Perth Glory announce PGFC Academy School partnership

Perth Glory have announced a partnership with Lake Joondalup Baptist College (LJBC) which will see them become an official PGFC Academy School.

As a result, the prestigious northern suburbs college has become the third school to partner with the club, joining John Curtin College of the Arts and St. Andrew’s Grammar in offering a 12-month program which will provide a unique opportunity for highly-motivated young players to develop their football through additional training sessions, whilst also enabling them to continue with their education.

John Walmsley, LJBC Teacher and Football Coach, believes that the partnership with Glory will massively enhance the school’s already highly-regarded Football Academy.

“We are delighted that Lake Joondalup Baptist College has become a Perth Glory Academy School,” he said.

“This link will provide many benefits for students within our Football Academy and provide alignment to a professional football pathway.

“This partnership will allow us to maximise the potential of each player’s development on and off the pitch, as well as expanding opportunities for talent identification.

“Our Football Academy students will now have weekly strength and conditioning sessions with Perth Glory coaches and access to Perth Glory Nutritionists and Sports Psychologists through our Leadership Program.

“This will allow us to continue to further develop our students on and off the pitch into hopefully not only better footballers, but also better people.”

Former Glory midfielder Brad Hassell, who coaches at LJBC, echoed the sentiments of Walmsley.

“We are excited about the potential of this partnership with Perth Glory and how it will help us continue to evolve our program,” he said.

“We aim to provide a challenging, yet enjoyable learning environment at LJBC and will be able to offer greater opportunities for our male and female footballers through our collaboration with Perth Glory and participation in Perth Glory Football School events.”

A-League legend Terry McFlynn, who is currently Perth Glory’s Football Operations Manager, was similarly enthused by the partnership.

“LJBC has a fantastic reputation both in terms of its football program and academic results, making it very much a natural fit for the club as we expand our PGFC Academy Schools program into the northern suburbs,” he said.

“We are very excited at working closely with John, Brad and the rest of the staff to maximise the opportunities for the school’s students and replicate the great success that we have already enjoyed at both John Curtin College of the Arts and St. Andrew’s Grammar.

“The PGFC Academy shares LJBC’s strong commitment to producing both better footballers and better people and we look forward to developing this partnership in the coming years.”

Trial Registration for the LJBC Football Academy is now open for both male and female students in Years 4 – 12 for 2022. Those interested can register by clicking here.

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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