South-East Victorian club grant recipients to thrive

Throughout the duration of 2024, states across the nation have showcased commitment towards the growth of community sport through various grant initiatives.

Community sport and recreational entities have been given the opportunity for funding, via an application granted on behalf of their respective government.

Victoria, following in the footsteps of NSW, have created and executed the Sporting Club Grants Program, providing funding for community sport and active recreation organisations across the south-eastern regions of Victoria.

South Eastern metropolitan MP Lee Tarlamis confirmed via social media which applicants were successful acquiring the grant.

Multiple variating facets of sporting bodies were successful within their application. Scouting groups, sports clubs, and other recreational organisations were featured within recipients list.

Football clubs within the south-east district were also featured, including FC Noble Hurricanes and Cranbourne United Soccer Club.

Football growth within Victoria has experienced a significant rate in growth, especially in female participation following the Women’s World Cup 2023.

A true emphasis on the global variation of football within the state has become symbolic throughout the growth it has experienced in recent memory.

With the international women’s and men’s sides both on the precipice tangible success, the sport continues to find financial support from the government.

Within the south-east region of Victoria, two clubs who are relishing the forecasted influx of participants now have the opportunity for financial support.

The new wave of monetary gain is compulsory in aiding and assisting football clubs in growth across multiple areas.

Newly constructed facilities, training equipment, and the acquisition of highly regarded football administrators, coaches and personnel can all be achieved by these clubs within their development stages.

The collaboration and networking with established clubs within the region has the capacity to exist, with the potential of player scouting programs having the potential to come to fruition.

Newcastle Jets’ new owners add key pieces for upcoming season

Newcastle Jets’ new owners, Maverick Sports Partners, have hired Ken Schembri as General Manager of Football and Ben Hawes as General Manager of Commercial, Digital and Marketing for this upcoming season.

The appointment of Schembri and Hawes reaffirms Maverick Sports Partners’ intent to invest in high-quality resources, which should excite Newcastle fans for this upcoming season.

Schembri had previously worked with the reigning champions, the Central Coast Mariners, being an essential part of establishing the Central Coast Mariners Football Academy and their Centre of Excellence when he joined in 2014.

Schembri will manage the A-League Men’s roster, oversee player performance and development, and handle recruitment for all football departments.

The Mariner’s Academy has produced many young and exciting Australian talent including Garang Kuol and Max Balard who have all gone to join clubs in Europe after their time in Gosford. Schembri has most recently played a key role in Central Coast’s recent success as Head of Football.

Maverick Sports Partners Director Maurice Bisetto commented about the new additions.

“We are excited to have both Ken and Ben join the Newcastle Jets team. They will be integral to the strategy and direction of the Club’s New Era, providing expertise and support, on and off the pitch,” said Bisetto in a club statement.

These two joined the Jets after the club were bought by the Australian company only last month.

Hawes has prior experience in Sponsorship, Marketing and Content roles at the National Rugby League, Sportsbet, BlueBet and Sydney FC.

Hawes will focus on expanding and diversifying the clubs commercial revenue streams which includes growing the sponsorship portfolio. He will also deal with commercialising the club’s digital channels as well as implementing new marketing and fan engagement strategies.

Due to these recent moves, Newcastle have the potential to produce exciting Australian talent and grow its brand across the league which will help the club continue to improve both on and off the pitch and ultimately strengthen their stability for future seasons.

Football Coaches Australia and Martyn Buckie team up for ‘Benefits of Micro Coaching Sessions’

Football Coaches Australia (FCA) and Martyn Buckie will host an online session on Monday, July 29 at 7:30pm AEST.

As part of ‘Benefits of Micro Coaching Sessions’, Buckie will present insights on the benefits of micro coaching sessions for children and youth coaches.

Coaches will get a full understanding on what ‘Micro Sessions’ are and how to implement them into training sessions. He will explain the benefits they provide to both players and coaches and how to design effective ‘Micro Session’ practices.

Buckie is currently the ‘Grassroots Coach Education and Development Manager’ with the Scottish Football Association. He is a UEFA A Licence and Scotttish Advanced Children’s Licence holder. In addition, he is also the advanced Children’s Licence Tutor and Course Manager.

He has a wealth of practical coaching experience as Academy Coach at both Stenhousemuir FC and Falkirk FC.

Attendance to this event will qualify for one-hour CPD with Football Australia.

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