Football NSW is inviting suitable tenderers to operate, under licence, a cafe, kiosk, function space and commercial kitchen at Valentine Sports Park (VSP), Glenwood. The catering opportunity includes the provision of catered meal services for VSP inhouse accommodation patrons.
Football NSW’s Valentine Sports Park has officially been announced as the Training Base Camp for FIFA Women’s world ranked number five nation France, as they prepare for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™.
Les Bleus will call Valentine Sports Park home for a month as coach Corinne Diacre will be busily preparing her troops for their assault on the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™ with France pooled in Group F alongside Jamaica, Brazil and the Playoff Group A winner between Cameroon, Thailand, or Portugal.
Since the beginning of the new millennium, France have become one of the most consistent teams in Europe having qualified for their first-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup™ in 2003 and reaching the quarter-finals in two of the three European Championships held since 2000.
France recorded a fourth-place finish at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup™ and are hoping to go one better with the likes of stars such as captain Wendie Renard, Marie-Antoinette Katoto, Sandy Baltimore and Kadidiatou Diani to name a few-the French team will be one to watch out for in a few months’ time on the world stage.
Football NSW CEO, John Tsatsimas, was delighted that Valentine Sports Park had been chosen as the venue to host one of the world’s best female footballing national teams.
“To be able to host a such talented football nation such as France at Valentine Sports Park is a huge achievement for the organisation and our sport.
“Valentine Sports Park is well and truly ingrained as the home of football in NSW and we are thrilled that our world class football facilities will play host to the French national team as they prepare for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™.
“The multi-purpose facility has been the go-to training venue for travelling national teams and professional clubs in Sydney, in addition to hosting a wide array of development teams, education courses, and gala days for participants of all ages and abilities for many years now.
“We are proud of the inclusive football facilities we have developed at Valentine Sports Park, and with the tournament fast approaching, we are committed to the roll out of Legacy programs to help ensure our members have the capacity and capabilities to meet the needs of our fast-growing female football community.
“Even though we will all be supporting our Matildas, hosting France will mean we will also have a soft spot for the nation, and we cannot wait to welcome them to our home at Glenwood.”
Valentine Sports Park boasts five full-size dedicated football fields aligned to FIFA specifications. In just the last eight months, the venue has hosted the likes of Wellington Phoenix, Perth Glory, and national teams from the USA and Saudi Arabia.
For the first time in FIFA Women’s World Cup history, competing countries will use dedicated Team Base Camps such as Valentine Sports Park for next year’s tournament.
The FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™ will kick off on July 20th, 2023, with tickets for matches currently on sale at www.fifa.com/tickets
Valentine Sports Park will play host to the 2022 League Three Men’s Grand Finals this Saturday.
The first grade clash between the Newcastle Jets v Nepean FC will take place at 6pm while the 20’s match between the Newcastle Jets v UNSW FC will feature at 3pm.
It will be free entry and for those that won’t be able to make the clash can watch the senior final live and exclusive only on NPL.TV
Saturday 3rd September 2022
League Three Men’s
3pm – U20’s: Newcastle Jets v UNSW FC – Valentine Sports Park 2
6pm – 1st Grade: Newcastle Jets v Nepean FC – Valentine Sports Park 2
Valentine Sports Park (VSP) COVID Terms of hire effective 25 February 2022
- Under the Football NSW Safe Workplace (COVID-19) Policy https://footballnsw.com.au/2021/12/10/football-nsw-implements-safe-workplace-covid-19-policy/ anyone aged 16 years and over entering indoor areas of VSP must be fully vaccinated or have an exemption, including staff, people attending meetings, tradespeople, hirers, users of the futsal court and patrons of the gymnasium, café and pool. NOTE: the changerooms below the VSP grandstand and the toilets on the concourse are not considered indoor areas for the purposes of this Policy.
- It is not mandatory under the PHO, but FNSW recommend that anyone aged 16 years and over sign in via the Service NSW QR code located at the point of entry.
- Children under 16 years of age who are not fully vaccinated are permitted to attend indoor areas of VSP, without being accompanied by a fully vaccinated parent or guardian.
- Hirers will be responsible to comply with the Football NSW Safe Workplace (COVID-19) Policy by checking the vaccination status of anyone aged 16 years and over in attendance at indoor events. Entry will not be permitted if evidence of vaccination or an exemption cannot be sighted by the hirer or Venue Staff.
