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A teacher by profession, but is now in his 38th year as a football writer. Has written for "Soccer Action" (Melbourne), "Australian Soccer Weekly" (Sydney) and "World Soccer" (London), as well as for several Tasmanian newspapers. Currently contributing to "Goal!Weekly" in Melbourne and the Australian magazine "Soccer International". Played for Croatia-Glenorchy, Caledonians, Metro, Rapid and University in Tasmania, as well as in the United States of America. Coached University, Metro and Croatia-Glenorchy.

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Sean Collins and Bob Gordon 28 November 2017 - Copy

Photo:  FFT president Sean Collins (left) and FFT Board member Bob Gordon at today's announcement of the new five-year plan made at Mt Carmel School in Sandy Bay [PlessPix]

Football Federation Tasmania today announced a five-year plan to boost football participation rates across the State.

The plan, which is consistent with the organisation’s vision, seeks $6 million in government funding and has been developed as part of the five-year plan for Tasmania and has a strong focus on improving infrastructure.

Media filming Gordon 28 November 2017 - Copy

Photo:  FFT Board member Bob Gordon addressed the media conference this morning at Mt Carmel campus [PlessPix]

Through infrastructure upgrades, the organisation believes steady growth will be accommodated, which will address the plan’s main aim to increase the number of registered players in Tasmania from the current 14,000 to 20,000 by the year 2023.

Football Federation Tasmania’s President, Sean Collins, said to achieve this, the Federation’s board has identified two key priority projects to facilitate and accommodate the anticipated growth.

Collins said pitches were overcrowded and were not available for the full year.

Three million dollars of the $6 million would be for club-specific requirements, while $3 million would be for infrastructure upgrades in the south and north of Tasmania.

“The first is an upgrade of KGV Football Park to make improvements to the artificial pitch, change rooms, referee facilities, public viewing areas and conveniences,” Collins said.

“With over 200 games currently played at the facility each season, including the Lakoseljac Cup Final which, in 2017, drew a crowd of 3,500 spectators and had 19,000 viewers on the live stream, the need for an upgrade to the antiquated facilities is urgent.

“Our second priority is the establishment of an artificial pitch in Launceston. With four senior clubs based out of the northern city, it makes sense to develop a dedicated playing facility that can act as the home of football in northern Tasmania and provide players with access to weatherproof facilities year round.

“The plan is the product of work undertaken over the past 12 months and focuses heavily on improving infrastructure, identified from findings following an extensive State-wide infrastructure audit conducted by the Federation.

“The audit involved consultation with all clubs, associations and key stakeholders from around the state focusing on current and future demands.”

Izzie Ottavi and Chris Tsakiris 28 November 2017 - Copy

Photo:  FFT's Isolina Ottavi and Chris Tsakiris working with youngsters at Mt Carmel today [PlessPix]

In addition to the major infrastructure projects, a series of club-based projects have also been identified.

These would see change rooms, club rooms, and lighting upgraded at a number of community grounds around the State to improve the facilities which currently fall short of the standard that is required.

“With over 20,000 people attending football games in Tasmania each weekend throughout the 2017 season, the need for upgraded facilities is paramount,” Collins said.

“Despite being both the fastest growing and largest participation sport in the country, football has previously been overlooked for funding initiatives [and] as a result the quality of facilities has failed to keep up with the current demand and many clubs do not have regular or sufficient access to grounds, a major constraint to participation.

“This needs to be addressed now to ensure a sustainable growth of football in Tasmania.

“The Federation believes investing in these upgrades would provide a significant boost to both local Tasmanian communities and the economy, and with 1,000 new junior players registering over the past three seasons, it is anticipated the need for these upgrades will only intensify.

“The benefits of participation in grassroots sport for communities are significant and represent a strong return on investment.”

Collins said he didn’t think an upgrade of the lighting at KGV Park was warranted as he felt the lighting was adequate.

He also said that plans for the development of the Cambridge facilities were on the back-burner.

He said FFT were in support of the A-League bid by a Melbourne-based consortium but that Football Federation Australia had yet to release the criteria for expansion bids.

FFT board member Bob Gordon said that a proposal for a rectangular stadium near the Hobart Domain was timely and appropriate and that such a facility would be able to cater for football as well as the two Rugby codes and so would be welcome.

