Dear players and supporters of Subbuteo Table Football in Australia
I am writing to you on the back of a very successful weekend of table football in Sydney, with the 2017 Australian Grand Prix an overwhelmingly positive experience for players.
To the players who attended, I hope you had an enjoyable time. To those who couldn’t make it this year, I hope to see you at next year’s Grand Prix as well as our club events, which will run around the country throughout the year.
During the weekend we held an Australian Table Foootball Association (ATFA) board meeting where we discussed some plans and ideas we will be implementing this season. Please read below to learn about these key updates
1. ATFA BOARD
Following the recent decision by Steve Dettre to step down as president, an interim board of ATFA has been formed until the next AGM:
President – Benji Batten
Vice president – Vacant
Secretary General – Peter Thomas
Treasurer – Eliot Kennedy
Communications Officer – Adrian Elmer
Board Advisors – Steve Dettre, Luke Radziminski, Giuseppe Tardiota
The board is very keen to expand its membership to include more of Australia’s playing regions. To that end, I am very pleased to announce that Giuseppe Tardiota from Brisbane has this week agreed to join the board immediately as a Board Advisor. It is great to have Pino on the board.
There will be a full election of the ATFA board later in the year. We will publicise the roles and their definitions, as well as the process of nominating and being elected to the board. In the meantime, the current board will continue to operate.
2. ATFA MEMBERSHIP
Due to the need to fund ATFA’s small number of annual expenses, as well as the desire to continue the growth of Subbuteo table football, ATFA will be introducing a formal membership process whereby players can become official members of our Association for the upcoming 2017-18 season. This will entitle you to play in FISTF events both in Australia and around the world.
Membership will involve a small membership fee, sufficient only to cover our basic expenses (annual FISTF registration fees, fees for our incorporation as an association, website renewal fee, etc). Full details will be published in the coming months, but we look forward to our players’ support as we begin the process of building our national membership base.
3. 2018 AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX/ASIAN CUP OF TABLE FOOTBALL – Save the date
After a very successful 2017 Grand Prix in Sydney, ATFA is excited to announce the 2018 Grand Prix will be held in Melbourne on the 20th and 21st of January 2018. The event will be co-hosted by the Western Flickers Table Football Club and Melbourne Table Football Club. This event will also double as the 2018 Asian Cup of Table Football (it is Australia’s year to host the event) with players expected from Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Indonesia. This event has the potential to be the biggest table football tournament in Australia’s history. I ask that you all save the date in your calendar as it would be fantastic to see you all in Melbourne for another fun filled weekend. Further information on this tournament will be made available in the coming months.
4. 2016-17 AND 2017-18 FISTF CALENDAR
Seeking expressions of interest for other FISTF events in the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons
Following FISTF, each season runs from 1 September to 31 August the following year. Until now, our FISTF calendar has involved two larger FISTF events – a Grand Prix (GP) and an International Open (IO) – which so far have been held only in Sydney and Melbourne, the two largest playing centres – as well as a series of WASPA events staged by our affiliated clubs around the country.
We are keen to expand the FISTF calendar to four events a year to promote the game nationally, and the first step in this direction is a FISTF event to be held in Perth in July this year (see our website for details).
For the time being, we plan to continue to hold the Australian International Grand Prix in either Sydney or Melbourne in January each year, with an IO in the city not holding the AGP that year, normally in September/October. We would like to expand this calendar to include an additional IO and an additional Satellite tournament each year. (We can only organise one GP per year, but can hold up to two IOs and up to three Satellite events)
ATFA is therefore seeking expressions of interest from its clubs to host the remaining three events in the 2017-18 season
These events are
– International Open (1 day) in September/October 2017- Note: to be hosted by a Sydney club
– One FISTF satellite and one IO event, or two Satellite events (1 day) – can be hosted within the current season (ie by 31 August 2017) or at any point next season subject to approval from the ATFA board.
We are asking for clubs interested in hosting the event to send an e-mail to Adrian Elmer (firstname.lastname@example.org), Communications Director, with the following information:
– why you want to host the event
– why you feel you deserve to host the event
– how many players you aim to attract for your event
– where you would look to host the event (general location or a few venue ideas is more than fine, no set venue is needed)
– what dates you would like to host the event
Interested clubs can refer to the FISTF handbook available on the FISTF website for the minimum requirements for each tournament type.
We encourage all clubs to get in touch and submit their interest in hosting an event. Two or more clubs can co-host an event if they are based in the same city.
5. 2017 AND 2018 EVENTS CALENDAR
The best way to maximise attendance at events is to plan as far in advance as possible and ensure we can space out our events. In the near future we will have the Asian Cup in Japan in June, and also a FISTF International Open in Perth in July.
I encourage all clubs to send through the dates of planned league, cup or WASPA tournaments, and even friendly club meetings, to Adrian as soon as they know them, so we can advertise the dates on the ATFA website. The more advance notice is given, the better we can promote the event which leads to a higher attendance of players.
I am really interested in getting feedback and ideas from all players throughout the year, so feel free to send me an e-mail or a Facebook message. I’d be more than happy to chat about new ideas or ways we can do things better. So I am looking forward to being in touch with as many of our players as possible this year.
I hope you all have a great year. Please let me know if you have any questions and I hope to see you all in action on the Subbuteo pitch this year.
My e-mail address is email@example.com
On behalf of the entire ATFA Board