- For indoor venue hire, the hirer must identify and nominate a jacketed official who will be the group’s COVID-19 Safety Marshal for the duration of the hire period, this person must be located at the point of entry to the indoor venue. This person will be responsible for: checking vaccination status, overseeing sign in via Services NSW QR code as required, hand sanitising, maintaining social distancing and mask wearing if applicable. If the hirer is unable to provide a COVID-19 Safety Marshal, VSP can provide Venue Staff at a cost to the hirer.
- For outdoor venue hire, the hirer must identify and nominate a jacketed official who will be the group’s COVID-19 Safety Marshal for the duration of the hire period. This person will be responsible for ensuring that the activities conducted during the hire period are COVID safe.
- Maintain a 1.5m social distance at all times, where social distancing is not possible, mask wearing is recommended.
- Observe COVID-19 information signage and staff advice in relation to seating, movement through the venue, capacity limits if applicable and entry and exit points to ensure physical distancing from others.
- Persons attending the venue must confirm that they are well and are not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/stay-safe/testing/symptoms, that during the past 14 days have not returned from overseas or had close contact with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19, have not complied with a current NSW Health or employer direction to self-isolate, have not complied with a current PHO.
- Fields and facilities must be booked prior to use.
- Hirers will need to consider bump in and bump out time when booking a hire session.
- All Fields and facilities are available for hire.
- The hirer will be required to contact VSP Operations on 0458 091 700 on arrival to be given access to fields and facilities.
- Venue Staff on duty will be the nominated COVID-19 Safety Officer for the venue.
- The Hirer will be required to leave the field no later than the allocated booking time.
- Shower and changeroom facilities are available for hire, a cleaning fee may apply. VSP will provide gloves, paper towel and Virasan to wipe down surfaces and it is recommended to wipe surfaces before and after use.
- The toilets located on the concourse level and car park are available for anyone over 16 years of age who is not vaccinated, all other toilets onsite can only be accessed by anyone who is vaccinated.
- No players are to access the tunnel or change rooms unless hired.
- Only authorised coaches and club officials will have access to the storage areas behind the change rooms. This access will be monitored by VSP Venue staff.
- In accordance with the Portable Goal Handling Procedure only authorised hirers will have access to portable goals. VSP will provide gloves, paper towel and Virasan for the hirer to wipe down, before and after use, portable goals and sports equipment.
- Practice safe hygiene, including washing hands regularly with soap and water and using hand sanitiser upon entry and exit.
- VSP Venue staff have the authority to request people to leave the site if non-compliant with the COVID Terms of Hire and Conditions of Entry https://valentinesportspark.com.au/conditions-of-entry/
- Adhere to the NSW Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order 2020 and related amendment orders https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/public-health-orders.aspx
As New South Wales continues to navigate through the evolving nature of COVID-19, Football NSW has endeavoured to take the necessary steps to stabilise the game and make the required adjustments to ensure football remains in a strong position to recover.
With the continued easing of NSW Government restrictions, the Football NSW Board has approved a Safe Workplace (COVID-19) Policy for Valentine Sports Park (VSP) (Policy) in an effort to promote the resumption of football and reconnection of our communities, comply with work health and safety obligations, and to ensure a safe environment for all involved in the game.
The key aspects of the Policy are summarised below.
Effective immediately and notwithstanding any changes that may shortly be made to Public Health Orders, Football NSW requires the following persons be fully vaccinated, unless they have been granted an exemption by Football NSW in accordance with the Policy (including for medical reasons), and to use a QR code when entering the premises for contact tracing purposes:
· all Football NSW staff, including all office staff, casuals and Football NSW coaching staff, who are working for Football NSW other than at their place of residence; and
· all visitors over the age of 16 attending the indoor areas of VSP – including people attending meetings, tradespeople, hirers, users of the futsal court and patrons of the gymnasium, café and pool. NOTE: the changerooms below the VSP grandstand and the toilets on the concourse are not considered indoor areas for the purposes of the Policy.
Unless acceptable evidence of vaccination is shown to Football NSW, admission to these areas will be refused.
In line with community standards, Football NSW will continue to align its position with regards to outdoor activities with that of the NSW Government. To that end, the following groups are encouraged but not required to be fully vaccinated:
· players, coaches, match officials and spectators in competitions directly controlled by Football NSW (for example, the NPL and Football NSW Leagues); and
· visitors to VSP, who are in attendance only to participate in, or spectate at, an outdoor event (for example, football matches and training sessions).
For the time being, these groups will continue to be asked to use a QR code when entering VSP for contact tracing purposes.
