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UNSW FC & Emergency Trade Services

By | News, Women's Premier League

Emergency Trade ServicesReflecting On The Women’s World Cup And Continued Challenges Facing Womens Sport

World Number 1. It’s a phrase that over the last few days has been loudly proclaimed for the likes of Ash Barty and Sally Fitsgibbon. Both recently claimed Number 1 rankings for their respective sports tennis and surfing. It’s a great moment for Australian women in sport, but it highlights that while women are starting to get the media spotlight, equality of pay at various levels is far from matching that spotlight.

Back on the football field, the Matildas and the PFA have brought gender pay equality to the fore and have challenged the status quo trying to gain equal support of prize money for this year’s World Cup. “Teams at the 2019 Women’s World Cup will be fighting for just 7.5 per cent of the purse handed out at the 2018 men’s World Cup in Russia.” (ABC NEWS)

So if our highest ranked womens football team, and world number 1 female athletes can’t get equal pay – what goes on at grassroots level? For many clubs it’s a case of priorities, and like the mainstream the money goes to who gets more attention and this is more often than not, the male teams of the clubs. But what we’re missing is laying the foundation to develop and nurture female talent to go on and become the next Ash Barty, Sally Fitzgibbon or more relevantly Sam Kerr.

It was a chance conversation between one of UNSW FC’s executive and Darren Siemsen Director of Emergency Trade Services (ETS) discussing some of the issues facing women’s sport and football in particular that has led to a new key partnership between ETS and UNSW FC. It was revealed to Darren that it was not uncommon for mens competing in the state and national competitions of football were receiving 2 or 3 times as much as female players in their respective competitions.

Upon being told that UNSW FC were aiming to support its players equally, Darren was happy to jump at the chance to partner with UNSW FC and promote equality between UNSW FC’s top mens and womens footballers. Darren Siemsen says “The inequality at this level is astounding, and we felt very strongly that we could help change that.”

For UNSW FC it is the first time that they have been able to provide much needed support to its top footballers and they are proud to be partnered with a brand so strongly believing in gender equality in sport. President Robin Chan says “The support ETS provides will make sure we are able to continue to achieve the goal of developing and nurturing female talent to play football at the highest level as well as pursuing academic excellence. Being a UNSW sporting club, we also aim to develop the strong female leaders of the future on and off the field.”

It is that vision that Darren and ETS really latched on to and it’s an exciting time for both parties as they continue working to building an equal future for football at the grassroots level.

Siva Shankar Kanagasabai

Vale Siva Shankar Kanagasabai

By | News

Football at UNSW is a reflection of life. It may not always seem memorable when you are wondering where the midfield went, why you lost with the last kick of the match or who forgot to tell you the game had been rescheduled from Sunday to Saturday.

It’s not until later, often much later, that you recognize you spent some of the best years of your life with some of the best people you might ever meet. And so it was with Siva Shankar Kanagasabai … ‘Shanks’ to his mates.

Shanks arrived in Australia from Malaysia following his secondary education to enroll in Architecture at UNSW. Of Indian descent, he was tall, lithe, dark skinned and appeared quite athletic. An illusion that was not always evident during his subsequent playing days. He joined the club in 1983, and began what was to become a memorable tenure with the mighty Wales. Beginning in third grade (U20s) he progressed through seconds and eventually firsts where he was an imposing sight in the middle of defence. From an inconspicuous start, he became a significant contributor as he matured. Like all good defenders, he had a natural contempt for strikers, particularly fleet footed ones, seeing his duty to disrupt their game plan and, if necessary, their permanent mobility. He didn’t much like goalkeepers either – particularly his own – believing they were way too precious for the effort they contributed. And too noisy.

But, he was everybody’s friend. He may have been teased from his arrival … this quiet lad from Malaysia … but soon learnt to give as good as he got, and we all received our payback, with interest, as time went by. Shanks went on to hold just about every position on the executive, including President.  He played for Australian Universities and was deservedly awarded a Blue.  Despite all those contributions and accolades, no one would question his greatest contribution was as a person.  He was an incredibly well liked member of the club and across the footballing fraternity.  Everybody knew Shanks, if only because they wore his stud marks.

