Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year 2021 closing date extended

first_imgLimerickNewsIreland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year 2021 closing date extendedBy Meghann Scully – January 7, 2021 105 REPRO FREE – The closing date for the call for entries for Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year 2021, Ireland’s festival celebrating young filmmakers from Ireland has been extended to Monday, February 22, 2021.  Fresh International Film Festival 2021 takes place from March 22 – 28, 2021 and is open to young people from 7-18 years of age. Enter now at freshfilmfestival.com (picture taken before social distancing). Picture: Dermot Culhane.DUE to unprecedented demand, the closing date for the call for entries for Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year 2021, Ireland’s festival celebrating the best in young filmmaking has been extended to Monday February 22, 2021.Fresh Film is an advocate for young filmmakers and encourages young people to make films by hosting the annual Fresh International Film Festival and Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year Awards.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Fresh International Film Festival 2021 takes place from March 22 – 28, 2021 and is open to young people from 7-18 years of age.This year Fresh celebrates its 25th year and continues to provide an opportunity for young filmmakers to see their work on the big screen and to compete for the title of Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year and to win €1000 towards their next film.All submissions are also considered for a range of Specialist Awards including the Radharc Trust Award for documentaries, the Cartoon Saloon Animation Award, the RTÉ 60 Second Award, the Film in the Irish Language award and the RTÉ Factual Award, in addition to the International and Audience awards.The Festival has Junior (7-12 years), Senior (12- 18 years) and International categories for individual and group projects. Young filmmakers can enter as independents, as part of their school or in a group. Films must be original and can be up to 15 minutes duration for Seniors or 10 minutes duration for Juniors.As part of its Fresh International strand, it distributes Irish films made by young people to festivals all over the world and seeks opportunities for young people to participate in international exchanges.Speaking about the final call for entries, Festival Director and Founder Jayne Foley said, “We are extending our closing date for entries to Monday, February 22 to give filmmakers more time to put together their films for this year’s Festival this means you’ll have an extra month to put the finishing touches to your films or even start making one now!“It’s incredible to be celebrating our 25th birthday this year and we are going to have a really exciting event at this year’s Festival looking back at the many young filmmakers that ‘got their start’ at Fresh.”Closing date for entries is Monday, February 22, 2021.The full festival programme will be available shortly. Further details and application forms can be found at www.freshfilmfestival.com. WhatsApp Previous articleGardai investigating after abusive caller to restaurant claimed to be Fine Gael MinisterNext articleMan being treated in Intensive Care Unit after house fire in Limerick Meghann Scully Facebook Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Twittercenter_img TAGSIreland’s Young filmmaker of the YearKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Linkedin Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Print Email Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limericklast_img read more

