Tom Scully - 2009 #1 Draft Pick
"My decision to join the team at Velocity Sports was an easy one. It was such a relief to have my management team in place early so I could focus on my last year at school and playing footy with Dandenong and Victoria. I know that I can go to them for help with anything, footy related or not, and having people like Alastair Lynch available for advice whenever you need it makes being a first year AFL player much easier."
Chris McQueen - South Sydney
"I really appreciate the assistance the staff at Velocity Sports Management have given me. They have not only looked after my football interests, but have also assisted me away from football. They are so supportive and accessible whenever I require their assistance. They keep in regular contact with me, not just at contract time. They are so easy to talk with if I have any issues. I have no hesitation in recom mending their services."
Josh Drummond - Brisbane Lions
"The great thing about Velocity Sports is the fantastic people they have involved in the company. They are there to answer your calls for help, from financial issues to help finding a house or car. Alastair Lynch offers advice about on-field issues and how best to cope with the pressures of being an elite athlete. Their personal approach and willingness to help, no matter how big or small the problem is the main thing that sets them apart from the rest."
Helen Dixon - mother of Charlie Dixon (Gold Coast Suns)
"For the twelve months leading up to Charlie be the first signing with the new GC17 team, Velocity Sports has played an important part in our son's success both on and off the field. We would have no hesitation in recommending Velocity Sports to any players/parents thinking of making the move to pursue their football to that next level."
Mitch Robinson - Carlton
"Being a new player in the AFL system you want to have everything on and off the field taken care of, so you can focus on what is really important. That's where Velocity Sports come in and share my work load. During my debut year at Carlton FC, the professionalism and requirements of AFL was very new to me. Moving over from Tasmania was a big step and a learning experience in my life. Having someone who knows the high and lows of managing new players definitely made the transition a lot easier. I can rely on Velocity Sports for a whole variety of needs; my manager is just a phone call away."
AFL Queensland - Richard Griffiths, CEO
"Velocity Sports in conjunction with AFL Queensland conducted the highly successful Queensland Australian Football Hall of Fame in October 2008.
AFL Queensland appointed Velocity Sports as the event manager and undertook all of the planning and pre event preparation including venue hire, food and beverage, audio visual, entertainment, guest lists and invitations, and all promotions leading into the event. In addition they developed a comprehensive memorabilia catalogue for event and post event sales.
The event attracted in excess of 700 guests at a gala black tie function and was regarded by many as the most significant and successful night celebrating Australian football in Queensland ever. There is no question that the success of the event was due to the commitment, attention to detail and professionalism of the Velocity Sports staff.
Velocity Sports have demonstrated the capacity to manage large scale events that meet customer and client expectations, delivered to budget and with post event review and analysis. AFL Queensland has no hesitation in recommending Velocity Sports for your next major event or function."
The Courier Mail - Brian Bourke, Sports Editor
"Just a short note to congratulate you on the wonderful AFLQ Team of the Century concept and dinner. It was one of the best events I have been to - and I've been to plenty Seriously, you are to be commended for the enormous amount of time and effort put into a great project, which culminated in a fantastic night. It has been the talk of the town."
From Simon Gorr - AFL
On Velocity Sports' market research into AFL on the Gold Coast: "The research has been of great benefit without respect to our decision-making ... it has been important in learning more about the Gold Coast population and planning our future strategic direction in the region ... it was delivered in a timely manner, with professional service ... your flexible approach allowed us to adapt and re-direct the project as we required".
From Scott Derwin, CEO of Basketball Australia
On Basketball Australia and NBL report: "Basketball Australia commissioned Velocity Sports to undertake some comprehensive market research for our sport. This involved widespread communication and consultation with numerous stakeholders and others. The result was the production of a detailed analysis of where our sport is at, which will set the blueprint for an all encompassing national marketing plan. Velocity's work was of high quality and met agreed timeframes and budgets"
Carlton Football Club - Rod Ashman, Player Mentor and Development Manager
"I would like to pass onto you my thanks and congratulations for the educational and highly informative "Risky Business" presentation that your company gave to our players early this month . The presentation was very appropriate for a group of young, male, elite athletes and served to remind them of appropriate social responsibilities and behaviours that they should exhibit when confronted by a variety of social and public situations . I would have no hesitation n recommending this seminar to other similar sporting institutions that may be considering participation in the program."
