Supaturf: Line-marking specialists for football grounds across Australia

Supaturf is an Australian owned and operated company which plays an important role in the football community across the country.

The company, which was established in 1992, locally develops and distributes line marking machines, accessories and liquids for football fields across Australia.

Supaturf’s range of products, including their line marking and line removing liquids, are considered to be cost effective, easy to use and eco-friendly amongst other things.

Supaturf’s Redispray Line Marking Liquid.

Their reliability and profile have led the company to partner with various organisations over the years, including state governing body’s such as Football Victoria.

Supaturf’s partnership with Football Victoria has spanned multiple years and continues to be mutually effective for both sides, according to Victorian Sales Representative for Supaturf, John Hansen.

“It’s the fifth or sixth year of the partnership, basically we supply all the line marking for all the clubs,” he said.

“That’s what we specialise in…it’s why Football Victoria continue to support us, because we don’t step onto anyone else’s toes. We just do line marking, we have the line marking system, we make the machines – sell the machines, we make the paint – sell the paint, we are the wholesaler.

“We have direct access to the 350+ clubs under the Football Victoria banner which is great and the federation is very organised through Anthony Grima (Head of Commercial at the governing body).

“For Football Victoria, it gives them continuity that they’ve got a supplier that is Australian made and Australian own…basically everything is done here in Australia.”

Through the partnership, clubs are offered incentives to use and purchase products provided by Supaturf.

“We generally put out flyers and so forth, but normally there’s a conference in February, however that didn’t happen this year because of COVID. All of the clubs usually come through there and we will sell our stuff at the conference, giving them various discounts and specials.”

Supaturf doesn’t have similar deals with other football governing bodies across Australia akin to the FV deal, however, Hansen explained it was not that necessary as the company already has access to clubs across the other states.

When questioned why the rest of the football community should continue to choose and use Supaturf’s products, Hansen claimed: “Because we’ve been around for 30 years, we are the biggest in Australia.

“We export all over the world, including across to England and Japan. We’re very big in New Zealand for example as well, but most importantly we are Australian made, Australian owned and environmentally friendly.”

Supaturf’s products have been used on most major sporting stadiums in Australia as well, including famous venues such as North Sydney Oval, which once hosted Northern Spirit games in the old National Soccer League.

“To maintain a prestigious sporting field such as North Sydney Oval to it’s premium capability, the ground requires the best products and service, and with Supaturf, we can achieve those results,” said David Somerville, Assistant Grounds Manager at North Sydney Oval.

“Supaturf has been part of our field marking programme for many years now due to its high-quality paints, serviceability to its units and above all else their reliance when required in both product distribution and cost effectiveness to other similar commodities.

“Presentation is the end result to any turf manager and Supaturf allows that to happen – they will be part of our oval for many years to come.”

If any football club in Australia is looking to purchase line-marking products, here are a few reasons why it is vital to do so, according to the Supaturf blog.

This is why line-marking in stadiums is so important:

  • Directional signs on the roads alert traffic as to where to access the stadium.
  • Carparks – both traffic direction and car spacing.
  • Pathways direct spectators to entry and exit points of the stadium.
  • Emergency exits.
  • Staff entry.
  • Numbered seating in the stadium.
  • The sporting field itself.

There is a lot involved in ensuring a venue is spectator-friendly, with most of that coming down to the ease of access spectators have to the stadium and knowing where to go once they are inside.

It is crucial to understand the different responsibilities of stadiums, patrons, players and staff which is why when line-marking is applied, it needs to be reliable and durable. Supaturf’s extensive range of line-marking equipment offers options to cater to individual venues and their specific line marking needs.

For more information and product enquiries on Supaturf, visit their website here.

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Philip Panas is a sports journalist with Soccerscene. He reports widely on football policy and industry matters, drawing on his knowledge and passion of the game.

Melbourne Knights confirm innovative alliance with ProTrainUp

Melbourne Knights Football Club has confirmed a new partnership with leading football management software company, ProTrainUp.

This collaboration is set to enhance communication and streamline operations with the Club, marking a significant step forward in the commitment to excellence and growth.

