The Reagan Milstein Foundation: Giving every child a chance to play football

Reagan Milstein Foundation

At Football Victoria’s Community in Business Kick-off Breakfast, Jackie Sher from the Regan Milstein Foundation addressed the audience about the initiatives being put in place to highlight the true meaning of what they do.

The Reagan Milstein Foundation was established in honour of Reagan Milstein, a 14-year-old boy who loved sports and loved to help people. Unfortunately he was a victim of a freak diving accident in 2010.

The foundation was established to make sure every child is able to play and regardless of their personal circumstances, while also hoping that it will keep Reagan’s memory alive in the community and ensure his wish to make a difference in the lives of others.

Jackie spoke about the foundation and mentioned the impact of Kevin Milstein on the progress of the foundation.

“He’s dedicated his life to the foundation. he’s truly passionate about the wonderful game of football and what it means, especially for children,” she said.

“To date this year alone, we’ve sent football gear to 16 countries across the globe. From within Australia, across the Pacific and beyond to Africa and the Middle East.”

The Foundation has received gear from over 44 clubs and organisations across the globe and features Liverpool FC as an official charity partner in Australia. A collection bin was set up at the breakfast for anyone with any type of football gear to drop off, which in turn will get distributed to communities in need.

Jackie also highlighted the association with Football Victoria and the overriding goals for the foundation in the near future.

“Our aim is to ensure that no child is prevented from playing the game due to lack of equipment or lack of funds for club fees or transport and whatever. We hope that with the ongoing support of Football Victoria and you all here today we will be ever closer to achieving that goal,” she stated.

Every charity needs the support of communities and with a vast range of them associated and connected through the love for the global game foundations such has the Reagan Milstein Foundation, it plays an important part in development and nurturing of grassroots football.

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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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