AFL Queensland - Martin King, Football Operations Manager
"In April 2007 AFL Queensland State League clubs participated in the Risky Business Seminar conducted by Velocity Sports. Over 250 of our elite players gave of their time and attention to a session we believe to be a vital part of the education of young athletes in social awareness and consequential responsibility. The session was not only informative but also very illustrative which is critical when broaching the contents of this program with our particular demographic. The feedback received from individuals and clubs has been very supportive and we view it not as a duty or obligation but as a short and long term investment in our current and future participants."
Australian Baseball Federation - Brett Pickett, High Performance Manager
"As part of our commitment to our overall Athlete Welfare program, we utilised the services of Velocity Sports to deliver their Risky Business Seminar to our National Baseball Squad. Their unique delivery methods, using an ex profile athlete, a criminal lawyer and a police officer, were very effective in making our athletes very much aware of the risks they faced in the broader social community and the consequences they may suffer as a result of unacceptable behaviour. The mix of experience and expertise of the seminar panel ensured that our athletes attention was focused on the presentation and that all of the facts were absorbed. I'd have no hesitation recommending the Risky Business Seminar to any sporting organisation wishing to protect both their athletes and their corporate brand."
Deputy Principal - Brisbane School
"The presentation had a profound effect on the students and supervisors. Some parents contacted the college wanting to know more after their sons spoke to them about the presentation."
Broadbeach Football Club - Bob Walters, Club Development Manager
After the club signed a $25million joint venture project with AFL club North Melbourne Kangaroos as part of a strategic plan driven by Velocity Sports' Murray Bird and undertaken via a State Government grant sourced by Velocity Sports: "Velocity Sports did a great job with our strategic plan. They helped us get the State Government grant to undertake the project and then did a thorough job in facilitating the planning process for us. In the end, one of the key outcomes was the decision for us to pursue a strategic alliance with the Kangaroos. It may well be the most important decision the club has ever made."
AFL Gold Coast Juniors - Ian Barfoot, President
"Your assistance in preparing the (successful) grant proposal that enabled us to undertake a comprehensive consultation process with our stakeholders was professional and well administered. The facilitation process employed by you and the other team members at Velocity Sports during the consultation process that was integral to the development of our strategic plan was well received by all of our stakeholders, including the AFL and the Kangaroos."
Training & Education
Townsville City Council - Elissa Hurley, Sport and Recreation Project Officer
Townsville City Council engaged Velocity Sports to facilitate the following workshops in 2008:
Fundraising and Sponsorship
How to Prepare a Business Plan
Velocity Sports presented clear and informative discussions based on the subject. Non-profit organisations and volunteers who attended the workshops were provided with useful notes which assisted their members to gain a clear understanding and enable them to deal with issues they may face in their organisation.
Western Bulldogs - James Fantasia, General Manager Football
"The Western Bulldogs have been using the rotation software supplied by Velocity Sports. This technology has been extremely useful in managing our player rotations and identifying players that have reached maximum efforts and require interchanging. We have found this software to be a very practical tool in assessing and managing our player movements, ultimately having a very positive effect on our performance. We would have no hesitation in recommending this technology to any team sport requiring the monitoring of its athlete's game time."
Claremont Football Club - Dean Horsington, Football Operations Manager
"The Claremont Football Club has found the rotation system very beneficial and easy to set up, and very user friendly. Rotations have become a big part of the game and with this system in place our rotations have become more precise, and most importantly a coaching tool that we feel gives us a competitive advantage."
Redland Football Club - Craig Millar, Club Development Manager
"Redland FC used the Flaik Rotations Software in 2009 and 2010 to great effect. It helped us manage the players in a way that gave us a distinct advantage over our opponents on match day. It also assisted us in managing the players' workload as the season wore on. It was simple to use and we needed just one volunteer and a laptop to administer it. Highly recommended - a great tool to get the best out of your players."
Brisbane Lions - Michael Voss, Coach
"The Brisbane Lions have used the Flaik Rotations Software for the last three years. It is an important part of our management of player workloads throughout the season and within individual matches. It is simple to use and easy to understand. It serves our needs very well."