Founded in 2013, ProTrainUp is a club management system fuelled by data driven technology, created by and for the football community. ProTrainUp combines quantitative and qualitative data to enhance club operations for both staff and participants, enabling the Club to:

  1. Enhance communication between club staff and players with built-in public and private messaging services.
  2. Simplify the organization and delivery of training sessions using plans and sessions provided by top international federations and clubs, available only through ProTrainUp.
  3. Maintain an up-to-date calendar of training sessions and matches.
  4. Gather data and statistics on players to create detailed reports on individual player development and overall team progress.

ProTrainUp is a system used by clubs around the world including European clubs such as Dinamo Zagreb FC and FC Porto, highlighting its importance in modern football.

The main objective of this partnership is to enhance communication among club staff, players, and parents.

ProTrainUp’s advanced software will deliver a centralised platform for efficient and effective communication, guaranteeing that all members of the Melbourne Knights community stay well-informed and engaged.

The system is accessible both online and through the app, allowing players and parents to enable push notifications so they never miss important Club updates.

The partnership will play a huge role in upskilling the juniors program in 2025, a huge focus that President Simon Pincic spoke about in length in his exclusive interview with Soccerscene.

The Knights will leverage ProTrainUp’s comprehensive tools for training management, performance tracking, and development planning to ‘provide the juniors with the best possible environment to grow and succeed’ as per their statement.

This will help more than just the junior players however with ProTrainUp, the coaches will benefit from this technology with seamless tracking of player progress, and enhanced training experiences, all contributing to the overall development of the junior players.

The club spoke about the future of their management through this advanced technology system.

“We look forward to a successful partnership and are excited about the positive impact it will have on our Club and community. Together with ProTrainUp, we are committed to building a stronger, more connected, and highly effective football club,” Knights said in a club statement.

This is an excellent and innovative partnership by the Knights that sees them advance forward in the development of technology.

The Knights have been vocal about the importance of junior development and have historically been one of Australia’s most successful clubs at creating stars from their system, with ProTrainUp only advancing that cause.

Football Victoria to tackle violence prevention through grants

$1.2 million has been allocated on behalf of Football Victoria (FV) towards the “Preventing Violence through Sports Grants Program”, for the continuation of 12 community-based sporting projects across the state to occur.

As confirmed by Prevention of Family Violence Minister Vicki Ward, and Community Sport Ministers Ros Spence, it will ensure that football has its place within the community.

Each respective minister will strive towards the mitigation and resolution of violence amongst families.

A supportive body under the umbrella of Football Victoria, Victorian University and Regional Sport Victoria, is a designated support team designated towards the installation of projects addressing structural and cultural hurdles experienced by multicultural communities, females and non-binary people through the participation of sports.

Football Victoria’s involvement within the Change Makers supportive initiative is exercised frequently. Within the football community, it is imperative that inclusivity is at the forefront upon all aspects for football to be a game for all to enjoy, succeed and prosper within.

The programs in which FV offer in collaboration with Change Makers are commonly in the prevention of violence. Changing attitudes, behaviours and patterns all correlated with violence are implemented in order to build a safer football community. In which has the prosperity to have further change upon a wider community.

Executive Manager of Equity, Growth, and Inclusion at Football Victoria, Karen Pearce OAM emphasised the need for additional funding to support their ongoing efforts said via press release:

“We are indebted to the Victorian Government’s funding, so we can continue to persist in producing enabling environments through education and training delivered in partnership with Victorian University and Regional Sport Victoria, and not lose the momentum of gains already achieved,” she said.

“As an organisation, we have learnt that all our equity work must be overlaid with a primary prevention approach that establishes the expectation that gender equality must be considered and prioritised in all current and future planning, service delivery and practice.”

Fiona McLachlan, Associate Director Research Training at Victoria University, celebrated the news.

“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Football Victoria to support their sector-leading gender equity work. We have made a very conscious decision to work with Football Victoria for their openness to adopt research-informed and whole-of-sport approaches to preventing gender-based violence,” she added via press release.

The Change Makes program is created to assist clubs in the analysis of their environments, allowing for the identification and termination of aspects within the club that showcase inequity.

Showcased through a tangible evidence-based approach, education towards change can occur.

Furthermore, the drive in achieving gender equality can continue to drive in a forward direction throughout the analysis process.

Change makers have already established quite the presence within Victorian sport. FV, in collaboration with the supportive body, have successfully challenged and created necessary change within multiple facets of sport across the state.

Primarily, gender equality has remained at the forefront of their ongoing efforts, with the body acting as a means for change to entrenched, outdated practices the world has moved on from.

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