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The Great Save launched as Football NSW celebrates 140 years

The Great Save

Football representatives from across New South Wales came together to celebrate 140 years of organised football in NSW on Wednesday evening at Parliament House.

Hosted by Football NSW and Northern NSW Football, the milestone event saw the launch of ‘The Great Save’ initiative, aimed at preserving and celebrating the game’s proud history.

The evening witnessed some of the greats of the world game including Ron Lord and Kevin O’Neill, along with Trixie Tagg, Leigh Wardell, Julie Dolan, Heather Garriock and Mara Watts from the women’s game.

Members of Parliament – including The Hon. Stuart Ayres MP, The Hon. Mark Coure MP, Guy Zanguri MP, Sonia Hornery MP, Julia Finn MP and Lynda Voltz MP – were also present amongst a throng of football administrators and media personalities, joined together by their shared recognition of football’s historical significance across NSW.

Football NSW Chairman Gilbert Lorquet paid a glowing tribute to legends that helped shape what we see today in our game.

“Over the past 140 years, the game has seen so many highs and lows, witnessed an inordinately high number of games, and we can all be pleased and proud of where football currently stands in the state’s sporting landscape,” he said.

“It was amazing to have seen so many players, coaches and administrators, who have in their own way played a part in making football in NSW the highest participant sport.”

Football NSW CEO Stuart Hodge recognised the hard work and efforts that were put together to form ‘The Great Save’ project.

“We were delighted to launch a new initiative to formalise our efforts and ensure that we hold on to the past, and recognise the many wonderful people, clubs and organisations that have all contributed to make the sport what it is today,” he said.

“The Great Save is an initiative that first began in England, and we are delighted to be working with a group of enthusiastic, volunteer ‘football aficionados’ and historians who have been able to breathe life into the concept here in Australia.

“A big thank you to Greg Werner and Greg Stock, in addition to the likes of Noel Donna, Ian Holmes, Travis Faulks and Phil Mosely, who have all supported and contributed to this wonderful cause.”

Northern NSW Football CEO David Eland supported the collaborative efforts in preserving our rich history.

“Football NSW and Northern NSW Football are pleased to support The Great Save as the respective governing bodies and provide a structure and formal framework for this initiative.

“Our commitment to this area can be best summarised in its objective; Archiving, preserving, recognising, and celebrating our great game’s history for now and the future.”

Football NSW and Northern NSW will now continue the work being undertaken with historians, Associations, Clubs, and the wider community, to collect, archive and preserve artefacts, documents, trophies, photos and other memorabilia from the game’s 140 years of history.

In weeks and months to come, what will be rolled out is how the community can help preserve the game’s treasures before they are lost forever.

DAZN Canada secures exclusive rights to UEFA national team matches

Global sports streaming platform DAZN has announced a multi-year, exclusive rights deal for its Canadian arm to stream the UEFA Nations League, European Qualifiers and International friendlies for the next six years.

The deal will come into effect from June 1 this year and runs until 2028, streaming the following competitions:

  • UEFA Nations League 2022/23, 2024/25, and 2026/27 inc. UEFA Nations League Finals 2023, 2025 and 2027
  • European Qualifiers to UEFA EURO 2024 and UEFA EURO 2028
  • European Qualifiers to 2026 FIFA World Cup
  • International Friendlies
  • Finalissima Match in 2022 and 2024

DAZN Canada currently streams the English Premier League, the UEFA Champions League, Major League Soccer, and other sports including the United States’ Major Football League and various combat sports.

The deal includes a minimum of 57 national team matches between now and 2028 for top European nations including England, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and France.

“We’re excited to bring more soccer to DAZN subscribers in Canada via another package of premium UEFA competitions,” Norm Lem, SVP, DAZN Canada told dazn.com.

“Alongside both UEFA Men’s and Women’s Champions League as well as UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League, this multitude of UEFA National Team matches will give fans an even bigger library of live soccer to enjoy on DAZN in Canada.”

Football Queensland launches FQ Coaches Club Pilot Program

Football Queensland has announced the launch of the FQ Coaches Club, a brand new initiative designed to provide additional support and development opportunities for community coaches.

Upskilling more coaches to give them greater chance of success in local and community clubs is a priority of FQ and football across the country.

“Improving accessibility of coach development opportunities is crucial in order to support the growth of the game, especially at the community level,” FQ General Manager – Football and State Technical Director Gabor Ganczer told Football Queensland

“Coaches play a primary role in shaping the experiences of participants, so the FQ Coaches Club will not only benefit the coaches involved by providing them with an additional level of support but will also ultimately lead to better outcomes for community clubs and players.” 

FQ Club Development Ambassador – Head of Coaching Davide Bertamini echoed Ganczer’s statements.

“The FQ Coaches Club provides a valuable opportunity for community coaches, Club Coach Coordinators and those who have recently completed a C Licence to gain extra advice and support, with a key focus on session design and delivery,” he said to Football Queensland.

“The informal workshop format of the FQ Coaches Club will allow coaches in attendance to be grouped in order to receive tailored guidance based on the age and level of the players they’re coaching.  

“Coach developers from Football Queensland and from various clubs will deliver the FQ Coaches Club sessions in a pilot program across South East Queensland before the program is expanded into regional parts of the state. 

“We look forward to welcoming coaches from across the game to our upcoming sessions which kick off next week.”

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