It is not the purpose of the Policy to dictate what steps Associations and Clubs participating in the NPL or in the Football NSW Leagues should take and these entities should determine what is most appropriate for their particular circumstances. They must, however, ensure compliance is maintained with prevailing Public Health Orders and with any directions issued by Local Council over the use of fields (where relevant).
For those Football NSW stakeholders to whom the Policy does not apply, Football NSW recommends the implementation of similar risk management strategies to those employed during the 2020 and 2021 seasons, including:
· asking participants to self-isolate if they feel unwell;
· not allowing a participant who tests positive for COVID-19 to return to football until receiving permission to do so from the health authorities;
· non-sharing of drink bottles;
· encouraging the dispersal of spectators;
· staggering the arrival and departure times of teams at grounds;
· promoting and providing hand-washing guidance;
· encouraging the provision of regularly refilled sanitisers within venues; and
· regular cleaning of change rooms.
Given the ever-changing nature of COVID-19, Football NSW will regularly review the Policy and reserves the right to amend it as and when required.
Due to the latest COVID update from the NSW Government, the following will be in place at VSP from 23 June 2021 for one week unless advised otherwise, https://www.nsw.gov.au/media-releases/new-covid-19-restrictions-for-greater-sydney-23-june-2021
- No changerooms will be available for training or matches, come ready to train or play
- Masks are mandatory indoors and while attending outdoor events (except for players participating in games/training or warming up and those under the age of 12)
- 4 square meter rule indoors and outdoors, maintain social distancing at all times
- The hirer will be required to provide COVID Safe Marshals for all bookings to ensure their guests are QR coding, hand sanitising and wearing a mask upon entry
Please note that all hirers of the venue must adhere to the latest version of the VSP Return to Play Guidelines (If the Public Health Order is amended, these changes will be communicated as we receive new advice)
All visitors must:
- Confirm that they are well and must not have experienced cold or flu symptoms in the last 14 days, not have returned from overseas or any known case location as listed on the NSW Health website https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/latest-news-and-updates in the last 14 days.
- Upon entry to the venue, scan the Services NSW QR Code using a mobile phone camera, register contact details and follow the prompts. These details will be used in accordance with the COVID Safe Check-in – Privacy Collection Statement https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/covid-safe-check-privacy-collection-statement
- Observe COVID-19 information signage and staff advice in relation to seating, movement through the venue, capacity limits and entry and exit points to ensure physical distancing from others.
- Maintain a 1.5m distance from others at all times in accordance with public health orders.
- Practice safe hygiene, including washing their hands regularly with soap and water and using hand sanitiser upon entry and exit.’
- Spectators should be restricted to essential people only.
- Wear masks while indoors and while attending outdoor events (except for players participating in games/training or warming up and those under the age of 12). For the avoidance of doubt, coaches, managers, substitutes and spectators must all wear masks. More information is available here – https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules/greater-sydney#face-masks
Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
Football NSW are pleased to announce HG Turf Group as their Official Supplier of Hybrid Grass.
Football NSW is the governing body for Football and Futsal in New South Wales. Football NSW’s goal is to grow, develop, promote and service Football for the 345,000 participants in NSW.
HG Turf Group are the market leader in Hybrid Grass solutions. Since 1999 their Hybrid Grass solutions have improved the quality of sport fields across Australia and New Zealand. Some of their most significant installations include ANZ Stadium, AAMI Park, Bankwest Stadium, Eden Park, Gabba, MCG, Optus Stadium and Sky Stadium. International sporting events have also used HGTG’s Hybrid Grass, including the Olympic Games 2000, AFC Asian Cup 2015, Commonwealth Games 2006 and 2018 and Rugby World Cups 2003, 2011 and 2019.
Football NSW and HG Turf Group have a strong relationship. In 2014 HG Turf Group built the two FIFA certified synthetic turf pitches at Valentine Sports Park (VSP). Since their opening, these synthetic turf pitches are heavily utilised and have increased the capacity of usage of the facility – a great investment.
To improve the durability and performance of the natural grass pitches at VSP, HG Turf Group approached Football NSW with a Hybrid Grass solution – SISGrass®.
SISGrass uses needles to push artificial grass fibres into natural grass. The resulting mix of 95% natural grass and 5% artificial grass improves the stability and durability of the natural grass, providing up to 3x more playing hours. It also improves the playability of the natural grass, with optimum ball roll and ball bounce, and ideal footing when turning and sliding.
To demonstrate the effectiveness of SISGrass®, HG Turf Group installed the turf solution at VSP through the centre corridor of Field One and in both goal mouths of Field Four.
