Growth – A Key Measurement on and off the Field

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) as part of its Strategic Plan 2011-2015, has been reviewing requirements related to the registration of individual participants. TFA has particular strategic objectives to: 1. Substantially increase participation 2. Provide quality experiences 3. Substantially raise the profile of the game 4. Provide Best Practice administration at all levels As a result of new changes in technology and societal pressure, TFA has been in the process of transitioning to a national online registration system. 2014 has seen TFA continue its strategic partnership with FOX SPORTS PULSE, with continued development and the release of the Touch Football Online (TFO) system for Affiliated Associations (Competition), Clubs, Members and Participants. TFA CEO, Colm Maguire, said that TFA set a target in 2012 to have all affiliates transition from paper registration processes to the new online system (TFO), by Season 1 2015 (1st January, 2015) and is pleased with the results so far. “As mentioned at the recent AGM it is incredible what can be achieved when the organisation unifies behind collective goals. The improvement of our organisational data is one such example with incredible growth achieved over the 2014 year. To look at the statistical growth either as an individual, location or system utilisation it is clear we have had success on all fronts.” TFO helps affiliates maintain their organisation’s competitions and payment/financial details, but also capture and track member data. In 2012 the TFA Database was almost non-existent with individual associations capturing basic competition and participant data and limited use towards any clear strategic objectives and communication strategies. The continual hard work and efforts of affiliates and personnel to improve this and the strategies associated with the benefits of data has seen Touch Football Online grow from 56 databases to 260, with best practice data capture methods being utilised by 235 of those active online databases. An increase in data captured shows an increase from 82,360 in 2011-2012 to 118,000 participants reported in Season 2, 2014 alone thus far and the TFA Newsletter audience growing from 50,000 to 132,000 in the last year. “To have approximately 69 percent transition to our new TFO System is again a positive outcome but we must continue to work toward the magical 100 percent. When we have a clear view on the participants we have our ability to change the game in terms of fees or value is one step closer,” Maguire said. The above figures are just some of the key metrics that the sport has been able to achieve. These efforts have helped the sport achieve those key strategic objectives of recognising 500,000 registered and contactable participants, establishing a better value proposition and satisfaction level that has resulted in continued participation of the sport from the park to elite, as well as creating a Touch Football brand that is easily identifiable. However there is still room for improvement. “The collective work of the team at large will assist the organisation to act differently in the future including evidence based decision making around our participants, commercial decisions made by potential partners and indeed the opportunity to add value directly to the member. All sports are now focussed on the importance of data & it is something we clearly identified as a key metric of our Strategic Plan through to 2015.” The recent partnerships with the NRL and Harvey Norman is just one of the goals the organisation has achieved from the recognised efforts and increased data growth described above and will provide added reward and continued benefits to affiliates, their members and participants in the New Year. “In 2015 and as we look toward 2020 we will now be able to commence the implementation of initiatives that add value to our customers – the participants of this great sport.”  Stay tuned to www.touchfootball.com.au for some exciting initiatives such as the; X-Blades Promotions, Harvey Norman Affiliate Packs, Sports Protect Risk Management App and SportsPass Touch Football Member Rewards Cards in 2015!Related Filesnews_story__growth_-_a_key_measurement_on_and_off_the_field-pdfaffiliate_benefits__members_and_participants-pdfRelated LinksGrowth a key measurementlast_img read more

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10 months agoAC Milan coach Gattuso denies any Ibrahimovic disappointment

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan coach Gattuso denies any Ibrahimovic disappointmentby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan coach Rino Gattuso has shrugged off missing out on Zlatan Ibrahimovic.The Swede has just signed a new deal with Galaxy.Gattuso said, “I never spoke to Zlatan. When important people like our directors are here I respect them and everyone does their own job.“I knew there was a chance, and I also knew from day one that it was difficult.“There’s no disappointment, if someone arrives I’m happy but I’m not going to tear my hair out about those who don’t.“The management knows who I like and who can be useful, and since July I’ve never spoken to a player outside our group.” last_img read more

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Video: Wisconsin’s Josh Gasser, Nigel Hayes Show Off Their Awesome Handshake In The Locker Room

first_imgJosh Gasser, Nigel Hayes perform their amazing handshake.Wisconsin’s pre-game locker room appears to be a loose one as the Badgers prepare for their Sweet 16 contest against North Carolina in Los Angeles. Prior to their West Region semifinal contest against the Tar Heels, Wisconsin sophomore forward Nigel Hayes and senior guard Josh Gasser showed off their awesome handshake in the Staples Center locker room. Check it out:  Wisconsin and North Carolina are set to tip off at 7:47 p.m. E.T. The game will be televised on TBS.last_img

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Plane crash probe has begun in Paris Ethiopian Airlines

first_imgAddis Ababa: An investigation has begun in Paris into the cause of the crash of a Boeing jet which left 157 dead, Ethiopian Airlines said Friday. “The Ethiopian delegation led by the chief investigator of (the) Accident Investigation Bureau has arrived in the French Safety Investigation (BEA) facilities and the investigation process has started in Paris,” the airline wrote on Twitter. The two black boxes from the plane that went down Sunday were brought to Paris on Thursday.last_img read more

