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Australia recognised as benchmark for grassroots football across Asia
Football Federation Australia has become the first Member Association in the Asian Football Confederation to be recognised with Gold Status for its work at grassroots level.
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Grassroots Charter was introduced to support member associations in their core task of implementing grassroots programs and activities.
Earlier this year AFC officials concluded a visit to NSW to assess FFA’s application with a number of site inspections to assess the programs.
Football Federation Australia Chief Executive David Gallop said one of the FFA’s strategic priorities is to build a stronger connection between grassroots and the professional game and this recognition by the AFC is a strong endorsement of the positive work undertaken in this area.
Gallop advised “we are proud that AFC has recognised the significant work that FFA does in the grassroots community space.
“Achieving the highest gold standard is a great achievement and we look forward to doing more work in Australia to service the grassroots, and to share our knowledge in this area with AFC and its Member Associations.”
FFA Head of Community, Women’s and Football Development, Emma Highwood said the AFC Grassroots Charter aims to make football the number one sport on the continent by increasing participation at all levels.
Highwood said one way which the FFA was able to drive this is via the Community Services Fund, advising “this fund is focused on servicing the grassroots, rather than growth projects and includes facilities, club development, referees and coaching.
“The Community Services Fund allocates $2.5 million each year to Member Federations to help our football community grow our great game and one of the key objectives is getting as many boys and girls playing as possible.”
Some of the examples of recent programs include:
• Football NSW ‘Let’s light up Football’ Fund with 17 NSW clubs funded to improve flood lighting
• Introduction and expansion of Club Development officers in Victoria, through the Club Engagement Program in Northern NSW, South Australia and Western Australia
• Expansion of the Club Coach Coordinator Program, particularly across Western Australia, Northern NSW, NSW and Victoria
• Increased investment in referee recruitment and development across all Member Federations
• Development of a Multicultural program to provide ALDI MiniRoos football for new arrival refugees aged from five to 11 years
Highwood said this recognition by the AFC is a great endorsement for all those that contribute to the development of Grassroots Football including member federations, local associations and clubs along with coaches, players, supporters and volunteers.
Images: ALDI MiniRoos football (top) and Emma Highwood (below).
1st November 2018 - Community impact of football in NSW to reach $1 billion by 2025
2nd October 2018 - New FFA constitution agreed in extraordinary general meeting vote
17th September 2018 - FFA looks to introduce new A-League fan engagement initiatives
28th August 2018 - FFA promotes former Matilda to participation management role
27th August 2018 - Football Federation Victoria launches Football Facilities strategy to 2026
3rd August 2018 - Football Federation Victoria welcomes funding for new sports lighting
17th November 2017 - New AusPlay figures show football leads sport participation rates in Australia
10th October 2017 - FFA establishes new Multicultural Unit
3rd February 2016 - 2015 AFC Asian Cup delivers $81 million economic impact
8th December 2015 - FFA survey shows boom in football participation
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