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Seeking Sports Trainers

Kingborough Lions United Football Club is on the lookout for sports trainers, both current and aspiring, to join our team and support the Club’s Women’s (WSL & U18s) and Men’s Squads (NPL & U21s) during the 2024 Season. If you’re keen to get involved but lack the necessary qualifications, the Club offers support to help you engage in the appropriate training courses.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Supporting with both training and match day preparations, including assistance at the sideline for home and away games.
  • Offering strapping and soft tissue treatments to players.
  • Collaborating within a multidisciplinary team, reporting directly to the Sports & Exercise Medicine Coordinator and Head Coaches.

Work hours range from 1 to 15 hours weekly, starting from February/March until September 2024.

The club will provide a medical kit, treatment table, and official Club apparel.

Compensation details are open for discussion.

Email Expressions of Interest to [email protected]

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Lions Appoint Cameron Heazlewood WSL Head Coach

Cameron Heazlewood

27 October 2023

Kingborough Lions United FC have appointed Cameron Heazlewood as Head Coach of the Club’s Women’s High-Performance Program, and Women’s Super League Team for the next two years.

Heazlewood is a young coach on the rise having this year coached Devonport Strikers’ NPL21’s to fourth in the League, and in 2020 was Head Coach when Launceston United won the Women’s Northern Championship. Heazlewood has also spent several years in North Queensland coaching a mix of age and genders, and is about to complete his B Licence in Queensland.

“We are particularly excited to welcome Cameron to the Den, and recognise that he is an aspiring young coach who will make a very positive contribution to our WSL squad, and of course the younger players coming through” said Brian Downes, Club President.

“I can’t wait to get started; we have a long journey to go on, which will have highs and lows, but I can’t wait to take on this challenge. We have a young squad that has a very high ceiling, and I look forward in helping to develop these players in the right way! We want to play an exciting brand of football that will hopefully get people wanting to watch. We want to create an exciting high-performance environment program that players from all clubs are welcome to join, to strive for greatness”.

“My coaching journey has taken me to the mainland, and I want to thank those who have helped develop me. Most recently, Tom and those at Devonport. I can’t wait for this new challenge and see what we can achieve” said Heazlewood.

The Club expects to announce other WSL Coaching appointments soon.

Players interested in joining the program for season 2024 should complete the Female Program EOI to be received further details.

Cameron Heazlewood Media Release

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Media Release – Lions WSL Head Coach Simon Edwards Steps Down

Simon Edwards

12 October 2023: Kingborough Lions United FC have announced that Simon Edwards, Head Coach of the Club’s Women’s High-Performance Program and WSL has stepped down as the Club prepares for the 2024 season.

Edwards, who was the architect Kingborough Lions United FC’s Women’s High- Performance Program twelve years ago has been instrumental in the development and growth in women’s football at the Club, with just under forty percent of the Club’s playing members being female. This number compares to twenty two percent nationally and around thirty percent across Tasmania.

“Simon’s contribution to women’s football in our Club has been enormous and cannot be under-stated” said Club President Brian Downes. “The leadership and inspiration Simon has provided to hundreds of players within our Women’s High-Performance Program over the past twelve years is immeasurable, and is the foundation upon which the Club is able to confidently continue to build for the future. We are very grateful to Simon and appreciate what he has achieved in service to the Club”  Downes said.

“After dedicating several years of my life to the role, I have made the difficult decision to step down from the WSL coaching role at Kingborough Lions United FC. This decision has not been made lightly, and I feel it is important to share my reasons openly and honestly.

I am proud of the program we created together – which aimed at building belief in our female athletes; to value their contribution, build confidence and honour their aspirations. Working with such passionate individuals involved in the program over the years has been a privilege. Together we have celebrated successes, shared challenges, worked to improve the program, fought to improve equity, and endeavoured to collaboratively develop powerful and confident young people capable of making their mark on our communities in years to come. The bonds we’ve formed, and the growth we’ve achieved together, are something I will always hold dear.

Over the years, I have poured my heart and soul into this club, aiming to contribute to the growth and success of both the athletes, and the organisation as a whole. During my tenure, especially in the past 3 years, I have experienced challenges, having to absorb additional roles at the club during a time of extreme growth at the club) which have impacted my ability to deliver at the standard I expect of myself for the WSL program. Following the board’s NPL/WSL season review, the club has not indicated a way forward that includes me, at this point in time, and this has resulted in my resignation from the position.

I am immensely thankful for the lessons learned, the memories made, and the opportunity to positively impact the lives of our athletes. Each day, I have been inspired by the dedication and determination of those individuals in the team, and coaching staff, that aspired to be the best they could be and aspire to perform at the standard. Thank you to all of those who have supported me and the program over the last decade

The Club will be calling for Expressions of Interest for the High-Performance and WSL Head Coach and Assistant Coach positions in the next several days.


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KLUFC Annual Dinner Season 2023

Join us for our Annual celebration of the season just completed. Awards will be presented, fun will be had.
There are limited tickets available so get in early to avoid disappointment.
Ticket price includes a 2-course meal and drinks will be for sale over the bar

The club is seeking donations for the Dinner Raffle. If you, either as a business, team or individual would like to donate a product or service to be raffled, email Cathy James, [email protected]. The raffle helps to off-set costs from the dinner – all contributions are greatly appreciated.

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Battle of Franklin Cup – Winners


Yesterday, was the inaugural “Battle of Franklin Cup”, a special “Safari Derby” to promote Prostate Cancer Awareness.
Below is the text from Rick Bennet’s Facebook page – Rick is a PC survivor and part of the cohort driving this venture that will now become locked into the NPL Calendar.

Sunday 13th of August will go down in history as the first-ever Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia Clarence Zebras FC Vs Kingborough Lions United Football Club Battle of Franklin raising awareness and funds for Prostate Cancer.