After 10 years enrolled in his 5 year undergraduate course, Shanks had to return to Malaysia in the midst of the recession we had to have. His efforts in extending the course duration for so long, without being expelled, are still discussed in reverential tones in his old faculty. He did this, of course, so he could continue to play and manage for the club including at various Intervarsity and University Games.

He returned to Malaysia for a couple of years but spent most of his life in the UAE meeting and marrying his wife Lynn, together having 3 wonderful children in Seetha Isabelle, Shivenrda Ryan and Sriya Alyssa. Although a qualified architect, he specialised in construction, delivering a number of major hi-rise and infrastructure projects across the Middle East, India and Malaysia. His last project, as Deputy Project Director, was the $A4b Abu Dhabi Midfield Airport expansion. Check it out on the web … it is insane.

Sadly, Shanks passed away in December at the age of 54 after an extended, but typically dogmatic, fight with cancer. It didn’t get past him without a few stud marks. He remained close to many of his contemporaries and stayed in regular contact over the years. Although he would discuss his family, current projects and lifestyle, the subject inevitably drifted back to football and the great times we all shared at the club.

He may never have played football again after leaving UNSW, but few strikers or goalkeepers complained. The rest of us though, are left to mourn the premature passing of an iconic character, a custodian of the club and a great mate.

The thing is with Shanks, you did know you were having the time of your life. So did he … and he was.

 

Siva Shankar Kanagasabai

Shanka with hands all over opponents who may already have gone past him but were still to escape his clutches (c1988)

 

Siva Shankar Kanagasabai

Shanka, Lynn and family, welcoming in the New Year 2014 atop of one of his high rise contributions to the Dubai skyline

UNSW FC

2019 EGM Notice

By | Club, News

An Extraordinary General Meeting will be held from 7pm at The Juniors, 558A Anzac Parade, Kingsford NSW 2032, on February 4, 2019. All members are encouraged to attend.

The agenda for the EGM will be as follows:

  1. Amendments to the constitution.

Members who are unable to attend the specified date and time above may send proxy votes/nominations to the Club Secretary (secretary@unswfc.com.au). A form will be provided via email.

UNSW FC

2018 AGM -Venue change

By | Club, News

UNSW FC 2018 AGM – Venue Change

Dear Members,

Please note that the 2018 AGM will now be held at the Glass House at The Juniors Kingsford. This room is upstairs next to the bistro. The date and time are the same: Wednesday the 12th of September at 6:20pm.

Please come and have a say on how you want to see your club run into the future.

A reminder that all committee roles will be declared vacant at the AGM. A list of available positions with short position descriptions can be found here: https://bit.ly/2PmGBY2

Full role descriptions will be sent to anyone who expresses interest. If you would like to nominate for a role please email secretary@unswfc.com.au. Thank you to those who have already sent through their nominations.

The updated agenda for the AGM will be as follows:

  1. Attendance and Proxies (Secretary, Jules Smith-Ferguson)
  2. Welcome, introduction to the meeting and apologies for absence (President, Robin Chan)
  3. President’s Report (President, Robin Chan)
  4. Treasurer’s Report (Treasurer, Andrea Olrich)
  5. Special resolution to modify Clause 15 of the constitution
  6. Opportunity for questions and discussion
  7. Election of 2018-19 Executive Committee
  8. Election of 2018-19 Committee

Members who are unable to attend the specified date and time above may send proxy votes/nominations to secretary@unswfc.com.au. A proxy voting form can be found here: https://bit.ly/2PV5HP9

If you have any questions do not hesitate to reach out to myself, other members of the Executive or your current representatives for more information.

Kind regards,
Jules Smith-Ferguson
UNSW FC Secretary

UNSW FC

2018 AGM Notice

By | Club, News

 2018 Notice of Annual General Meeting (AGM)    

The finals series is in sight and another year of UNSW Football Club history has passed, meaning it is time to renew our Club representation.

Please come and have your say on how you think the Football Club should be run. We want to make it as easy as possible to get involved in any capacity and have a smooth transition into our next year of football.

All committee roles will be declared vacant at this meeting in accordance with our Constitution, which can be found on our website. If you would like to nominate for a role please email secretary@unswfc.com.au with the role you wish to nominate.

