Western Sydney Wanderers add MyHR to expand their large corporate base

Western Sydney Wanderers

Western Sydney Wanderers FC have confirmed that largescale human resources service, MyHR, have joined the club’s corporate family for the 2023/24 season.

In 2013, MyHR founders Jason Ennor and Sean O’Brien created the perfect launchpad for an innovative new product, a hybrid HR service that gives clients a specialised digital platform fully supported by a team of HR experts which prides itself on being ultimately scalable, integrated and exact.

For the 2023/24 season, MyHR will be displayed on all Wanderers Isuzu UTE A-League home match day LED signage, as well as continuing to be mentioned on the club’s official digital channels next season, like they were on the Man of The Match posts in 2022/23.

Western Sydney Wanderers CEO Scott Hudson welcomed MyHR to the corporate family.

“We would like to thank Jason and his team from MyHR and look forward to working with them over the next season.” he explained in a club statement about the partnership.

MyHR joins the long list of Western Sydney’s business partners in the club’s attempt to expand the brand beyond just the on field results.

The Wanderers in 2022 released a ‘Community Philosophy’ post on digital channels and their website in particular outlining the importance of corporate stakeholders to the club.

In the club website they state: ‘We are fully committed to providing the best partnerships for the club which will characterise and benefit the core Western Sydney Wanderers Community’.

MyHR Chief Executive Officer Jason Ennor outlined he connected well with the club and what they stand for.

“MyHR is thrilled to partner with the Western Sydney Wanderers as their HR Partner and chosen HR platform. Their values align perfectly with ours, and we look forward to many years of mutual success.”

This partnership has allowed fans to benefit directly with MyHR offering Wanderers members three months of free HR and Payroll, as well as 50% off MyHR’s guided onboarding fee.

This move is a positive one for the Wanderers, creating another connection to a corporate brand that appeals to a certain demographic of fans as well as financially helping the club move forward and succeed on and off the pitch.

FIFPRO Asia/Oceania report of AFC Champions League assesses the cost of competition for players and clubs

FIFPRO Asia/Oceania has published a report on key financial findings from the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) flagship club competition, the AFC Champions League (ACL).

The report, AFC Champions League Analysis Report: Counting the cost for players and clubs, was produced alongside sporting intelligence agency Twenty First Group (TFG).

This analysis is in response to the announcement of AFC Champions League Elite (ACLE) commencing in July this year, as revealed by the AFC in December 2022.

Based on TFG’s analysis, insights and feedback from participating players and clubs, the report addresses the feasibility of running ACLE with key factors including on-field quality and competitive balance, attendances and fan engagement, economics for clubs and players, travel and workload, competition design, and football development outcomes.

The research undertaken focusses on the value of introducing ACLE, based on the current operations of the ACL.

“This report analyses the merits and drawbacks of the current AFC Champions League based on various data and the results indicate that the merits do not outweigh the drawbacks for most players and clubs, making it an unsustainable system,” FIFPRO Asia/Oceania Chair Takuya Yamazaki outlines in the report.

“However, this does not mean that the future of football in Asia is bleak. On the contrary, we believe that this economically significant region can lead a discussion for truly sustainable competition formats.”

The report is the most comprehensive public analysis of the ACL and includes recommendations for what the AFC should be implementing.

“For players, the development of competitions is central to their employment conditions and future opportunities. As its primary workforce, the players are determined to play their role to shape a sustainable and innovation-driven future for the football sector in Asia,” Yamazaki added.

World Leagues Forum is involved in representing professional football leagues on a global level. General Secretary Jerome Perlemuter explained that collaboration between all stakeholders in the Asian region would help shape and deliver sustainable competitions.

“FIFPRO’s contribution to shaping the future of Asian continental competitions is most welcome,” Perlemuter said.

“Sustainable football development requires confederations, leagues and players to work together with a common objective to shape high potential continental competitions in a consistent global calendar. In this context, it is important to consider economic, geographical and cultural specificities. We look forward to continuing these discussions with FIFPRO and all stakeholders.”

To see the report in full, you can do so here.

Wellington Phoenix team up with Chinese outfit Tianjin Tiger

Wellington Phoenix have partnered with Chinese Super League team Tianjin Tiger to boost football growth in both nations.

As part of the Wellington Phoenix Tianjin Tiger Sister City Friendship, the clubs have agreed to hold an annual encounter between their men’s first teams.

The inaugural Wellington Phoenix F.C. vs. Tianjin Tiger F.C. Sister City Shield match is set to take place in Tianjin this September, with the second in Wellington next year.

The strategic collaboration was formed after Phoenix general manager David Dome visited Tianjin in September as part of a business delegation headed by Wellington Mayor Tory Whanau.

The club hosted a delegation from Tianjin, and the two sides signed the Memorandum of Understanding at the Mayor’s office.

Phoenix general manager David Dome was thrilled with the partnership going through.

“The mayoral delegation to China last year was invaluable and I’m thrilled about this partnership with Tianjin Jinmen Tiger, which will be of benefit to the club on multiple levels,” he said via press release.

“Not only will the men get to play a Chinese Super League side as part of their A-League pre-season each year, but the academy will soon benefit from an influx of footballers from Tianjin.

“We’re looking to grow our academy to have an international component and Tianjin Jinmen have committed to sending some young players to Wellington to attend training camps in July and we’re discussing the possibility of their juniors being part of a new international academy annual programme.

“International students are essential for the secondary and tertiary education sector in Wellington and we are evaluating how an elite international academy focused on football can be part of New Zealand’s international education offering.”

Wellington mayor Tory Whanau added that the city is excited about the opportunity. 

“I’d like to congratulate David Dome and the wider team for the work they’ve done on this MoU,” he stated via press release.

“I’m beyond stoked that the delegation last September has resulted in this MoU between the Wellington Phoenix and Tianjin Jinmen Tiger. 

“The development opportunities for both the clubs will be invaluable to not only football but also our cities.”

The Phoenix are enjoying a successful A-league campaign where they currently sit top of the table 18 games into the season.

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