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FFV community business network links businesses, football clubs, media and Government

FFV community business network links businesses, football clubs, media and Government
January 21, 2016

Following its successful launch event in November last year, Football Federation Victoria’s (FFV) Community in Business initiative will be hosting four business networking luncheons in 2016.

The Community in Business network brings together key stakeholders within football in Victoria including businesses, football clubs, media and government and provides a membership benefits program and multiple connectivity channels for members to engage with like-minded people who share a passion for the world game.

Its first event, on Friday 27th November 2015 generated an overwhelming response from businesses, individuals and clubs who have already signed up to be part of Community in Business in 2016.

Held at Fenix Events in Richmond, the event saw Socceroos Coach Ange Postecoglou and Socceroos legend Josip Skoko, on hand to launch the new community initiative and share their footballing experiences.

Perth Glory Chief Executive Peter Filopoulos, Fox Sports football analsyt Andy Harper, FFV President and former Socceroo Kimon Taliadoros and Fairfax journalist Michael Lynch then made up an expert panel discussing the commercial value of football in Victoria as part of the Community in Business launch - pictured below.

Community in Business was established after extensive FFV research in 2014 on sponsorship. The findings discovered around 2,000 businesses invested commercially in community football, making a significant financial contribution to more than 350 Victorian clubs.

FFV General Manager of Commercial and Media Anthony Grima said establishing Community in Business enhances Victoria’s standing as Australia’s football capital and promotes the benefits of investing in community football for businesses.

Grima explains “community in Business is the perfect entry point for any business wishing to support and invest in football in Victoria.

“Community in Business acknowledges the contribution made by businesses to football in Victoria and will enhance the relationships between Victorian football clubs and their business partners.

"Community in Business is about developing and maintaining meaningful relationships, establishing trust and mutual return on investment for members.”

Anthony Grima, Ange Postecoglou and Kimon Taliadoros.

Taliadoros said Community in Business would assist football’s rapid growth in Victoria, commenting “Victoria has over 350 clubs and more than 63,000 players involved in our beautiful game.

'A 13% participation rise in Victoria this year is proof of the rapid growth of football.

“This participation rise, global stars on our doorstep with the International Champions Cup and the strong performance of PS4 NPL Victoria teams in the Westfield FFA Cup means it is the perfect time for Community in Business to continue this momentum for Victorian clubs and the businesses that support them.”

During the launch event Postecoglou was interviewed by Master of Ceremonies George Donikian.‚Äč

Grima added “we were privileged to have Victorian football icons like Ange Postecoglou and Josip Skoko support us with this initiative alongside other Socceroos and Matildas legends at the launch.

"But also the true legends of our game, the club committees and volunteers that are the heart of our Victorian clubs.

"Community in Business feature guests for next year's four functions will continue to reflect the ethos of supporting every level of the game, and celebrating Victoria’s football achievements.”

Community in Business will also utilise its network to achieve the following objectives to continue the growth and success of football in Victoria: 

1. To develop and maintain sustainable business relationships.
2. To develop introductions and maintain local, state and federal government relationships.
3. To promote the benefits of investing in community football.
4. To unite Victorian football clubs as ‘friends in football’ and to tackle big issues collectively rather than alone or in competition with one another.
5. To celebrate the success of football and acknowledge Victoria’s proud history and those who have contributed to its successful past, present and future.
6. To discuss topics of importance, including how businesses and clubs can decrease the costs of football.
7. To consult with businesses involved in football for the benefit of producing FFV’s 2016-19 Strategic Plan.
8. To leverage football’s business relationships to promote and grow football in Victoria.
9. To provide members with cost-effective ways to leverage the success of football and leverage the branding of Community in Business.
10. To make a genuine and sustainable difference to the lives of disadvantaged individuals in football.

The 2016 Community in Business Luncheon schedule is as follows:

Luncheon 1
Friday 4th March - The International of Brighton, 81 Bay Street, Brighton

Luncheon 2
Friday 13th May  - Leonda by The Yarra, 2 Wallen Road, Hawthorn

Luncheon 3 
Friday 29th July - Metro (West) location, Venue TBC

Luncheon 4
Friday 2nd September - Metro (North) location, Venue TBC

For more information go to

Click here to visit the FFV Community in Business Facebook page.

Top image: Ange Postecoglou and Josip Skoko. All photographs courtesy of Victory Pix Sports Photography.





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