The meeting will be held at the David Phillips Sporting Fields, Daceyville on Wednesday 12th September 2018 commencing at 6:20pm.

The agenda for the AGM will be as follows:

  1. Attendance and Proxies (Secretary, Jules Smith-Ferguson)

  2. Welcome, introduction to the meeting and apologies for absence (President, Robin Chan)

  3. President’s Report (President, Robin Chan)

  4. Treasurer’s Report (Treasurer, Andrea Olrich)

  5. Opportunity for questions and discussion

  6. Election of 2018-19 Executive Committee

  7. Election of 2018-19 Committee

Members who are unable to attend the specified date and time above may send proxy votes/nominations to the Club Secretary (secretary@unswfc.com.au). A form will be provided via email and on our website prior to the meeting.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to reach out to myself, other members of the Executive or your current representatives for more information.

Kind regards,

Jules Smith-Ferguson

UNSW FC Secretary

NPL2 and MSL coaching positions open for 2018

By | Men's State League, News, Women's Premier League

UNSW FC is seeking expressions of interest from coaches to lead our Men’s State League, newly promoted Women’s Premier League 2 teams and FNSW Girl’s Skills Acquisition Program 2017/2018.

Our Vision

Our aim is to become a centre of excellence for football in the area and promote the growth and development of Football at all levels.

Our approach focuses on thought and application in training, in game, on and off the field.

Ensuring all players at UNSW FC learn to be great players on and off the field.

COACHING CRITERIA/STANDARDS

Qualifications

  • Minimum C Licence Youth [if you do not have a C-Licence at present, you may be considered and we will assist you in attaining this qualification]

Coaching / playing experience

  • Outline of playing and/or coaching experience
  • Reference(s) from previous coaching engagements
  • Profile of coaching history
  • Knowledge of FFA national curriculum content

Please tell us:

  • Personal vision, philosophy about football (inc. National Curriculum) consistent with the aims of our program
  • Compatibility with developmental goals
  • Interest in developing players, understanding that they are the key actors

Our ideal candidate:

  • Positive approach to all players (junior/senior)
  • Self-control (calm, stable, composed)
  • Capacity to improve (self-others)
  • Open-minded (listens to others)
  • Honest and fair with everybody
  • Able to add impact and value to our community
  • A passion for football and coaching

Pre-season training begins early October, so interested coaches are encouraged to send through an expression of interest to president@unswfc.com.au detailing their coaching history, qualifications and interest in either Men’s or Women’s program at UNSW FC.

Applicants must also provide a Working With Children number to be eligible for consideration – see this Football NSW Guide.

UNSW FC has a long and proud history of football development with many players going on to compete at the highest levels of the game.

Notice of Annual General Meeting 2017

By | Club, News

Finals series is in sight and another year of UNSW Football Club history has passed, meaning it is time to renew our Club representation.

This year, we are holding our AGM early to maximise the handover time with a new committee. We want to make it as easy as possible to get involved in any capacity and have a smooth transition.

All committee roles will be declared vacant at this meeting in accordance with our Constitution. To read a short summary of each role, head to the expression of interest form (https://goo.gl/forms/COHRJi32zr3Id4qD3)

The meeting will be held at the David Phillips Sporting Fields, Daceyville on Wednesday 30th August 2017 commencing at 6:20pm.

The agenda for the AGM will be as follows:

  1. Attendance and Proxies (Secretary, Andrea Olrich)
  2. Welcome, introduction to the meeting and apologies for absence (President, Robin Chan)
  3. President’s Report (President, Robin Chan)
  4. Treasurer’s Report (Acting Treasurer, Andrea Olrich)
  5. Opportunity for questions and discussion
  6. Election of 2017-18 Executive Committee
  7. Election of 2017-18 Committee
Members who are unable to attend the specified date and time above may send proxy votes/nominations to the Club Secretary (secretary@unswfc.com.au). A form will be provided via email and on our website prior to the meeting.If you have any questions do not hesitate to reach out to the Executive or your current representatives for more information.

Kind regards,
Andrea Olrich
UNSW FC Secretary