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This week’s football funding news ahead of election

As the Australian federal election approaches, promises of football funding are being rolled out across the country.

Soccerscene breaks down all the funding news of the past week to keep you up to date on who is investing what into our industry.

It was all about Tasmania, as both major parties made major commitments across the state in the lead in to the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Labor

Lightwood Park in Kingborough, Hobart was promised a $3 million boost by Federal Labor if elected, reinforcing current developments already underway.

The venue had already been given $6 million of funding from the State Liberal government in May 2021, with both major parties investing heavily in football in Tasmania.

Kingborough Lions United Football Club (KLUFC) has confirmed details of a new $6 million changeroom and clubrooms complex at Lightwood Park.

This new round of funding hopes to see the ground and its facilities become a hub for the Women’s World Cup, with players training out of it.

It was announced by Julie Collins, MP for Franklin.

Liberal

The Morrison government announced $2.3 million commitments towards upgrades to Seymour St Park to Brighton, Tasmania, if re-elected.

The announcement, made by Liberal candidate for Lyons Susie Bower, guarantees a significant rejuvenation of Brighton Storm’s home ground can take place.

Similarly to Lightwood Park, the park has also been promised funding from both major parties. Federal Labor also promised $2.3 million, to build two full-size pitches, lighting, clubrooms and additional facilities.

The State Government opened the beginnings of upgrades to Devonport’s Valley Road Ground, as a part of its $10 million commitment to four venues across the state.

Meanwhile in New South Wales, as a continued part of the state’s flood recovery effort, the NSW Government announced a further $55 million Sport Infrastructure Recovery Fund to help flood-impacted sporting organisations get back on their feet.

Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres and Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience and Minister for Flood Recovery Steph Cooke were both present at the announcement.

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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