Football NSW CEO Stuart Hodge welcomed the partnership with HG Turf Group.
“The SISGrass® hybrid solution synergises with the NSW Football Infrastructure Strategy and the key pillar, ‘improve existing venue capacity’. Maximising the carrying capacity and activation of existing Football pitches and venues is a key objective.
“With the installation at Valentine Sports Park, Football NSW Associations and Clubs, as well as local Councils, can inspect our venue to see the SISGrass® technology and its benefits first hand. We look forward to working with HG Turf Group to introduce their products to the wider football community.”
HG Turf Group Owner and Director Hamish Sutherland thanked Football NSW for the opportunity.
“We are very fortunate to be partnering with Football NSW again. Football NSW advances football in so many ways, and the installation of SISGrass® at Valentine Sports Park has created a new standard for natural grass pitches.
“By protecting the natural grass, SISGrass® delivers increased usage, durability, consistency, and better play, all year-round. Associations and Clubs can also enjoy the benefits of SISGrass®.”
Football NSW’s Manager – Government Relations, Funding & Infrastructure Daniel Ristic shown with Business Development Manager – Community Facilities for HG Turf’s Patrick Young.
The purpose of this updated document and the COVID-19 Safety Plan – Appendix 1 (Plan) is to provide an overarching plan for the implementation and management of procedures by Valentine Sports Park (VSP) to support staff and participants.
The arrangements set out in this Plan are intended to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 among participants, officials, administrators/volunteers, visitors, families and the broader community. The Plan provides the framework to govern the general operation of VSP, the playing/training behaviour of all participants and the monitoring and reporting of the health of attendees at the venue.
This Plan includes, but is not limited to, the conduct of:
1. Training activities conducted at VSP
2. Competition activities conducted at VSP
3. Facility management and supporting operations (facility operations).
At all times the Plan is subject to all regulations, guidelines and directions of government and public health authorities.
COVID-19 is mostly likely spread through direct close contact with a person while they are infectious (usually face to face contact for at least 15 minutes; or being in the same closed space for at least 2 hours). Given that football is played outdoors, the risk of infection through playing sport is minimal, and now with the rate of infection greatly reduced, it is time to cautiously reintroduce football related activity in a staged approach.
Organisations must follow the current COVID-19 Public Health Orders and manage risks to staff and other people in accordance with Work Health and Safety laws.
As a condition of entry, we are required to have you provide your contact details to facilitate contact tracing.
• Upon arrival at Valentine Sports Park, please scan the QR Code to access the online Register of Attendance form
• Please complete the online Register of Attendance form
• Only one submission per day is required for you and your accompanying family or household
Let’s stay vigilant and safe.
The impact of COVID-19 has resulted in the suspension of all football activities since early March. Since this time, the priority of Football NSW has been to safeguard the health and wellbeing of the community and to undertake its social responsibility to do everything it can to slow down the spread of COVID-19.
COVID-19 is most likely spread through direct close contact with a person while they are infectious (usually face-to-face contact for at least 15 minutes; or being in the same closed space for at least 2 hours). Given that football is played outdoors, the risk of infection through playing sport is minimal, and now with the rate of infection greatly reduced, it is time to cautiously reintroduce football related activity in a staged approach.
The conditions set out in the VSP Return to Training Guidelines Level B are in line with government directions as at 21 May 2020. This document and its conditions will be amended in accordance with any future government directives.
These Guidelines provide for the limited return of football training at Valentine Sports Park (VSP). Training for groups greater than 20 people and playing matches is still not permitted under public health order and is not sanctioned by Football NSW.
To further aid in the fight against COVID-19, Football NSW supports the Australian Government’s COVIDSafe app and strongly encourages all members of the football community to get behind this initiative. The app can be downloaded from the Apple App store and Google Play.
VSP does not supply portable goal posts as part of venue hire, except for Futsal goals. VSP has pop up portable goals available for hire, all other goals located at the Venue belong to other Venue Hirers, however permission can be obtained from the relevant Organisations to hire portable goal posts.
Portable goal posts available at VSP:
• Football NSW Institute Program – 2 x full size portable goals
• FFA Future Matildas Program – 1 x full size portable goal
• FFA Pararoos – 2 x ¾ goals
• VSP – 8 x 3m x 2m Alpha pop up portable goal
• VSP – 6 x futsal goals
If you would like to hire portable goals please obtain written permission from the relevant organisations, VSP will not give access to portable goals without written permission.