Club Development: FFV Visits Gippsland

Regional Stakeholders Engaged On Participation Team Tour

As part of Football Federation Victoria's commitment to engaging regional stakeholders, a delegation from football operations and participation recently visited the Latrobe Valley and Gippsland region.

FFV Executive Manager - Football George Angelopoulos, Participation Manager Jason Charles and Club Development Officers Josephine Petrentsis and Stephanie Leondidis visited on September 6 and 7, 2017.

The following summary of the visit has been provided by the FFV participation department:

  • FFV met with Latrobe City Council Project Manager Larry Sengstock and Regional Manager of Sport and Recreation Victoria, Michael Meyer. Improvements to Latrobe City Stadium were discussed. FFV will be working with Council to have major events held in the future to promote football in the region.
  • FFV met with GippSport program coordinators Nicole Osborne and Gene Parini. GippSport provided an insight of the services they provide sports within the community, promoting social sport, active programs, workplace sport, beverage and Alcohol management programs, Let Kids Be Kids campaign and support to La Trobe Valley clubs in applying for government funding and programs.
  • GippSport are currently promoting a Girls Football program in conjunction with Morwell Pegasus that currently has 65 junior girls participants.
  • FFV met with Gippsland Soccer League (GSL) Board and Club Delegates. Regional inclusion in FFV's next strategic plan was discussed, as was improvements to junior pathways and the frequency and location of coaching and refereeing courses. FFV has assured GSL of its support in addressing the region's feedback.
  • Facilities requiring upgrades to become female friendly in readiness for increased female uptake in football is also a priority for FFV working with the GSL.
  • FFV met with Latrobe Valley Soccer League (LVSL) including president Wayne Taylor, vice-president Michael Buhagiar, treasurer Tony Antonelli, junior coordinator Allen Roberts, secretary Paula Landy. The operation of, and challenges facing the LVSL were discussed.
  • FFV met with LVSL Club Delegates where the Federation's renewed focus on club engagement was communicated.
  • FFV met with Warragul United, where president Paul Sheehan outlined the club's business case for a synthetic pitch at Baxter Park and the progress of the proposal's discussion with Council.
  • FFV met with Traralgon Olympians to discuss the club's administrative structure to continue providing football to more than 200 players.
  • FFV met with Gippsland FC President Tristan Zimora, Vicki Hingston and FFV Zone Representative Peter Boyes. Gippsland FC continues to focus on providing elite player pathways with their teams participating in Metro competition. Increasing female participation, regional relationships for facility use, talent identification and development and strategic planning were also discussed.

Football Federation Victoria will continue to update the football family on initiatives within the participation team and progress of the club development initiatives in both metropolitan and regional Victoria.

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