Brazil’s Green Book of Defense: the Armed Forces Protecting the Environment

first_imgBy Nelza Oliveira/Diálogo July 26, 2017 On June 2nd, the Ministry of Defense published “Defense and the Environment: Training with Sustainability,” also known as The Green Book of Defense, on the best practices for environmental management that the Brazilian Armed Forces (Army, Navy, and Air Force) use in their military areas and activities. The Green Book also contains information on their operations combatting environmental crimes. “The Brazilian Armed Forces are the institutions that do the most to protect, preserve, and restore the nation’s natural environment. We are defending our practices. Those who pass through the Brazilian Armed Forces learn to care for, and about the environment,” said Brazil’s Minister of Defense Raul Jungmann at the book launch ceremony. In the places used as military facilities or training camps, the Brazilian Armed Forces balance national security with the conservation of the ecosystems. “I believe that these military areas are being well protected, be it through the security provided by our military personnel or be it mainly through the zeal and care that our service members show for public resources, including environmental resources,” stated Brazilian Army Lieutenant General Elias Rodrigues Martins Filho, from the Strategic Affairs Command of the Ministry of Defense. “The military’s presence is well respected by Brazilian society, even by those who risk committing environmental crimes.” Millions of hectares protected The Brazilian Air Force (FAB, per its Portuguese acronym) is responsible for Serra do Cachimbo in the southern part of the state of Pará, a 22,000-square kilometer green space equal in size to the state of Sergipe. Brigadeiro Velloso Proving Ground is maintained at that location, which is home simultaneously to military training and periodic flyovers by FAB for detecting and suppressing deforestation in the area. There, FAB is also promoting the Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources’ efforts to reintegrate various species of Brazilian fauna rescued from illegal poaching back into the environment. At Anápolis Air Base in the state of Goiás, FAB is continuing with the Erosion Control and Reforestation with Native and Exotic Species (CERNE, per its Portuguese acronym) Project, which has already planted 16,000 seedlings and recovered nearly 168 hectares. The first plantings started in 2007. “The project was born from the observation that soil was being removed for construction in the built-up areas of Anápolis Air Base and also in the areas around the airport, the runways and landing strips, the hangars, and the parking area,” said Senior Airman Lucas Abadia (FAB), an environmental engineer and coordinator of the CERNE Project. “The main objective that folks have been able to realize over these last 10 years has been to restore the environment to its natural balance, which was being lost during the construction years, mainly due to the aviation piece. But nowadays, people rely on the environment as a partner as well.” The planting of seedlings was also done by FAB on Santa Maria Air Base in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, and at the Air Force Academy in Pirassununga, in the state of São Paulo. The Brazilian Navy (MB, per its Portuguese acronym) has supported environmental protection on Marambaia Island in Rio de Janeiro since 1906 when the Seaman Apprentice School was established. In the 1980s, MB also set up its Marambaia Island Training Center there. Environmental protection on the island, according to the Green Book of Defense, is a guarantor of the ecological preservation of 95 percent of the vast area of coastal Atlantic Forest, which is the reason why the island is visited by students and researchers in fields such as botany, ecology, zoology, archeology, climatology, and geoprocessing in their search for species that are common to the reef, many of which are going extinct in other parts of the Brazilian coast. MB is also present in protecting the Alcatrazes Archipelago in São Sebastião in the state of São Paulo, where it promotes comprehensive actions that include supervision, safe navigation, protecting lives at sea, and enforcing the prohibition against anchoring vessels or diving around the archipelago. Commitment to the environment Like the Navy, the Brazilian Army (EB, per its Portuguese acronym) also has a presence on Marambaia Island in Rio de Janeiro, occupying an area of nearly 34 square kilometers where the Army Technology Center and the Army Evaluation Center operate. For the past 200 years, EB has protected the flora and fauna common to the plains of the Pampas in an area covering more than 50,000 hectares in the state of Rio Grande do Sul whereBarão de São Borja Training Camp operates. At Formosa Training Camp in the state of Goiás, EB is taking part in a study of a 15,000-hectare area to find solutions to the natural erosion there, in addition to doing scientific research to identify medium- and large-sized mammal species. In Recife, in the state of Pernambuco, EB is responsible for protecting the environment at its Curado Military Complex, the headquarters of the Northeastern Military Command and six other military organizations. Pernambuco is also home to Guararapes Historical National Park, which was restored by the Army command in order to recover and preserve the natural features in that area. This national park is considered EB’s birthplace, as it was the site of the first battle of EB’s land troops in 1648, an episode known as the “Battle of Guararapes.” “The Brazilian Armed Forces have a tradition of protecting the biomass and green spaces in a continent-sized nation like Brazil. And this is also done through a broad structure of garrisons, bases, and training camps – some of which are centuries old – which contribute to the protection of all of our national resources,” EB confirmed for Diálogo through its press office. “One example of this historical commitment is Decree 14.273 of July 28, 1920, which approved the regulation of Gericinó Training Center in Rio de Janeiro. Article 6 of the decree states that “the cutting of trees by troops in these forests or in Serra de Gericinó is strictly prohibited. The camp administration shall establish guidelines for using the forests […] in order to prevent general landslides that may harm the yield of the native waters. Any tree that is knocked down must be replaced by another,” the press office note continued. In Manaus, in the state of Amazonas, the Jungle Warfare Training Center created by EB more than 50 years ago, occupies an area of more than 150,000 hectares and trained service members since 1960. At the center, there is a refuge for rescued animals that cannot be returned to the wild. In all, 400 animals live there. In 2014, the refuge received an Amazon Aquarium with more than 200 animals and a Learning Center, a space for educational and conservation activities. During the launch of the Green Book, Minister Jungmann announced that he would send an inter-ministerial statement of purpose to the Office of the President to create a category of military areas to be given special environmental protection. “That will make it possible for those areas to receive greater protection. Today there are many pressures on the areas protected by the Brazilian Armed Forces. This measure will strengthen their legal certainty because, by looking after those areas, we are looking after ourselves as well. Furthermore, it will greatly expand the roster of protected areas, bringing them all together as one,” the minister concluded.last_img read more

