Officer City SC growing female football through GO Girls

During the disruptions and devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Officer City SC saw an opportunity to grow its women and girls program.

The club enlisted itself in the Changemakers Project, an initiative designed to equip sporting organisations to create tangible and meaningful changes that will lead to a growth of female participation.

Supplementing this, Officer City received funding from Football Victoria to run a GO Girls program – a fun, social and non-competitive program aimed at getting more young girls, aged between 12-16, involved in the beautiful game.

The combination of Change Makers and GO Girls revolutionised Officer City SC’s women and girls program, with Club President Cheree Appledore stating it did wonders to boost participation and introduce more young girls than ever before to football.

“GO Girls was a game changer for the club. It allowed us to reach young girls through a tailored program that is specifically designed to introduce girls of all skill levels to our sport,” she said.

“The age group which we targeted historically didn’t have as many new participants, but the interest we have received just in Term 1 of this year for GO Girls Program has made us scramble to find more space for them. Something which we have been more than happy to do.”

As a result of the GO Girls grant, Officer City SC was able to provide free club memberships to the GO Girls participants and fully fund the appointment of the program’s leader, Amelia.

“The girls came in wanting to be introduced to the sport now have a passion for the sport and a first in our clubs history we have our very first female team,” she added.

“We are beyond pumped and really do see this expanding to even more female teams over the next few years. As a club we want our members to be a representation of our areas demographic which is 50% female.”

After previously lacking female participation, the club’s willingness to adopt the GO Girls program has had an enormous impact on introducing new young women and girls to football.

Football Tasmania welcomes further $3.5m Valley Road commitment

Football Tasmania has welcomed Tuesday’s announcement by the Liberal Party that it will commit $3.5 million towards the redevelopment of Valley Road if elected after May 21.

Announced by Member for Braddon, Gavin Pearce, the funding would allow Devonport Strikers to complete Stage One of its redevelopment of Valley Road, including increased seating, lighting and pitch upgrades, as well as refurbished clubroom and kitchen facilities.

The funding would be in addition to the State Government funding committed to Valley Road to give the venue the best chance of being selected to host 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup basecamps.

Football Tasmania CEO Matt Bulkeley thanked Pearce for supporting the growth of football in Devonport and the north west coast.

“As the home of one of the state’s most successful clubs in Devonport Strikers, Valley Road is an iconic Tasmanian football venue and the premier facility on the north-west coast,” Bulkeley told Football Tasmania.

“Football continues to go from strength-to-strength in the region, and these upgrades will help the venue keep pace, allowing for further growth of the game in Devonport and surrounds.

“Improved facilities will also put Valley Road in contention to host A-League men’s and women’s games, which would be a great and deserved addition to the north-west sporting calendar.

“On behalf of the Tasmanian football community I thank Mr Pearce for this commitment.

“Sporting upgrades such as this bring so much to the community and we encourage Labor to follow suit to ensure the growth of football continues on the north-west regardless of the election result.”

DAZN Canada secures exclusive rights to UEFA national team matches

Global sports streaming platform DAZN has announced a multi-year, exclusive rights deal for its Canadian arm to stream the UEFA Nations League, European Qualifiers and International friendlies for the next six years.

The deal will come into effect from June 1 this year and runs until 2028, streaming the following competitions:

  • UEFA Nations League 2022/23, 2024/25, and 2026/27 inc. UEFA Nations League Finals 2023, 2025 and 2027
  • European Qualifiers to UEFA EURO 2024 and UEFA EURO 2028
  • European Qualifiers to 2026 FIFA World Cup
  • International Friendlies
  • Finalissima Match in 2022 and 2024

DAZN Canada currently streams the English Premier League, the UEFA Champions League, Major League Soccer, and other sports including the United States’ Major Football League and various combat sports.

The deal includes a minimum of 57 national team matches between now and 2028 for top European nations including England, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and France.

“We’re excited to bring more soccer to DAZN subscribers in Canada via another package of premium UEFA competitions,” Norm Lem, SVP, DAZN Canada told dazn.com.

“Alongside both UEFA Men’s and Women’s Champions League as well as UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League, this multitude of UEFA National Team matches will give fans an even bigger library of live soccer to enjoy on DAZN in Canada.”

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