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+7 #40 lol 2017-12-12 22:24
The comment wasn't directly criticising the use of money per se. It was simply questioning the term 'desperate', which I thought was rather ironic considering the amount knights spend on their players in a tier 2 competition.

I am in no way affiliated with either club.

Quoting Moneybags:
#35 lol
What is it with you Tasmanians? Any club that spends money is criticised and any club that recruits player from other clubs is accused of poaching. What a small-minded and parochial view.
Money and good players is what makes the football world go round. Except in Tasmania, it seems.
Look at the successful clubs around the world. The ones that pay the most and acquire the best players are the successful ones.
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+5 #39 Anonymous 2017-12-12 08:06
Quoting Member of the Board:
Moneybags and Director are quite right in their opinions. What could Guardiola do at West Bromwich Albion? Nothing, if he didn't have the money and players.
Brian Clough had huge success with lowly rated teams. But what did he do when he went there? He got rid of poor players and got better ones in. Shankly did the same at Liverpool.
I can hear people say but Tasmanian football isn't the EPL. Quite right, but the principles of running a football club and achieving success are the same at any level.


The money needs to validated in one way or another though, and luckily winning the league on the last day of the season isn’t really moneys worth.
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+5 #38 Member of the Board 2017-12-12 03:09
Moneybags and Director are quite right in their opinions. What could Guardiola do at West Bromwich Albion? Nothing, if he didn't have the money and players.
Brian Clough had huge success with lowly rated teams. But what did he do when he went there? He got rid of poor players and got better ones in. Shankly did the same at Liverpool.
I can hear people say but Tasmanian football isn't the EPL. Quite right, but the principles of running a football club and achieving success are the same at any level.
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+5 #37 Director 2017-12-12 03:06
#36 Moneybags. You are spot on, and Tasmanian clubs must adopt a new mindset if they are to progress.If a club hasn't got money, there's little that can be done other than to work with the players you've got. Unfortunately, that usually means slow, if any, progress and it's akin to primary school football. Work with every player to try and improve that player and make the club more successful. It's a steep slope. Don't criticise other clubs, however, who have more money and acquire better players in order to achieve success.A glance at all the top coaches in the world show that the first thing they do when they arrive at a club is to clear out the dead wood and bring in the best players that their finances can afford.That's the way of the world and the sooner Tasmanian football clubs realise this, the better.
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+5 #36 Moneybags 2017-12-12 02:36
#35 lol
What is it with you Tasmanians? Any club that spends money is criticised and any club that recruits player from other clubs is accused of poaching. What a small-minded and parochial view.
Money and good players is what makes the football world go round. Except in Tasmania, it seems.
Look at the successful clubs around the world. The ones that pay the most and acquire the best players are the successful ones.
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+4 #35 lol 2017-12-12 02:13
Quoting Anonymous:
#27 Obviously the Beach desperate for more Zebra players to try n stop the 2017 and guaranteed 2018 champions Glenorchy Knights .


Desperate? Remind me again how much Knights spent/will spend on players compared to Beachside?
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+8 #34 Anonymous 2017-12-10 23:58
Quoting Anonymous:
#27 Obviously the Beach desperate for more Zebra players to try n stop the 2017 and guaranteed 2018 champions Glenorchy Knights .


Knights luckily won the league with the last game of the season in 2017, so I doubt they will be "guaranteed" champions in 2018.
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+2 #33 Agreed #25 2017-12-07 06:38
Couldn’t agree anymore. You should see the standard in the Northern Championship then. Horrendous. Somerset only real standout but once their older players leave again they are in big trouble.

They need a real plan on how to keep the NPL Tas alive as you’d be lying if you think it’s flourishing at the moment.
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-2 #32 Anonymous 2017-12-07 05:44
Quoting Anon:
Nick has done an excellent job to recruit gabrel. Well done dj!


I bet Kingborough were thinking the same thing last season. How’d that go?
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+4 #31 Anonymous 2017-12-06 07:21
Quoting Anonymous:
Quoting Good move:
Quoting Anon:
Sklenar’s defection to Zebras is a disgrace, the guy has a nerve shopping himself about for $$$, heard he also had visa problems. Nick has open his wallet this time & has become the new GM.

Someone is a bit bitter. If Olympia was so great why would he even consider leaving? Alls not well at plastic park.


Sklenar in and McKeown out?


McKeown off to Olympia or South I hear. Doubt he will get game time at either though.
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