Tears, tributes for ‘Mother of the Nation’

first_img10 June 2011Mother of the nation, heroine, dignified leader of the struggle against apartheid. These were some of the phrases used to describe the late Albertina Sisulu during an official memorial service in Pretoria on Thursday.African National Congress (ANC) struggle veteran Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane, Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane and several government and religious leaders joined scores of people who attended the service at the Tshwane City Hall.Many from the nursing profession also came to pay tribute to Sisulu, who spent most of her life practising as a health professional. Those who packed the hall sang struggle songs and clapped hands as they celebrated Sisulu’s life.The 92-year-old MaSisulu, as she was affectionately known, died at her Johannesburg home last Thursday. She is survived by seven children, among them Defence Minister Lindiwe Sisulu and Speaker of the National Assembly Max Sisulu.Basic Education Minister and African National Congress Women’s League President Angie Motshekga said the nation had not only lost a caring mother but a leader who fought for all.“Together, we have lost a loving mother … MaSisulu was indeed a fearless leader, we indeed deeply share the pain and extreme sadness that has befallen the Sisulu family,” Motshekga said.MaSisulu always led from the front, and her life had always been that of struggle for the liberation of her people, Motshekga added.“We should find comfort that her name will forever evoke among us a deep feeling of respect and admiration. We shall not forget that this gallant figure also led the march against the pass laws in 1959 … She fought until the bitter end, and the women of this country must always respect her contribution to the struggle.”ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe described her as someone whose leadership had helped produce a successful group of younger ANC women leaders, citing daughter Lindiwe Sisulu and Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane among others.“That is reflected in the life of MaSisulu. She was given these responsibilities of leadership because of the capabilities she demonstrated, and in turn everyone who learned from her today is a leader in her own right,” Mantashe said.He vowed that the ANC would continue to “draw lessons” from the leadership MaSisulu lived to symbolise throughout her life. “That is the only way we can celebrate the life of Mama Sisulu.”Tshwane Mayor Sputla Ramokgopa said: “Mama Sisulu and her generation not only carried on with the revolution through difficult time, they ensured it continued … Her generation was a generation that laid a foundation of hope that led us to victory in 1994.”The current generation can only accomplish “if we pay attention to what Mama Sisulu stood for,” Ramokgopa said.South African Airways board chairperson Cheryl Carolus said Sisulu kept the struggle together even during the darkest days of apartheid. “Throughout the pain of her children, Mama has always been there, all in the name of making sacrifices to build the new South Africa. We say to all of us who are left behind, keep living the legacy,” she said.MaSisulu is to be accorded an official funeral at a service at Orlando Stadium in Soweto on Saturday. She will be laid to rest next to her husband Walter at Croesus cemetery in Johannesburg.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

