Western United working with Lifeline Western Melbourne to battle mental health in the local community

Western United and Lifeline Western Melbourne

Western United announced Lifeline Western Melbourne as the Club’s Charity Partner for the 2023/24 season in a bid to tackle mental health in the local community.

Western United, with the help from current Premier Partner Victoria University, will connect with Lifeline Western Melbourne with the goal to reinforce their core club value of helping the community battle any mental health problems.

The partnership will include mental health training and specific classes throughout the season to assist club staff and players.

Recently at the Liberty A-League Women’s, the club put together a sausage sizzle at City Vista where all proceeds would go directly to Lifeline Western Melbourne.

Lifeline is a network with 41 centres, 10,000 volunteers and 1,000 employees who provide mental health support and build new infrastructure for those in need in the community.

Each year, over one million Australians reach out to Lifeline for support, with mental health illness recognised as the second highest stipulated disease affecting people in Tarneit, making this an important issue at the heart of Western United’s work on and off the football pitch.

Western United General Manager of Commercial Chris Speldewinde explained the club’s core focus on the mental side of life amongst the local community.

“We acknowledge the role we can play in supporting our western Melbourne community and we are thrilled to be partnering with Lifeline Western Melbourne to tackle mental health,” Speldewinde said in a Western United statement.

“It has been great to bring this partnership to life through support from our Premier Partner Victoria University and now Principal Partner Sharp EIT Solutions, highlighting the significant role Lifeline Western Melbourne plays in our local community.”

Michael Parker, Lifeline Head of Corporate and Community Partnerships, expressed his gratitude towards Western United for their help and support through this partnership.

“Lifeline Western Melbourne is delighted to be working alongside Western United as Charity Partner for season 2023/24. At Lifeline, we work in the community for the community, so it is great to be aligning with an organisation who shares such a strong commitment to supporter and mental health and wellbeing of the local community,” Parker said in a Lifeline statement.

“We believe it is vital for Lifeline Western Melbourne to partner with organisations like Western United to ensure we play our part in supporting people with their mental health and wellbeing.”

It’s fantastic to see another A-League club take the initiative to partner with such a committed company like Lifeline to tackle the important mental health issues that affect so many in the local community.

To express interest in Lifeline’s Crisis Supporter Training, contact Lifeline at ldtraining@lifeline.org.au.

If you or anyone you know needs support or if this story has caused you any distress, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

How Game Plan can navigate clubs to operational success

Australians have sport ingrained into each respective citizens DNA – regardless of ethnicity, gender, age demographic or socio-economic status.

Given the nation’s unmatched diversity, in its existence rests a plethora of diverse sports in which have been introduced into Australian culture.

The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) was founded in 1985 and acts in accordance to the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability act of 2013.

The Australian government agency is responsible for the growth, support and investment within sport across the nation.

In correspondence with the ASC’s mission statement of placing a strategic focus on continuous improvement of sporting organisations across the nation.

The opportunity is provided to all of the nation’s sporting clubs in order to seek government backed development, through the free online platform titled, Game Plan.

Game Plan is an online platform in which enables sporting clubs of all capacities to explore insights into the clubs current capability within fundamental areas of the club.

Valuable administration, participation and financial insights can be accessed by the free online platform.

Through the utilization of the online platform, clubs are able to benefit from gaining unexplored information at no cost, given that the online platform is free of charge.

Clubs now have the possibility of evaluating their personal performance, environment and strengths, while also unearthing areas in which can be managed, improved or untapped.

Furthermore, the performance of club volunteers can be evaluated, club leaders can find easy access to information upon club operations.

Within the findings, the analysis of a clubs current operations status can be reviewed, enabling a club to eradicate any hostile or unsavoury club operations.

Ensuring that viable and swiftly formulated decisions are implemented while developing plans in which will transcend the club within the near future.

In the end it is highly advised that football clubs across the nation utilise the online platform in order to gain an evaluation of the clubs current operational status.

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Melbourne Knights confirm innovative alliance with ProTrainUp

Melbourne Knights Football Club has confirmed a new partnership with leading football management software company, ProTrainUp.

This collaboration is set to enhance communication and streamline operations with the Club, marking a significant step forward in the commitment to excellence and growth.

Founded in 2013, ProTrainUp is a club management system fuelled by data driven technology, created by and for the football community. ProTrainUp combines quantitative and qualitative data to enhance club operations for both staff and participants, enabling the Club to:

  1. Enhance communication between club staff and players with built-in public and private messaging services.
  2. Simplify the organization and delivery of training sessions using plans and sessions provided by top international federations and clubs, available only through ProTrainUp.
  3. Maintain an up-to-date calendar of training sessions and matches.
  4. Gather data and statistics on players to create detailed reports on individual player development and overall team progress.

ProTrainUp is a system used by clubs around the world including European clubs such as Dinamo Zagreb FC and FC Porto, highlighting its importance in modern football.

The main objective of this partnership is to enhance communication among club staff, players, and parents.

ProTrainUp’s advanced software will deliver a centralised platform for efficient and effective communication, guaranteeing that all members of the Melbourne Knights community stay well-informed and engaged.

The system is accessible both online and through the app, allowing players and parents to enable push notifications so they never miss important Club updates.

The partnership will play a huge role in upskilling the juniors program in 2025, a huge focus that President Simon Pincic spoke about in length in his exclusive interview with Soccerscene.

The Knights will leverage ProTrainUp’s comprehensive tools for training management, performance tracking, and development planning to ‘provide the juniors with the best possible environment to grow and succeed’ as per their statement.

This will help more than just the junior players however with ProTrainUp, the coaches will benefit from this technology with seamless tracking of player progress, and enhanced training experiences, all contributing to the overall development of the junior players.

The club spoke about the future of their management through this advanced technology system.

“We look forward to a successful partnership and are excited about the positive impact it will have on our Club and community. Together with ProTrainUp, we are committed to building a stronger, more connected, and highly effective football club,” Knights said in a club statement.

This is an excellent and innovative partnership by the Knights that sees them advance forward in the development of technology.

The Knights have been vocal about the importance of junior development and have historically been one of Australia’s most successful clubs at creating stars from their system, with ProTrainUp only advancing that cause.

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