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Football Australia Extends and Expands Agreement with Stats Perform

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Stats Perform has announced a new three-year agreement with Football Australia, which will see the company continue to support Football Australia’s national men’s, women’s and youth teams through the supply of detailed performance data and analysis software.

Stats Perform has provided pro services to Football Australia for the past eight years and this new agreement will see Opta data collected for matches involving all the federations men’s and women’s national teams down to under 17 level. This will enable Football Australia’s technical staff to build a single, consistent database of event data for monitoring Australian players and to support their long-term international pathway management.

Football Australia will also have access to Stats Perform’s ProVision tool to monitor the weekly performance of all Australian players for their domestic clubs, as well as support their detailed analysis of each international team’s upcoming opposition.

After extending their service agreement with Stats Perform through to the summer of 2024, Doug Kors, Football Australia’s Head of Performance Analysis, said: “We are very pleased to be continuing our long-standing relationship with Stats Perform. The database of Opta data, collected across all of our matches, is integral to the ongoing analysis of each of our international age groups, as we prepare for qualification campaigns and major competitions involving our men’s and women’s senior and youth teams.”

In addition to Opta data, the agreement will also see Stats Perform collect optical tracking data, on request, from international matches featuring any Australian team, using the SportVU system. The collection of tracking data will enable Football Australia to consume SportVU’s most advanced optical files and link them directly to their own tracking KPIs and video, enabling the coaching staff to work on various tactical scenarios and player decision-making on the training field, working off the positional data captured.

Steven Cliffe, Stats Perform Senior Vice President of Sales, APAC added: “We very happy to have expanded our existing agreement to provide the coaches working with the Socceroos, Matildas and all the Australian youth teams with additional tracking data from matches, to further enhance their post-match analysis processes. This commitment further reinforces Stats Perform’s position as the leading provider of team performance services to national federations in the APAC region, and we are looking forward to supporting Football Australia as they manage their player pathways and prepare for international fixtures.”

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GRNSW Appoints Robert Macaulay as its New CEO

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Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) Chairman John Williams has announced the appointment of Robert Macaulay as the organisation’s new Chief Executive Officer.

“I am delighted to announce the Board’s appointment of Rob Macaulay as our new CEO,” Mr Williams said.

“Rob is very experienced within GRNSW and is a strong advocate for the sport and its participants.

“He has served GRNSW as Company Secretary for several years and has also acted as GRNSW’s legal advisor, so he knows the tasks in front of us – and the opportunities for continuing commercial growth of the wider industry to deliver increasing returns to the participants.

“Rob has demonstrated his leadership of GRNSW’s highest priority, the welfare of our animals, and is a strong advocate for regional and rural NSW where 75% of our participants reside.

“Rob has worked alongside and assisted the previous CEO (Tony Mestrov) for several years and that has given him great knowledge of the organisation and the industry. He knows the job and we feel it will be a smooth and successful transition.”

Mr Macaulay has been Legal Counsel for GRNSW for the past 3½ years and was acting as interim CEO since Tony Mestrov announced his resignation to take on the role of CEO at NRL club Manly Warringah.

Mr Macaulay said: “It is a great honour to be appointed to the role of CEO and continue the great work of the management team at GRNSW.

“I look forward to travelling across regional NSW and meeting with participants and supporters of a great family-orientated sport.

“I am especially pleased to have been a part of the journey that has so far delivered transformation on re-homing and welfare initiatives while at the same time supporting the livelihoods of thousands of participants who enjoy this sport in NSW through prizemoney and enjoyment.”

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Blackstone Appoints Ian Silk as Chairman of Crown Melbourne

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Blackstone, the new owners of Australia’s troubled Crown Resorts has appointed Ian Silk, former boss of Australia’s largest super fund AustralianSuper, as Chairman of Crown Melbourne.

Mr. Silk, who led AustralianSuper for 15 years, will be joined on the Crown Melbourne board by Helen Silver and who was previously Managing Director of consulting firm Hay Group.

Crown stated: “Mr Silk is widely recognised as one of Australia’s most experienced business leaders, with deep expertise in governance, investment and risk management.”

His appointment follows on from John Borghetti’s appointment as Chairman of Crown Sydney and John Van Der Wielen as Chairman of Crown Perth.

Ciarán Carruthers, current Chief Operating Officer of Wynn Macau Resort, will become Crown Resorts CEO in October.

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Innovative Pilot Tackling Gambling Harm in Ballarat

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The Andrews Labor Government is ensuring Ballarat locals experiencing the devastating impacts of gambling harm can get tailored treatment and support services with an innovative new programme being piloted in the region.

Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation Melissa Horne, Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle and Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison launched the pilot, which equips allied health professions with a new way of screening patients to determine the best treatments to get them back on track.

It will increase access to, and training for, practitioners who operate within the mental health, alcohol and other drugs sectors and are treating people vulnerable to gambling harm.

Following feedback from Gambler’s Help service funded through the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation, the programme has been developed to improve pathways for people seeking treatment for co-existing conditions, such as a mental health issue in addition to gambling harm.

It starts with a simple question by a health practitioner to their client about whether they gamble and progresses through the appropriate pathway for each person from there.

The pilot programme will increase awareness of gambling harm among healthcare professions and remove barriers faced by people seeking help – such as stigma.

The trial uses the latest evidence to improve outcomes for the Ballarat community, with the lessons to inform future programmes across the state.

The training will be led by clinical consultant Dr Jane Oakes and the Foundation’s Principal Clinical Advisor, Tony Clarkson and provided to practitioners at Ballarat Community Health, Child and Family Services and the Salvation Army Health Services.

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