SaveTNet Cyber Safety reaching global audiences through PUBLIC FIGURE film

first_imgJohannesburg, SA: SaveTNet Cyber Safety NPC is sharing its message on an international stage through the recently premiered Public Figure film, creating awareness for responsible digital citizenship. Public Figure (2019) is a documentary-film that investigates the psychological effects of everyday social media use while exploring how influencers deal with the fame, money, hate, and obsession that comes with it.Rianette Leibowitz, Cyber Safety Change Agent and SaveTNet CEO, stars in the film alongside co-producer and South African public figure, Bonang Matheba, as well as other influencers from around the globe including New York comedian and Instagram star, Sebastian Tribbe, as well as American actor, director and producer, Denzel Washington.SaveTNet held a private screening of Public Figure for partners and stakeholders at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Houghton, where the 21st-century skill of digital citizenship was probed.  An engaging panel discussion was held where panellists Brian Corso, director and producer of Public Figure, Sebastian Tribbe and Leibowitz shared their views on the collaborations that made this film possible, the influence public figures have through social media, how cybersafety risks need to be managed and how industry can add value to navigate the issue of responsible digital citizenship more positively.“It is time for companies to play an active role and to consider cybersafety as a corporate social investment area of focus, supporting SaveTNet initiatives in order to influence communities positively,” says Leibowitz. “It is a privilege to share the same stage with some of the world’s greatest influencers to raise the awareness of responsible digital citizenship and inform more people that SaveTNet is here to help victims of cybercrime.”As stated in her acceptance speech as winner of the Inspiration and Influence Award at the Global Social Awards 2019 recently held in Prague, Bonang Matheba called on influencers to use their platforms to influence and inspire in a positive way, making sure they light people’s lives and use their social platforms to talk about things that are important around them, in their country.Host partner, Brand South Africa, supports Leibowitz as a #PlayYourPart Ambassador using SaveTNet to drive their movement to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa. “The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is a reality in our communities and we need to take responsibility in ensuring everyone is aware of cyber risks. As this has an impact on our people, our brands and our country,” says Brand South Africa’s Acting Chief Executive Officer, Ms Thulisile Manzini.SaveTNet Cyber Safety offers a network of specialists for anyone who has been affected by cybercrime or related issue.  “While we help cybercrime victims for free daily, we are encouraging experts (forensic analysts, psychologists, legal advisors) to collaborate with SaveTNet to ensure that we continue to be the safety net for anyone who is in trouble,” concludes Leibowitz.last_img read more

