Perth Glory and Tony Barlow Menswear continue long-term partnership

Perth Glory and Tony Barlow Menswear

Perth Glory has announced a two-year relationship renewal with Tony Barlow Menswear, a famous Perth-owned and managed menswear brand.

Tony Barlow Menswear, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, is one of the club’s longest-standing commercial partners, having provided players and staff with formal off-field attire for more than a decade.

The firm sources the highest quality materials from across the world and prides itself on delivering a wide choice of designs and sizes, as well as an unmatched degree of personal service, to offer a range of accessible and inexpensive men’s clothing.

The Glory are also suited by Tony Barlow for their awards nights and functions, having their sponsors product on display at important events to outline the significance of the partnership.

Glory CEO Anthony Radich was fulsome in his praise of Tony Barlow’s long-term commitment to the club.

“It is absolutely fantastic to be continuing such an enduring and valued partnership. Tony Barlow’s support for Perth Glory has been second to none and is hugely appreciated by everyone associated with the club,” he said via press release.

“Their products and service are a byword for quality and we look forward to working closely with them again this season and for many more years to come.”

Tony Piccicacco, the General Manager Tony Barlow Menswear Stores Perth, is similarly pleased to see the partnership continuing.

“It is our pleasure to enter into our twelfth year of an uninterrupted partnership with the Perth Glory outside of COVID. We are very proud to continue supplying the club with their off-field uniform,” he added via media release.

“We look forward to working with Glory on their way to again becoming a powerhouse of the competition this year and long into the future.”

Perth Glory kick off their season on October 22 against Central Coast Mariners, where they will arrive to their game in style thanks to Tony Barlow Menswear.

Sport and Recreation Events Funding Program a key investment in Western Australia

Western Australia events are receiving significant support through the Sport and Recreation Events Funding Program 2023-24.

The WA State Government has invested over $630,000 to a host of sporting bodies across a vast number of codes.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • build capacity and capability of the sport and recreation workforce and volunteers to plan, secure and/or deliver quality sport and active recreation events
  • provide opportunities for talented WA athletes, coaches and officials to participate at a national and/or international level in their home environment
  • provide opportunities for the public to participate in sport and/or active recreation events
  • provide opportunities for regional Western Australians to experience and conduct major sporting events and sport development initiatives in a regional location.

The program comprises three categories:

  • event projects (up to $15,000)
  • event hosting (up to $50,000)
  • the Country Sport Enrichment Scheme (up to $30,000).

In Round 1 of the Sport and Recreation Events Funding Program 2023-24, one of the successful applicants was Football West, who ran 2024 Goldfields Regional Festival of Football – a seven-day community engagement event that improved football capacity in the wider Goldfields area. After receiving $24,200, Football West’s main goal is to increase participation in the region.

There is still time to apply for the next round of funding, which closes 5:00pm on February 26, 2024.

For full information and eligibility to apply, you can find it here.

WSL eyeing enormous 150% increase to broadcast rights deal

In a historic first for football in the UK, every single Women’s Super League match is set to be broadcasted live from next season across multiple channels.

The WSL tender document issued to broadcasters this month features all 132 league games, with 56 to be sold exclusively and the remaining 76 available on a non-exclusive basis.

Under the terms of the existing deal that expires at the end of the current season, Sky broadcast 35 matches-a-season and the BBC 22, with the rest streamed for free on the FA’s website.

The tender document is asking for a huge £20 million ($38.48 million) a year TV deal and this 150% increase to the value of its broadcasting deal is far from surprising following the explosion of the women’s game. This figure is set to be confirmed as soon as they can find the right suitors.

In an attempt to gain an increase from the existing £7.75 million ($14.91 million) a year deal, the WSL have responded by making every match available for broadcast, which the league hoped would attract bids from beyond current rights holders Sky Sports and the BBC, It looks to be working.

Sky Sports and the BBC are set to bid again on the rights and extend the current partnership whilst it is said that this potential deal is also attracting networks like TNT Sports and DAZN.

The Premier League and EFL have stood firm on the UEFA blackout that suggests all 3pm Saturday matches are not shown on TV, to encourage locals to attend matches in person. This means the WSL will have to work around it and it is likely that Saturday lunchtime and Sunday afternoons remain as the most common kick-off times.

There is little the WSL are having to do to persuade broadcasters into putting their hands up for these rights, which is a testament to the sport’s current growth and upward trajectory it is trending towards.

FA Director of Women’s football, Kelly Simmons, explained how important it was to secure this monumental broadcast deal.

“While we’ve been developing this it’s been so hard to sit on it because it’s so exciting for the women’s game. It is transformational,” Simmons said in an interview with Guardian Sport.

“When I first came into this role, we said that we really thought women’s football could really break into the mainstream and this is mainstream, this is prime slots on television, big audiences, week in week out.”

This deal in particular launches women’s football into the mainstream and helps improve the quality of the product which goes a long way to opening the eyes of a huge audience to its impact as a sport and socially.

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