Ulverstone Soccer Club’s new floodlights up and running

Ulverstone Soccer Club

Tasmania’s Ulverstone Showgrounds will see bright lights flood the ovals, with the new upgrade officially opened.

The new floodlights have recently been given the tick of approval by Federal Member for Braddon, Gavin Pearce, and will ensure that Ulverstone Soccer Club and its respective sides are equipped with better access to more training and playing time.

As a result of the $210,000 boost from the Federal Government, the ground’s previous floodlights have been replaced by LED globes which will glow brighter and more consistently throughout the year.

Ulverstone Soccer Club President Sam Kingshott was delighted to have secured the floodlights and was looking forward to seeing the club reap the benefits of a much-needed infrastructure upgrade.

“In terms of being able to program games on Saturdays and even Friday night youth games as well, this allows a lot more versatility,” he said.

“We’ll be able to schedule senior games into the evening, rather than matches being played at our secondary ground.”

Football Tasmania CEO Matt Bulkeley acknowledged the importance of satisfying the growing football participant base in Tasmania with quality infrastructure.

“It’s wonderful to see the new lights come on at the Ulverstone Showgrounds. As with many clubs across the state, access to sufficient playing and training space for our growing player base has been an issue holding Ulverstone back,” he said.

“By being able to train on more pitches each night of the week, even more players in the region from all age groups are able to enjoy the many benefits of our great game.

“I’d like to thank Gavin Pearce and the Federal Government for funding this important project and for his continued support of the World Game.”

Pearce was ecstatic to see the project come to fruition, who was part of the official opening.

“Every time I open an upgrade to one of our region’s sporting facilities, it’s another sign of our government’s commitment to improving health and wellbeing within our local communities,” he said.

“This is not an investment in lights, it’s an investment in the thousands who will come to the Ulverstone Soccer Club and experience the many benefits that participating in a sport brings. Whether it’s physical fitness, mental wellbeing, making social connections, this investment will reap rewards many times over.”

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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