Autodesk: Hey, Free Apps Are Harder To Make Than Enterprise Software

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… To me, though, the most interesting part of the story is what the heck a professional software company like Autodesk is doing mucking around with free mobile apps for consumers.Bass said the company first got into the area almost by accident. “The first thing we did was Sketchbook – a piece of professional software that was relatively unsuccessful… Nobody knew about it. Then two guys went and turned it into an iPhone app,” Bass said. “If I had been asked,” he added,” I would have said it’s the stupidest thing I’d ever heard of. Who would want to fingerpaint on an iPhone?”That product now has 15 million users. Overall, Autodesk’s mobile products have gained some 100 million users in three years, compared to 15 million users of its professional products gathered over 30 years. The company is now building apps “as fast as we can,” Bass said.Why Build Apps?Sure, the apps are popular, but why would an professional software company dive into apps? It certainly isn’t for the money, at least not yet. While Autodesk’s consumer revenue will double this year, Bass said, “We don’t make enough [on consumer apps] to pay the rental on this floor.”The real reason? “A huge amount of learning about how people really want to work with their tools,” Bass said. Autodesk needed to figure out “how quickly you had to get someone from knowing nothing to satisfaction” in order to eliminate the learning curve and make professional software as satisfying as consumer apps. “If it’s easy to do in your personal life, why is it so hard in the business world?” he asked.Compared to modern consumer apps, he said. “Enterprise software sucks.” The message has become, “less expensive means easy to use, more expensive means really difficult to use,” Bass said. “We have to remedy that!” Increasingly, professionals want the ease and convenience they get in their personal lives in their business environment as well – and are intolerant when the don’t get it. Business software companies that don’t give them that “will be losers,” Bass warned.Enterprise Software Can Be SloppyThat’s a challenge for Autodesk, because “we are an enterprise software company,” Bass acknowledged. Thirty percent of company revenues come from 1% of customers. “The very biggest companies in the world,” including huge automotive and aerospace manufacturers, buy thousands of licenses, he said. And they run their businesses on that software.In the development process, he explained, “you can be a little bit sloppy with professional applications,” figuring that “they use it all the time, they’ll figure it out.” Developing the variety of devices makes you pay more attention to detail, Bass claimed, particularly when something doesn’t work. Consumer app users want “instant gratification,” he said, and “we’re trying to push that into our professional products.”The company is already translating what it’s learned in apps to full-scale software. One example is so-called Marking Menus: Rather than put the menus at the top of the screen, the idea is to overlay the menus on top of the place where you are working. “It makes even more sense when it’s your finger,” Bass said, “but why not the mouse?” Will The Enterprise Go Social?The final frontier for enterprise software is probably social. These days, we get constant access to social information in our personal lives, but that turns opaque in our professional lives, Bass said.But he believes that professionals “want to and are willing to share – even though that’s a little taboo in the enterprise world.” So Autodesk is bringing social aspects into its professional tools. Upcoming products, including Autodesk 360, now in beta, will translate the “social graph” to the “design graph,” letting users Like and share on an ad hoc basis, he said.Put all this together and it begs the question: Is there any real difference between consumer apps and enterprise software? Looks like we’re about to find out.Top image by Fredric Paul fredric paul According to Autodesk CEO Carl Bass, creating free smartphone apps is much more difficult than building expensive professional and enterprise software.“People are more demanding for a low-cost consumer thing than they are for [expensive] profressional products,” Bass told me in a sit-down at the company’s slick gallery space in downtown San Francisco. “The cheapest things have to be the easiest to use,” he explained. They don’t get a user manual or training classes to show people how to use them.From AutoCad To AppsThat’s a big deal to Autodesk, which made its name with high-end design and engineering software like AutoCad and Revit, but has made an aggressive move into smartphone and tablet apps in the last few years.And it’s especially releveant because on Tuesday morning the company introduced Autodesk ReCap, the “industrial strength” version of the free consumer product called 123D Catch, introduced in 2012. The products are designed to create “intelligent 3D data” from captured photos and laser scans.center_img 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Getting Ready For Touch ScreensAutodesk also needed to learn how to take full advantage of multi-touch interfaces, Bass said. “Clearly, the next generation of desktops will have multitouch,” he said, and “we will change our products to take advantage of that… Direct interaction is a more natural way for people to work with their models.”The transition isn’t as simple as you might think. For one thing, there’s a more “emotional connection” with touch screens, Bass believes. “You interact with it in a slightly more intimate way. You actually touch it – that’s different than a keyboard and mouse.”And there are also practical considerations. On Windows, for example, many things are called up by hovering the mouse over an area of the screen. That generally doesn’t work with touch.Finally, despite the fact that consumer apps aren’t a big money maker right now, “if you have an attentive, engaged audience of loyal consumers, you can find a way to make money on it”, Bass predicted. “Look at Twitter.”last_img read more

