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UK and Dutch experts to join Wenger at 2020 Australian Coaching Conference

Following the announcement earlier this month that Arsene Wenger will headline the 2020 Australian Coaching Conference, Football NSW has announced several other key industry figures who will present at the event.

Today it was revealed that Head of Football Development for the Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB), Jorg van der Breggen will present on “Building An Evidence Based Youth Development Program”. The segment will focus on how coaches can become more effective within the youth development phase.

“Jorg is someone who is at the forefront of youth development in Europe, he is very passionate for grassroots football as well as elite football so this will be great presentation for coaches across Australian football no matter their level as they look to further understand youth development and the important part they as coaches play in the process no matter what level, be it a Mum or Dad in the local park or a B Licence coach working for an NPL Academy” said Chris Adams, Football New South Wales Coach Development Manager

The conference will also feature two highly-regarded coaches from the United Kingdom who were announced earlier in the week. Head Coach for the England U16-U17 Female National Team, Lydia Bedford and Head of Coaching for UK Coaching, Nick Levett.

Bedford will present on “Developing Future Female Champions”, a segment  which will form part of the “Coaching The Female Player” stream.

“Lydia is a leading figure within the development of female football with the English FA in recent years and it is testament to the quality of this year’s 2020 Australian Coaching Conference that we have someone of her stature and experience in youth development join us online, with Australia hosting the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup this will be a great presentation for all coaches to gain an insight into how to develop top class female players for the future,” Adams said.

Levett will focus on “The Essential Skills Of An Effective Youth Coach”, a segment designed for coaches of all levels from grassroots to elite football focusing on coaching behaviours and how to work effectively with youth players of all abilities.

“Coaches of all levels will gain valuable insights into coaching from Nick Levett to then apply into their relevant coaching environment be it in an NPL youth or senior environment to a volunteer coach at a local association club,” Adams added.

“To have someone of Nick’s experience across all parts of the football world from Grassroots through to elite football is another great addition to this years conference.”

The conference is scheduled to be held on Saturday 28 November and organisers have stated registered participants will be allowed access to the content any time afterwards through a specially designed online platform.

For more information, visit www.footballnsw.com.au

Sky Sports extends rights to NIFL

The Northern Ireland Football League has announced that Sky Sports will be the exclusive broadcaster of Football in the region once again.

The Northern Ireland Football League has announced that Sky Sports will once again be the exclusive broadcaster of top-flight football in the region for the next three years.

The Irish League has had a long-lasting partnership with Sky over the years and the agreement will see the relationship in place until the end of the 2024/25 season.

The new agreement will see four Danske Bank Premiership fixtures and the BetMcLean League Cup final broadcast live across the UK & Ireland each season.

Northern Ireland Football Chief Executive, Gerard Lawlor:

“We sincerely thank Sky Sports for their continued backing of our game and we look forward to showcasing some of the best NI Football League matches together over the next three seasons,” he said.

“To continue to have the invaluable support of such a high-profile broadcaster shows how far our league has progressed in recent years as we bring our game to an increasing audience of loyal fans.

“The NI Football League brand is continuing to grow outside of the confines of Northern Ireland, and through Sky Sports, many football fans are now becoming more familiar with the rich history of our clubs and as well as some of the household names that have played in the Irish League.”

Sky Sports Director of Football, Gary Hughes:

“As a long-term partner to the Northern Ireland Football League, we’re delighted to extend Sky Sports’ support of the league and ensure that its entertaining action continues to be available to our customers,” he said.

“Sky Sports customers will be able to enjoy the Northern Ireland Football league alongside our ever-expanding football offering in the UK & Ireland which includes over 500 live games in 2022, from the Premier League, EFL, Scottish Premiership and FA Women’s Super League as well as international action in the form of World Cup Qualifiers, and this month’s Africa Cup of Nations – placing Sky Sports as the home of live football.”

Valencia CF presents revised stadium upgrade plans

Valencia CF President Anil Murthy has stated the club will not deliver a “low-cost stadium” after holding talks with Mayor Joan Ribó over reviving the long-running Nuevo Mestella project.

Valencia CF President Anil Murthy has stated the club will not deliver a “low-cost stadium” after holding talks with Mayor Joan Ribó over reviving the long-running Nuevo Mestella project.

Valencia’s stadium, the Nuevo Mestalla, was originally under construction in 2009. However, over the last 12 years, due to financial issues and negotiation breakdowns, construction has never been completed and the situation has become known as one of the world’s most notorious stadium projects.

Murthy presented revised plans to a Council delegation led by Ribó, with the club seeking to recommence work on the stadium in order to ensure it retains the advantages granted to it under an ATE construction license given in 2012.

The plans presented to the council include a stadium capacity between 43,000 to 46,000, expandable to 60,000. The stadium would have a second ring dedicated almost exclusively to leisure and restaurant offerings, while the roof will be fitted with solar panels in an effort to drive sustainability.

Valencia Mayor, Joan Ribo:

“Initially it is proposed for a capacity comparable to that which the (Mestalla) stadium currently has (48,500), but expandable to 62,000 spectators. But I think this is not the fundamental element,” he said.

“The fundamental element is the novelty of this second ring that has seemed to me to be a remarkable element that is not in many football stadia. They propose a roof that is made of photovoltaic panels, which is an example at that level that I want to value.

“They have assured us that they have guarantees with the bank where they have the debt, which is now Caixabank.

“They have presented us with a calendar where in June 2022 the works of the sports centre would begin, in October 2022 the start of the works of the stadium and in August 2024 the inauguration of the new Mestalla. The calendar seems realistic and possible, but if it is not met, they will listen to us.”

In December, Valencia revealed plans to use funds from LaLiga’s strategic venture, with global investment fund CVC Capital Partners to help finance the construction of its new stadium. Valencia is reportedly set to receive approximately $189 million AUD from LaLiga as part of the LaLiga Impulso venture. $125 million of which is set to head to the stadium project.

Valencia CF President, Anil Murthy:

“The meeting has been very positive. After the two meetings with the Generalitat, today we have taken an important step by formally presenting the project we have to the important institution, which is the City Council,” he said.

“We have agreed on recommencing work as soon as possible, after presenting the project to the Generalitat and the City Council.

“Nobody talks about a low-cost stadium. It’s going to be a stadium that’s going to give a lot of people a lot of hope and it’s going to mean a lot of investment in the city. It’s going to be something different and something attractive.”

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