Steadfast Group back again for the Mariners in Liberty A-League

Central Coast Mariners and Steadfast Group

Central Coast Mariners have extended their current partnership with Steadfast Group to support the return of the Mariners’ Women’s A-League team this season.

This expansion means that for the 2023/24 season, Steadfast Group will have their logo planted on the back of every Central Coast Mariners A-League Women’s jersey.

Steadfast Group first partnered with the Mariners in 2019 for their Mariners academy and Junior Member programs, before upgrading in 2021 to become a Senior Partner. Since 2021, they have had their logo positioned on the sleeves of the Mariners Men’s A-League kits.

Steadfast Group is the largest general insurance broker network and the largest group of insurance underwriting agencies in Australasia, with growing operations in Asia and Europe.

Their three business units empower Steadfast to serve their main goal – ensuring their brokers provide their clients with exceptional service and superior products.

Central Coast Mariners CEO Shaun Mielekamp mentioned Steadfast’s commitment to improving the Central Coast community.

“From their initial collaboration in 2019, Steadfast has shown unwavering dedication to our club and the development of football in our region. Now, as we venture into this exciting new chapter with the Mariners’ Women’s A-League team, Steadfast’s continued support sends a strong message of unity and progress,” Mielekamp said via press release.

“We believe that this partnership not only reflects the shared values between our businesses but also demonstrates our collective ambition to drive change in the world of football.

“We are so pleased to have Steadfast Group in prime position partnering with our Women’s team, their extended support underscores their commitment to empowering women in sport and making a lasting impact on the Central Coast community.”

Steadfast Founder, Managing Director and CEO Robert B. Kelly AM expressed his excitement to build the women’s game even further.

“Steadfast strives to have a positive and lasting impact on our communities, and empowering women’s sports is a fun and powerful way to do so,” Kelly added via Mariners press release.

“We’ve now been a proud supporter of the Central Coast Mariners for almost five years and are pleased to extend this support to the Women’s A-League. I wish the team every success as we look forward to an incredible season.”

The Mariners have mentioned in their overall strategy and in other recent agreements that they have a key focus on improving women’s football in the Gosford community. Recently, they made a commitment to upgrading the facilities and resources available to the women’s program and also received a generous gym equipment donation from the Lionesses to fast-track the progress.

As the Mariners enter the 2023/24 season as returnees to the league, the club and Steadfast Group have made it clear that they are focusing on increasing awareness and the quality of women’s football in the local community as they prepare an elite foundation to ensure the quality is sustained.

Global Institute of Sport and former Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor launch ‘study and play’ academy in Dubai

Global Institute of Sport (GIS) has announced an expansion into the Middle East by partnering with leading football performance specialists The Player, co-founded by former Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor.

Aspiring footballers from across the globe can now study a GIS university degree and immerse themselves in an elite football environment with the stunning surroundings of Dubai.

The new ‘Study & Play: Dubai’ initiative provides footballers of all levels with an unprecedented opportunity to train and play in state-of-the-art facilities under the guidance of UEFA A licenced coaches. Alongside their football, students studying a specialist GIS online sports degree will receive local academic support, as well as be part of a global cohort of GIS students studying the same degree course.

Open to students from across the world to move to Dubai, successful applicants will be able to immerse themselves in the Middle East’s emerging football market, gain cutting-edge skills and apply for sports work placements that will shape their future both on and off the field.

The Player Co-Founder and former Newcastle United player Steven Taylor commented:

“This partnership with GIS offers a fantastic opportunity for young athletes. Education is one of our four main focuses at The Player, and we’re able to offer high level performance training alongside this education.”

Fellow The Player Co-Founder and UEFA A licenced coach Sam White added:

“We’re really proud to be introducing this partnership with Global Institute of Sport, and being able to offer young professionals and talented young athletes the opportunity to study a degree and play or work within the world of football in Dubai at the same time.”

GIS President and CEO Sharona Friedman stated:

“GIS was founded with the intention of bringing the best learning and education from the world of sport together so that students are able to graduate with a holistic understanding of best practice from around the globe.

“We are delighted to partner with The Player to provide an additional immersive opportunity for students to study and train in an elite football environment, whilst also bringing our education model to a new region, which will be at the forefront of sports business and performance for the decades to come.”

The GIS degrees available to study as part of this opportunity are:

All programmes are delivered entirely online with the exception of MSc Football Coaching & Analysis, which is largely online plus two residential weeks in either London, Miami or Melbourne.

For more information on Study & Play: Dubai, you can visit the link here:

FIFA implement measures to protect female players and coaches

FIFA has announced several amendments to the current Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players (RSTP). These changes have been approved by the FIFA Council by May 2024 and have been brought into effect from June 1.

These changes are majorly focused on women and the impact that menstruation and pregnancy have on their careers.

A meeting of key stakeholders and FIFA members resulted in these new regulations advancing the women’s game.

These include:

  • FIFA female players and coaches can now receive a minimum of 14 weeks of paid maternity leave.
  • A minimum of 8 weeks of paid absence for female coaches and players who adopt a child under the age of 2.
  • Also, a minimum of 8 weeks paid absence from the birth of the child if they are not the biological mother (for example same-sex parenthood).
  • Players are entitled to full remuneration if they are absent from training or games due to menstruation or pregnancy health reasons.
  • There is increased support for female players in contacting families during national team contexts to ease pressure on children and mothers.

FIFA Chief Legal & Compliance Officer Emilio García Silvero has commented on the recent changes:

“FIFA is committed to implementing a dynamic regulatory framework that is sound and suitable for the increasing needs of female players and coaches,” he said via media release.

“In order for the game to further flourish, it’s key that we have a holistic approach towards player well-being, including the legal aspects.”

This is a huge advancement in the game’s equality mission as FIFA has recognised and actively planned to ease the physical, psychological and social dimensions of pregnancy and menstruation for women athletes.

These regulations fit Goal 2 in FIFA’s Strategic Objectives for the Global Game: 2023-2027, which describe the organisation’s commitment to exploring and implementing further safeguards for player and coach welfare.

FIFA Chief Football Women’s Officer Dame Sarai Bareman outlined the importance of placing women’s physical health in the legal and mainstream dialogue of the sport.

“When you’re playing sport for a living, and in a professional environment, we have to factor in that the female menstrual cycle can also impact on your ability to deliver within your role,” she added via media release.

“So, it’s important that we protect … those that are affected by their menstrual cycles in a way that it doesn’t put at risk their employment situation with their club and, ultimately, their ability to earn money.”

This announcement shows the players are becoming the major stakeholders in laws and regulations around their welfare.

This is an important strategy for the equality of the game by making sure that women’s sporting careers are not put on hold or impacted by their natural body function or raising a child.

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