off the back of its maiden World Cup hosting tenure.

Football Queensland throughout the grand occasion were busy shining a spotlight upon the continuous growth of participation, encouraging women of all ages to become involved and immersed within the global game.

Football Victoria – Commentary

Football Victoria (FV) celebrated women’s football week in style.

Round 8 of the National Premier League Women’s (NPLW) competition within Victoria was unique throughout its coverage, with every match throughout the round featuring a female commentator.

A monumental feat spearheaded by the FV Commentary team, this was the first time an all female commentary round was executed.

Football Queensland

FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci disclosed his appreciation for the momentous occasion via the FQ website.

“While celebrations like FFW serve as a crucial milestone in FQ’s journey towards achieving 50/50 gender parity by 2027 and helps to further reinforce our commitment to enhancing accessibility and inclusivity, our support is not confined to this week, as we remain dedicated to prioritising our female football community year-round.”

Football Queensland – Award Ceremony

Paying homage to Referees, Club Volunteers, Players and Community Champions of the year was conducted through awards up for grabs.

FQ showcased an award ceremony towards multiple facets of football throughout the state.

A nice incentive dedicated to the recognition and appraisal of the hard work undertaken by different areas of football.

The Female Football Week club of the year was awarded to Central Football Club following their extraordinary contribution to female football within Queensland.

Displayed throughout the clubs commitment to female football, the club are fully dedicated to the advancement of women’s football.

Harvesting a fostering environment throughout the club, alongside the nourishment of young promising female footballers has been symbolised by FQ.

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