9 Reasons Sales Training Fails

first_img Free Webinar Series! Create a culture of value creation. Signup for this free webinar! In three, short, power-packed webinars, you will learn what you need to do to create a culture of value creators who create and win new opportunities. Download Now There are many reasons sales training fails. These are the reasons I most often come across.Lack of Leadership: I have walked into room after room full of salespeople because I was hired by management to train them, only to watch executive leadership and the sales managers walk out of the room. The leadership wasn’t interested in understanding what their salespeople were being taught, nor were they concerned enough about the execution of the new skills being taught to their salespeople. It was beneath them.Single Event Approach: When sales training is a single event, the expectation is unreasonably high. The trainer is expected to teach five or six concepts, the strategies for employing new skills, and the tactical decisions as to how and when to use them in a way that allows for perfect comprehension. The sales force, for their part, is supposed to grasp all of this information in a single day and exercise perfect recall and flawless execution. This isn’t how people gain new skills.No Ongoing Reinforcement: Most new skills are acquired over time. We tend to make mistakes, and it helps to have coaching and conversations to help the person learning gain an awareness of what they’re doing and how they might make adjustments. Over time, the distinctions they make allow for new choices and their skills improve.Lack of Managerial Will: When salespeople are trained, it is up to their individual managers to reinforce the training, and that means ensuring the sales force is taking new actions and producing new results. It also means that they have to observe the sales force in the field to verify for themselves.No Application: Providing information isn’t enough. Training without a focus on the practical application will not produce the necessary results. The concepts are important, but if the salesperson isn’t taught how and when to apply what they are learning in the context of what they do, they will lack the ability to apply what they have learned.No Consequences for Reverting Back to Old Habits: If there are no consequences for reverting back to old habits, then there is no accountability. If the change you are enabling with training is critical, then the new skills and behaviors cannot be a suggestion; it has to be non-negotiable. If you allow your people to wait you out, they will.Giving Up too Soon: Leaders underestimate how much time and energy is going to take to enable their sales force to acquire new skills, new beliefs, and new behaviors. They move on to other priorities when they need to talk about what they need from their sales force in every conversation. They need to point back to the training and the outcomes it was designed to help them produce over and over again until it becomes “the way we do things here.” When the leader gives up, the sales force gives up.B2C Training for B2B Sales: B2C and B2B are different. The sales approaches are different. The conversations are very different. What is at stake is often very different, as are the implications for the person buying. The approach that one might take when selling cars, where a buyer who walks off the lot is a lost sale, is different from a complex sale, where the buyers are going to need multiple conversations over time to understand what they need, how to change, and to build internal consensus. The tactics used in B2C will ruin your sales in B2B.Not Really Sales Training: Some of what it being described as sales training is not. It is training around the tools salespeople use, especially technological tools that are designed to help the salesperson with all sorts of tasks. Teaching people to use quoting software (or whatever is this year’s fashion) will help them be more efficient and give leaders more control. It might even help speed the quote to a client. But it isn’t likely to change the conversation between the salesperson and their prospect, nor is it going to create a preference to buy from them and their company.last_img read more