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We wanted to win this title badly Chhetri

first_imgMumbai: An elated Bengaluru FC skipper Sunil Chhetri termed his team’s maiden Indian Super League victory against FC Goa as a “sweet one” especially after his side had faltered in the summit clash last season against Chennaiyin FC. Courtesy Rahul Bheke’s championship-winning header in the second extra time, Bengaluru defeated FC Goa 1-0 in an edge of a seat thriller last night here to win their maiden ISL title. Bengaluru had last year lost last year’s final to Chennaiyin FC Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open “Last year after the final, I said next year we’ll come back. Right from the ball boy to Carles (Cuadrat the coach), everyone wanted this. We wanted to win it (the title) badly. When you lose the way we did last year, it’s sweet to win this one. Asia, we are back,” Chhetri said at the post match media conference late Sunday night. Now by winning the ISL, Bengaluru FC will play in the AFC Asian Cup next year. Chhetri also said it was “commendable” that a player like Ferran Corominas, who bagged the Golden Boot award, did not get any chance against his team on all the three occasions when the two teams clashed. Also Read – Fast bowler Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgery “The message from the coach was that we should try to attack but as soon as we lose the ball, we should fall back and defend and have numbers (at the back). For players like me, Miku and Udanta (Singh), it was not easy because we are attacking minded people,” Chhetri said. “I am happy we did it because Nishu (Kumar) and (Harmanjot) Khabra got that security when Udanta and I traced back. It is commendable that a player like Coro (Corominas) did not get open chances against us in three games,” he said. “Last year, we conceded off set pieces and we were dominant until those two goal, so we were sure on not letting it happen today,” he added. Asked where he would rate this win, Chhetri quipped, Top-two. Number 2.” The winning coach Carles Cuadrat said that the team was trying not to take the game to the penalties as then it can be anybody’s game. “We were trying not to get into tie-breaker as it then becomes a lottery a lot of times. We are happy that one ball in the box gave us the victory. This is the seventh goal done by a set-piece and it shows how important set pieces are in the game, Cuadrat said. Meanwhile, FC Goa coach Sergio Lobera termed Ahmed Jahouh being sent off the field after earning a red card as the key moment of the match. “The key moment was when were reduced to 10-men in the first half of extra time. It was a very tight game was going to be a matter of small details and the sending off was a big handicap for us,” Lobera said. Despite the loss, the FC Goa head coach said he was proud of his players . “Till today, we were focused today only on this game (the final). From tomorrow onwards, we will start working towards the (upcoming) Super Cup. I said to my players in the dressing room that I am proud of them and (what) they have done in the season. “I am thankful to the players and they have been very professional. It is sad that we cannot take the trophy to Goa,” he noted. Meanwhile, Lobera’s name has been ‘linked to’ the vacant India coach job and specifically asked about it, the Spaniard said, “(It is) always nice to be linked to national team of a great country like India, but I have one more year contract with FC Goa.”last_img read more

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Dont fall prey to allurements of BJP Congress Mayawati

first_imgRampur (UP): BSP president Mayawati Saturday accused the BJP and Congress of “offering allurements” at election time and asked people not to fall prey to them.Addressing a joint SP-BSP rally in favour of Samajwadi Party candidate Azam Khan here , she said “Don’t fall for the ‘hawa-hawai’ BJP manifesto full of allurements,” which are just tall claims. “The promises of ‘achchey din’ by the BJP have proved to be as hollow as the ones given by the earlier Congress governments at the Centre,” Mayawati said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”BJP’s ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’ has been reduced to mere ‘jumlebaazi’ …similar alluring promises are being made also by the Congress,” she said. Attacking the central government on demonetisation and GST, she said both the steps were carried out in a hurry without any preparation. ‘This has increased poverty and unemployment …the small and medium traders are most unhappy…the economy has been hit and corruption has also increased,” she claimed. Addressing the rally, SP president Akhilesh Yadav claimed that BJP will not be able to get a single seat in the polling held on April 11 and 18 and the third phase voting slated for April 23.last_img read more

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Students impress in qualifiers for race against Ohio States Dontre Wilson Devin

