You will be aware of the current issues that Tuggeranong United, and our fellow NPL clubs, have raised with the board of Capital Football over the implementation of the Canberra United Academy and the existing governance structure of Capital Football.
We can confirm that, following lengthy negotiations between the NPL clubs and Capital Football, and more recently Football Federation Australia, our NPL teams will be playing their scheduled matches this Sunday against the Canberra United Academy.
We need to make it clear however the issues are not resolved. Saying that, the NPL clubs have received assurance sufficient for us to be satisfied that our previous intentions to abstain from playing the Capital Football teams are not, for now, required.
We would like to assure our members that, contrary to some recent commentary in the media, we are acting with the best interests of football and our players at the forefront of our intentions. In detail:
- The National Premier Leagues, including the Women’s Premier League, are the elite development pathway for Australian football, and as such they should be respected and valued, along with the players that play in them, 144 of whom play for our club and many more of whom will play for Tuggeranong United in the future.
- The way in which the CU Academy has been implemented is causing unacceptable damage to our local premier leagues, and is out of alignment with the strategic direction of elite football in Australia including the FFA Whole of Football Plan.
- It is possible to give the most promising players in our region the appropriate training opportunities they deserve, without destroying the football experience for the rest of the players and holding back the development of the game.
- The actual stakeholders in football in our region should have a direct influence in how it is governed, and should be members of their own Federation.
We would like to reiterate that our issues are with Capital Football, and specifically the way these issues have been handled by them, not the players of the CU Academy or their families. We are pleased to be welcoming them to Kambah this weekend.