Victorian Government launches female football network

Football Victoria

The Victorian Government has officially unveiled a new female football networking group, Our Game Network – Victoria for the state.

Our Game Network – Victoria’s aim is to unite Victoria’s footballing public to share ideas, celebrate the game, learn, and continue to challenge gender biased attitudes which exist in sport. The group strongly aligns with Football Victoria’s (FV) Strategic Plan 2019-2022 which set the ambitious strategic objective to reach 50:50 gender equity by 2027.

A sold-out crowd packed into the Royal Brighton Yacht Club to connect, network and build relationships with other members of the football community.

Hosted by Andrea Swain, Football Victoria’s (FV) Women and Girls Manager, the night was headlined by a line-up of guest speakers who shared their experiences and discussed the ongoing need to grow women’s and girl’s football.

The event was launched to coincide with last week’s #OneYearToGo Campaign, celebrating what is an exciting and pivotal time for female football as the countdown begins toward the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2022.

Former Commonwealth Bank Matildas stars Melissa Barbieri and Tal Karp discussed their journeys and the influence networking and mentoring is having on the next generation. In addition, the ‘Leading the Change’ panel featured Dr Brent McDonald (Victoria University), Radmila Dyson (Officer City SC), Andrea Blair-Dempsey (Phillip Island SC) and Joanna Charaktis (FIFA Assistant Referee).

The group spoke in-depth about the Change Makers Program and the positive influence it was having within Victorian Clubs, changing attitudes and implementing gender equity across all areas of football.

Karen Pearce, Executive Manager Equity, Growth and Inclusion also addressed the room, discussing Legacy 23, the importance of community engagement and the vast impact clubs can have when uniting to drive positive change.

Overall, more than 110 guests attended, making the night a spectacular success.

Emergency Sporting Equipment Grant Program ready to help Victorian clubs in need

Sport and Recreation Victoria has opened applications for the Emergency Sporting Equipment Grant Program until May 31, 2024.

The program is a valuable initiative that assists grassroots sport and active recreation clubs and organisations when the going gets tough, as a way to recoup essential sporting and first aid equipment that can be lost or destroyed as a consequence of fire, flood, significant storms, theft or criminal damage.

The program, which has been running since November 1, 2023, offers grants of up to $1,000 that go towards replacement or repair costs associated with equipment that belongs to the applicant organisation. All incidents that have occurred from 1 June 2023 to 31 May 2024 will be covered via these grants.

Before submitting an application, the following criteria must be obtained:

  • a police report for all incidents involving theft or criminal damage
  • quote/s which correspond to the equipment requested for funding
  • if already purchased – proof of payment including receipts, bank statements and invoices
  • evidence of the incident and the equipment that has been lost or destroyed.

For full information including program guidelines, visit Sport and Recreation Victoria here.

After submitting an application through this form, notification of outcomes will be provided within four weeks of applying.

Football Victoria choose Veo to introduce video analysis technologies

Football Victoria announced a partnership with Veo Technologies, a global leader in AI-powered sports recording platforms.

FV will integrate Veo Technology and cameras across its internal departments, including technical teams and the referee department.

This collaboration brings advanced video analysis capabilities to all aspects of football operations within FV, including technical teams and the referee department.

FV have been searching for a new company to help with their modern football analytics capabilities and chose Veo after a rigorous and detailed process.

The company met FV’s requirements and standards for elite football analysis and both companies reflect a shared commitment to innovation and excellence in football analytics, benefiting the entire Victorian football landscape.

Veo is the simple and portable sports camera. In Veo, their goal is to help every player and team take their game and sport up a level. They do it with a camera that can automatically record and live-stream sport and a state-of-the-art analysis platform, all powered by AI.

With a combination of advanced AI technology and ease of use, Veo have made this whole process easy and available for everybody, and Veo has become a natural part of sport pitches worldwide.

In their statement, the company spoke about the overall target they want to hit with this partnership.

“Our goal is to also make VEO’s technology accessible to all clubs, players, and coaches, supporting the game’s progress in Victoria,” Veo said in a statement.

Paul Iliopoulos, FV Sponsorship & Events Manager, mentioned the importance of this partnership in improving the quality of coaching and football development in the state.

“VEO’s cameras are a crucial asset for coaches, players, and clubs. This partnership will provide valuable options and benefits, enhancing education and development in football analytics across the Victorian football community,” he said in a statement.

This partnership will mainly benefit the local clubs in Victoria with an affordable deal set that will allow easier access to the fantastic technology.

Through the partnership, FV members are eligible for A$300 discount off a Veo Cam 2, this offer is eligible with the purchase of a 1 or 2-year subscription for a team or club.

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