Perth Glory announce Empyrean Education Institute as their 2023/24 catering partner

Empyrean Education and Perth Glory

Perth Glory have confirmed a new official catering partner for the upcoming 2023/24 season with Empyrean Education Institute announced to take over the role.

Empyrean Education Institute is Perth’s leading vocational educational provider in Commercial Cookery, Patisserie, Hospitality & Community Services.

Home to over 300 international and local Australian students, Empyrean prides itself on quality training, close industry connections and community engagement and currently operates a café inside historic Fremantle Prison.

This partnership will mean both the Glory and Empyrean link up on a range of digital promotional activations and community initiatives in the coming year to promote the Empyrean brand further across the state.

Empyrean will also provide catering to the Glory players and staff with over 100 freshly cooked meals prepared at their new training ground at Fremantle Oval.

Perth Glory CEO Anthony Radich expressed his excitement at Empyrean joining the Glory family.

“We are very fortunate to have an organisation of Empyrean’s calibre located right on our doorstep here in Fremantle,” he said in a press release.

“Access to fresh, nutritious and tasty meals is essential for elite athletes and Empyrean will provide exactly what our A-League Men and A-League Women’s squads require in order to attain and sustain peak performance levels.”

Empyrean Education Institute’s Operation Manager, Annie Zheng spoke about the company’s drive to succeed within the sport.

“We are thrilled to announce our exciting new partnership with Perth Glory, a powerhouse in Australian football,” she added in Glory’s press release.

“This collaboration marks a significant milestone in our commitment to supporting and promoting the beautiful game in Australia.

“Perth Glory’s dedication to excellence, both on and off the pitch, perfectly aligns with our core values, making this partnership a natural fit.

“Together, we aim to inspire and engage fans and students and drive community initiatives.

“We look forward to a successful and close partnership, filled with triumphs, friendship and unforgettable moments.”

There is a natural synergy between the two parties in this partnership which will ensure it succeeds in this season and potentially beyond. Empyrean eluded to making a mark on the beautiful game and Perth Glory needed to improve their catering department for their club so overall this collaboration makes a lot of sense.

Dandenong Thunder to enjoy $700,000 LED lighting upgrade at George Andrews Reserve

Dandenong Thunder lighting upgrade

Greater Dandenong Council and Dandenong Thunder have recently confirmed that works have commenced for new powerful lighting towers to be built at George Andrews Reserve.

The upgrade will cost $700,000 and is being jointly funded by Greater Dandenong Council ($500,000) and the State Government ($200,000) with a plan to improve the ground’s overall quality for both training and matches. They formerly had 200-lux LED towers and they will be replaced by 500-lux towers.

For the Greater Dandenong local council, the focus was to improve the facility for the community to enjoy the health and wellbeing benefits through the increased amount of playable hours at the reserve.

Importantly, the project ensures that the Thunder have a ground that is up to professional competition and broadcast standards which means they can broadcast and host games that are viewed by a national audience, a huge step forward for the NPL Victoria club.

This broadcast upgrade also opens up the possibility to expand to national matches involving the Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City A-League women’s teams and an even more ambitious goal of hosting a Matildas game. The ground can easily hold 5000 people and the lighting and broadcasting standards will be fantastic after this upgrade.

Dandenong Thunder shared the positive implications this light upgrade has for the club.

“The new lights mean the club will be able to host a number of games, not only that but it’s a step forward to the clubs ambition to be part of the NSD (national second division),” a club spokesperson told Soccerscene.

“The support from local council has been nothing but fantastic, Dandenong want to be a sporting hub for the south east suburbs.

“With the FA cup we have seen A-League clubs play at local level clubs, having these new high powered lights we will be able to broadcast at a higher quality, no more yellow light broadcast.”

This news presents an exciting future for Dandenong Thunder and the matches played at George Andrews Reserve. The quality of training, matches and broadcasts has improved tenfold and it matches the size of the NPL Victoria side that have big ambitions.

CPKC and Kansas City Current’s major stadium naming rights deal a win for women’s sport

CPKC Stadium design

The world’s first professional female-football dedicated stadium – home of the NWSL’s Kansas City Current – will be known as CPKC Stadium, after an historic naming rights deal was agreed with the North American rail network company.

Formed as a merger between Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern rail networks in July this year, CPKC represents the first trans-North American rail network between Canada, the United States and Mexico.

CPKC has been a leading investor for women’s sports in the state of Kansas, and CPKC President & CEO, Keith Creel, was proud to announce the stadium naming rights deal.

“We are incredibly proud to sponsor the Kansas City Current and support this history-making project here in the city that is at the heart of our North American rail network,” Creel said via press release.

“CPKC has been a long-time champion of women’s sports and of investing in our communities. This stadium and this partnership with the Current will build on that legacy as together we write a new chapter here in Kansas City.”

CPKC will also hold naming rights to the stadium’s outdoor space for fans, which will be known as CPKC Plaza. This area provides entertainment for all CPKC Stadium attendees, including the KC Current’s official merchandise store.

It is hoped that the naming rights deal will kickstart further investment in women’s football across the region, which has been the cornerstone of the KC Current’s existence according to co-founders and owners, Angie and Chris Long.

“Our [KC Current & CPKC] organisations share a commitment to strive for excellence, invest heavily in our communities and raise the bar with global influence. We are extremely excited to work with CPKC on this historic agreement and know our partnership will create a long-standing positive impact!”

Further to its substantial investment in women’s football, CPKC’s establishment of a direct line between Canada, the United States and Mexico is expected to have substantial benefits for football supporters attending the 2026 Men’s FIFA World Cup.

Presently, though, the stadium naming rights deal demonstrates CPKC’s intention to be a key investor in women’s football across Kansas and North America.

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