Runners relax post-race while Fernando Lovo, football operations coordinator, speaks of the next step in the process, the semifinals to be held April 5. Fastest Student Race took place March 26 at the Woody Hayes Center as part of the preliminary rounds to race against OSU football players at the Spring Game. Credit: Kathleen Martini / Oller reporterThey’ve long been called some of the best fans in the land, but Ohio State students might also have earned the title of some of the fastest in the land.With many current and formers Buckeyes looking on, 41 Ohio State students showed up to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center Wednesday, looking to compete for a chance to race against sophomore running back Dontre Wilson and senior wide receiver Devin Smith at halftime of OSU’s Spring Game April 12.Once the competitors toed the line and went back in their stances, the onlookers were more than impressed.“Believe it or not, some of the times that we have here are even faster than we had when we did this at (the University of) Florida. It’s pretty impressive,” Fernando Lovo, OSU’s football operations coordinator, said following the event. “These kids were unbelievable. It was really impressive.”While Lovo would not reveal the names of the competitors who advanced to the next round — which is set to take place at OSU’s Student Appreciation Day April 5  — he did reveal some of the 40-yard dash times that impressed him.“We had a 4.4 (seconds) — that was our fastest time,” Lovo said. “We also had a 4.51, 4.53, 4.52 and a 4.6, so there were some great times.”After hearing whispers in the locker room, Wilson made his way to the field size up his future competition. While he was also impressed with what he saw on the turf, the sophomore couldn’t find anyone who would beat him.“It’s possible,” Wilson said, who has been clocked at 4.33 seconds in a 40-yard dash since joining the Buckeyes. “But I’m not going to let that happen.”Despite being noticed as one of the faster runners in the competition, Colwyn Headley, a fourth-year in microbiology, agreed with Wilson in his prediction.“Dontre is probably like a world-class sprinter,” Headley said, with a big smile on his face. “I’m just a poser if anything.”John Findley, a second-year in sports management, however, thought he had a real shot at the speedy sophomore.“I’m going to give 110 percent,” Findley said. “Dontre is a really nice guy, but I really want to try to beat him.”Marcus Perry, a second-year in aerospace engineering, echoed Findley’s confidence, saying he too had a legitimate chance beating Wilson in Ohio Stadium.“I was a sprinter in high school, so I have a decent chance,” Perry said. “I just hope I get a decent start. I’m a little bit out of shape, but I’m hoping for the best.”While he was focused on the task at hand, Findley wanted to take the time to appreciate the opportunity coach Urban Meyer had afforded them.“Coach Meyer is an awesome coach,” Findley said. “Every day you don’t get to meet the fastest running back or wide receiver on the Buckeyes or even get to watch a practice on this field. It’s pretty awesome.”The students who are set to run in the next round of races April 5 at OSU’s Student Appreciation Day will be notified privately in the coming days, Lovo said. He did not say whether or not their names would be made public before the next set of races. read more

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Koulibaly remembers last gasp winner in Turin

first_imgKalidou Koulibaly has once again reflected on his late winner against Juventus last season as they brace up for a return to the city to face Torino.Koulibaly went to suggest it is an unforgettable moment considering the significance of the win and timing. Sarri’s men closed the gap with the win but slipped up in their final two games to give Juve the title.“For me it was normal to renew for another five years because I’m happy and I feel great here,” the defender told Radio Kiss Kiss ahead of the game on Sunday.“We’re ready to face Liverpool and PSG in the Champions League, but now we’re thinking about the League.Top 5 Serie A players to watch for next weekend’s activity Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Top 5 players to watch in Serie A next…“We mustn’t fear anyone. We know that we did things wrong in the first couple of games, we conceded a few goals too, but in the last two games, we didn’t concede any.“We’re finding a new type of balance and Ancelotti is a master. It was an unforgettable night in Turin, and we’re back there to pick up points, even though it’ll be a very difficult game.“We must stay focused and be careful so we don’t concede a goal. I’m sure we can go home with the three points.”last_img read more

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Chelsea starlet suffers injury during international break

first_imgChelsea youngster Ethan Ampadu limps off for the Wales national team during their friendly against Spain on Thursday evening, according to talkSPORT.The teenage midfield sensation fell awkwardly in a challenge, picking up an injury in the process and was subsequently replaced by Andy King on 50 minutes.His team-mate at club level Alvaro Morata, accompanied by club captain Cesar Azpilicueta were quick to check on the 18-year-old and looked visibly concerned.The Exeter City academy product has impressed for Wales this season, particularly in the 4-1 victory over Ireland last month.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…Wales head coach, Ryan Giggs will be fearful of losing Ampadu for their UEFA Nations League clash against the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday, where the Welsh can keep their hopes of promotion alive.The Welsh team will enter that game on the back of a disappointing home 4-1 defeat to Spain at the Principality Stadium.A brace from inform Borussia Dortmund striker Paco Alcacer, a controversial Sergio Ramos header and a fourth goal from Marc Bartra gave Spain a comfortable lead, before Sam Vokes pulled back a consolation for the hosts late on.Despite a lack of game time at club level for Ampadu with Chelsea the teenager held his own against a well-experienced Spanish midfield.last_img read more

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Chelsea join race for Nicolo Barella

first_imgChelsea have joined the race to sign Nicolo Barella from CagliariCagliari are believed to be a seeking a fee in the region of €50million for Italy international midfielder, according to reports by Gianluca DiMarzio.The president of Cagliari, Tommasi Giulini, who had previously ruled out the sale of Barella during the January transfer window, believes €50million is the start negotiation fee for Barella and would prefer an outright payment.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…Reports in Italy suggest Napoli remain the team most interested in the 21-year-old, but any deal taking the player to Naples will have to include some of the club’s players whilst Milan and Juventus are believed to be monitoring the player’s situation.Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has already signed Jorginho from Napoli last summer but remains keen to add another midfielder to his squad, and Barella is understood to be the former Napoli boss’ first choice.last_img read more

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