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South Eastern suburbs continue to score goals with facility upgrade investments

A Covid-recovery stimulus funding of $2.75 million for Greater Dandenong has seen the State Government utilise $1.75 million of this package towards Ross Reserve.

Covid-recovery stimulus funding of $2.75 million for sports centres in Greater Dandenong has seen the State Government utilise $1.75 million of this package towards Ross Reserve, home to Springvale City SC and Sandown Lions FC.

Previously in April, the Frankston City Council funded upgrades to sport and recreation, where the Peninsula Strikers Junior Football Club benefited from. Now the cash splash by the State Government have made its way to Noble Park.

The crusade of bringing community sport to a higher standard is evident from the plans shared by the City of Greater Dandenong, where the funding to Ross Reserve will install a synthetic soccer pitch, 200-lux floodlighting for the pitch and landscaping, two coaches’ boxes with an additional technical box and perimeter fencing.

The City of Greater Dandenong will contribute $616,000 to the cause, with the remaining of the State Government package to be put towards upgrading the tennis courts of the Burden Park Tennis Club.

“This is a massive win for the Ross Reserve precinct and Noble Park – and builds on the other infrastructure projects that are currently underway including the New Sports Pavilion, the new All Abilities Playground and the new Health and Wellbeing Centre at the Noble Park Aquatic Centre (NPAC),” South Eastern Metropolitan MP Lee Tarlamis said, chair of the Noble Park Revitalisation Board.

“These important projects will deliver state-of-the-art facilities for our local community and for existing and future members of the clubs that use them for decades to come – as well as create local jobs in the short term.”

This is welcoming news as it comes from the back of the genesis of the Ross Reserve project in September 2020. The announcement of that time included a premium community standard sports pavilion that provides female and junior friendly facilities that would cater for Football Victoria, AFL and Cricket Victoria standards, an oval extension and a jogging/tank track.

Other infrastructures undergoing development at the reserve is an All-Abilities playground and streetscaping on Douglas Street, Noble Park, that the council have received a budget of $500,000 to get it up and running.

“We are thrilled to receive this funding which will have lasting benefits for the health of our community through new and improved sports facilities,” Greater Dandenong mayor Angela Long said.

“There is significant work underway throughout our city, and in particular through the work of our Noble Park Revitalisation Board.”

The projected finish of construction was originally tabled towards the end of 2021, but with additional funding towards new project works at Ross Reserve, it remains unclear. However, what is certain is the enhancement of the healthy local derby between the two football clubs while taking full advantage of the facility investments provided by the State Government.

DFL and AWS introduce two new Match Facts to Bundesliga coverage

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The Deutsche Fußball Liga (DFL) and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have announced the addition of two new Bundesliga Match Facts powered by AWS that will premiere as graphics during broadcasts and in the official Bundesliga app during the 2021-2022 season.

The two new Match Facts – Shot Efficiency and Passing Profile – will bring the total number of advanced statistics to eight, with each of them aiming to give fans deeper insights into the action on the pitch.

The first of the new advanced stats – Shot Efficiency – compares the number of goals that a player or team has scored with how many goals the player or team should have scored based on the quality of their chances.

The second – Passing Profile – provides deeper insights into the pass quality of a player or an entire team. Both of the stats are generated by gathering and analysing the match feeds from live games in real time as they are streamed into AWS.

Both new stats made their debut during Matchday 4 on the clash between German Champion FC Bayern München and the second-placed team of the previous season RB Leipzig.

The two new Match Facts will better showcase the action on the field – giving fans, coaches, players, and commentators visual support for analysing the decision-making of players and teams.

Andreas Heyden, Executive Vice President of Digital Innovations for DFL Group, was excited to further innovate the matchday experience for viewers based both domestically and internationally.

“Bundesliga Match Facts powered by AWS allows us to give fans more insight into the game of football, broadcasters more interesting stories to tell and coaches and teams, more data to excel at their game,” he said.

“Last year, the reception for Bundesliga Match Facts around the world was very positive, and we expect through ML and AI to continue to innovate on these analytics to make them even better.

“These two new stats give fans a view into player efficiency that hasn’t been achieved before, and we are just at the beginning of our relationship with AWS. I’m excited to see how technology will continue to evolve the fan experience and the game.”

Football South Australia announce inaugural delivery of AFC/FA ‘A’ Licence

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Football South Australia have announced an exciting opportunity for SA coaches to undertake an AFC/FA ‘A’ Licence in their own state for the first time ever.

The course is a fantastic opportunity for SA’s strong contingent of 90 B Licence holders to be able to elevate their expertise to the next level from the comfort of familiar surroundings.

The Football Australia ‘A’ Licence course is designed to support coaches working with senior players or older youth players in a professional or semi-professional environment where coaches will have three or four training sessions plus a match each week.

Part A will be at the new Summit Sports and Recreation Park in Mount Barker and VALO Football Centre, while Parts B and C will be held at the new State Centre for Football in Gepps Cross in 2022.

Football South Australia can also today announce that registrations are now open for a B Licence, which will take place in January 2021.

Football South Australia CEO Michael Carter was delighted to introduce the new courses for coaches looking to push on in their careers.

“Coach education is an extremely important function of Football South Australia and we are delighted to be hosting an A-License coaching course in Adelaide. For years local coaches have had to travel interstate for the A-License meaning the cost per participant increased,” he said.

“The timing of the course will see components hosted at the soon to be completed State Centre for Football. The headquarters will be an education hub for coaches, referees and players via our pathway programs.”

Coach Education Manager Alec Wilson expressed his excitement for South Australian coaches.

“I am very excited with the announcement of a first-ever A-Licence in SA. This has been a year in the making and something Football South Australia has been wanting to host for a number of years,” he said.

“The announcement is a reward for everyone’s hard work and determination and shows our dedication in providing the best coach education opportunities for the growth of the game.

“To have all three pinnacle courses (A, B and C Licences) at home in our own state is a landmark in coach development and I look forward to seeing our coaches thrive, and in turn, provide better coaching for our players.”

The Football Australia/AFC ‘A’ Licence can be accessed here. Applications close on October 29, 2021.

The Football Australia/AFC ‘B’ Licence can be accessed here. Applications close on December 10, 2021.

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