Schools’ Investment Paying Dividends

first_imgThe 2016 Harvey Norman Schools Cup Results can be viewed hereRelated LinksSchools’ Investment Paying Dividends The inaugural and national Harvey Norman Schools Cup heralded a great success; on and off the field, in and out of the schoolyard.By @JulianTFA“They might have to move those large prize cheques, before the schools’ presentations come out,” came the innocent remark with a casual index finger aimed at the large format cheques in question, leaning in against the presentation dais.That it came from a parent watching intently on to the presentation ceremony about to get underway this past weekend in the bowels of the Sunshine Coast Stadium presentation area, was nothing too remarkable. Given this was a joint national TFA youth, seniors and schools event, it was probably a fair comment.Just an innocuous statement that the schools’ awards ceremony was about to commence and perhaps, as she casually observed, that the event staff might just have innocently missed something in their preparations.Meanwhile, the winning and runners-up schools from the inaugural Harvey Norman Schools Cup from Brisbane were being corralled and marshalled adjacent to the dais, in readiness to accept their trophies and medallions.Each with beaming smiles and mud and grit adorning their proud school playing uniforms, straight from their grand final encounters and much to their own parents’ delight, no doubt. Their success on the field, rather than the state of their outfits that is.Each of the players trying to push towards the back, such is the exuberance and then sudden bashfulness of youth when the spotlight emerges and, god forbid, a question being asked of them in public!With the large crowd assembled, schools teams roll-called and the official speeches underway, you know the look you observe on someone’s face when the jaw and, excuse the pun in this example, penny drops?“Are those cheques for the schools”?!With said parent and her husband looking at each other and away twice in such a way that they just answered their own question, and then to see the smiles emerge on both, was both a metaphor and a moment to reflect on just how far the idea and concept of a national schools Touch Football event had come.Indeed, those prize cheques (and trophies/medallions) had just the desired effect on these two; along with their children playing at their feet and the near-100 people bearing witness to the culmination of the inaugural Harvey Norman inspired and partnered event. Now, while it is acknowledged that we are not talking Australian Open Tennis prize cheques here, for those schools invested in the sport of touch football and competing here at the first running of the event, the $7,000 prize allocation adorning the oversized cardboard currency was….well, gold.As one school principal also in the crowd dryly observed: “the size of those prizes exceeds anything we possibly get though a (schools) submission.”In addition to the prestige of being crowned national champions, the winners in each division received a $3,500 Harvey Norman prize voucher for their school.A worthy investment clearly and worth every penny according to Harvey Norman’s national promotions and sponsorship manager, Stephanie Crockford.“It’s a really exciting opportunity to sponsor with TFA this successful inaugural event,” she said in readiness of her conferring of awards with TFA CEO, Colm Maguire.“To have so many schools to be so excited and to sign-up in this first year is amazing and we really look forward to seeing the growth.“And the footprint is enormous; there is just so much opportunity for growth within the sport and particularly through schools.”Touch Football Australia (TFA) working closely with major partner Harvey Norman went back to school literally in 2015, with the establishment of the school series and cup finale; engaging closely with schools and principals to be part of the national concept.The alignment of individual state all schools’ events under the one school series and banner is also crucial element of TFA’s strategic focus and investment in junior participation growth for the current strategic cycle. Notwithstanding, working closely too with partner states and their strong affiliation to respective education systems and schools’ networks.   The new three-day round robin Touch Football tournament involved the top performing school teams from the Harvey Norman School Series events over the preceding 12-month period, with teams invited by Touch Football Australia to participate in the Harvey Norman School’s Cup.This alignment would not have been possible, according to Maguire, without the support of Major Partner, Harvey Norman. Who, through their investment in significant prizes and the sport more broadly, have provided the incentive for schools across the country to participate in not only Touch Football but something bigger.“Looking back, the Harvey Norman National School’s Cup and the great feeling among the players, parents was incredible and we already can’t wait to go again next year,” he said.“The fact that the sponsorship and support through Harvey Norman has allowed us to utilise it as a mechanism to engage effectively with schools, which in some of the states across Australia has already resulted in growth of around 75% in terms of participation numbers, is immense,” he added.“Certainly when we start to put in place our ambassador and field officer programs over the next 12 months, we look forward to growing in this space as well.“It goes without saying we thank Harvey Norman for their valued investment in this space and indeed across the sport.”The Schools Cup event also provided a great opportunity for players and coaches to participate in development activities with Australian coaches and representatives also in attendance.While the winning schools of Brisbane State High School in the girls and Cavendish Road State High School also of Brisbane in the boys, will no doubt be pleased the cheque is in the mail, their investment in their Touch Football and coaching programs, along with all other competing schools, is paying off. Handsomely.last_img read more

10 months agoEx-Man City chief Cook making new move for Newcastle

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Man City chief Cook making new move for Newcastleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester City chief executive Garry Cook is involved in another consortium seeking to buyout Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley.The Mirror says Cook is now fronting a bid to buy the Tyneside giants, with Ashley looking to bank £300million from the sale.Cook was the Manchester City chief executive who sold Sheikh Mansour a Premier League back in the summer of 2009.Mansour had also registered an interest in buying Newcastle from Ashley.But the Arab prince was sold on the idea presented to him in a Power Point presentation made by Cook. last_img

2 days agoMan City seek social media influencers to promote Champions League games

first_imgMan City seek social media influencers to promote Champions League gamesby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City are seeking social media influencers to help promote the experience of attending games at the Etihad.The Mirror says City are advertising for social influencers to help sell the “great atmosphere” at the Etihad Stadium during Champions League games.The ad, which was posted on influencer marketing platform Tribe, also calls for males – preferably students, young professionals and those new to Manchester – to post content that can “tell an authentic and genuine story of what it’s like to be at a game”.In the ad, City said: “The Champions League this year has given us three relatively unknown teams meaning our core fans are less likely to attend.”We identified students, young professionals and those new to Manchester who are our ideal audiences, however we can’t ignore core fans either as they still account for most ticket sales.”We want to get across the great atmosphere of the Etihad through the use of influencers who can tell an authentic and genuine story of what it’s like to be at a game.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more