I want to thank Dean Young MP, David O’Byrne MP, Luke Edmunds MLC for Pembroke, Dean Winter MP for attending on the day and their contributions. I would also like to thank Julie Collins MP for her generous contribution. I would also like to thank Tristan of Penneyston Painting for making the cup a reality and the Tooze Family for creating the shield.

To both clubs and Football Tasmania for getting behind the event, well done. Congratulations to Kingborough United Lions who were far too strong on the day winning the first-ever Battle of Franklin 5 – 2. No doubt the Clarence Zebras will be eager to take the title from KULFC next season.

To everyone who donated to the raffle or contributed to the raffle and donations on the day, I thank you. Every dollar counts, however, every conversation regarding Prostate Cancer awareness counts even more. To my close friends and to, the committee and my friends in the community of our fantastic club Clarence Zebras, I can’t thank you enough. Brent Costelloe and Tim Paine of SEN Tassie Tubes and Woody Triple M Hobart WIN News Tasmania Nightly News 7 Tasmania for promoting and supporting the awareness of Prostate Cancer. To my fellow PC Battler Andrei Norris. We will have many years together watching this significant event grow.

Lastly, to my family Linda Bennett Mitch Bennett Alex Bennett, without your dedicated support, kindness, and encouragement for me to make this event happen, I don’t think I would have achieved it without you. The Battle of Franklin has been run and won with the significant winner being more awareness for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. I look forward to Kingborough Lions United Football Club hosting the event in 2024.

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Niki Moutsatsos relocates to The Den

Niki Moutsatsos

Kingborough Lions United FC’s head WSL Coach, Simon Edwards is introducing new faces to the WSL squad in 2023, starting with Niki Moutsatsos.

Niki has been playing the “beautiful game” since she was 10 years old. Fortunately her family moved to Canada where she discovered a love for the game. Returning to Tassie, she continued to play; playing WSL with both South Hobart and Hobart Zebras.

I’m excited to start fresh at Kingborough in what will be a massive year for female football! The women are a very positive, supportive and driven bunch and I’m looking forward to playing alongside them in 2023. Can’t wait to see what we can get out of the season! shared Niki when asked about changing clubs.

Niki is vibrant and hardworking, traits which will serve Kingborough Lions United FC well. Her fresh and positive attitude will contribute greatly to the squad and is a perfect fit for the culture here at the Den. in her “off field life”, Niki is a Teacher’s Aide. She will start her “Masters of Teaching: focus on primary teaching” in 2023. 

Welcome to the Den, Niki

Roar with the Pride!

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Sports Trainer and First Aid Opportunities – Season 2023

Sports Trainers Wanted

Kingborough Lions United Football Club (KLUFC) are a football club based in Kingston playing in the top level of competition for women’s and men’s football in Tasmania. 

KLUFC is looking for Sports Trainers to work with the WSL, WSL Development, NPL and NPL Development teams moving into the 2023 season. The Sports Trainers will be supported by the Sport & Exercise Medicine Coordinator, fellow Sports Trainers, allied health professionals, Strength & Conditioning Coach and Team Coaches. 

The responsibility of the Sports Trainer will be to aid in the care and preparation for players prior, during and after training and matches. A first aid kit will be supplied by the club. Hours of attendance can vary, with an average of 13-14 hours per week available for each team.

Training days are currently Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings/Saturday for all three teams and are subject to change in January 2023 to include Tuesday & Thursdays for some teams. Hours of availability can vary and is also up to the Sports Trainer offering their services. Remuneration is open for further discussion and volunteer roles are also available.

If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Greg Downes on 0483044620 or [email protected]

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Men’s Southern Championship Coaching Team 2023

Southern Championship Men Coaching Team for 2023

Introducing Kingborough Lions United Football Club ’s new Championship coaching team – Mick Trotter, Jamie Howell and Andy Taylor.

Mick Trotter and Jamie Howell have had close connections to Kingborough Lions United FC for many years; Mick has many years of experience. Andy has played in NPL and Champ at the Lions for the last few years and will continue to play in Champ in Season 2023. Andy will be the Team Captain.
Championship sessions start Tuesday 29 November, 6.30pm at Calvin Christian School’s Sophia St Ground. Pre-Christmas sessions will be low key – primarily ball work and small-sided games.
Pre-Season will commence 3 Jan 2023 – Tuesdays & Thursdays.
If you’re interested, contact Mick Trotter, 0417 872 119, [email protected]

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Danielle “DK” Kannegiesser & Laura Davis – back at the Den in 2023 !

Danielle “DK” Kannegiesser & Laura Davis

Having secured the services of Simon Edwards as WSL Head Coach, Kingborough Lions United FC are equally delighted to announce that DK & Laura will continue in the Lions’ WSL program for 2023.

After an injury plagued season 2022, Laura has said “I have been a Lion for ever. Where else would I play – Lightwood Park is set to be a Base Camp for the 2023 Women’s World Cup, the 3rd biggest sporting event on the planet! After this Season, I have plenty to prove. I’m fit. I’m well. I’m enjoying the pre-season. I’m ready to score goals for the Lions in 2023.”.

This will be DK’s 3rd season with the Lions, and she has some unfinished business here.

“I love this Club and I’m keen to contribute on the pitch, as well as off the pitch in supporting the coaching staff, for this to be Kingborough’s best WSL season yet. I came here on a mission and I’m still hungry to achieve that goal. I will be doing the Tasmanian Ironman in February, so fitness will not be an issue; a few tweaks to my game playing in a new role and I’ll be set to put in a winning performance,” DK commented.

With pre-season already started, contact Simon Edwards if you’re interested in joining the Senior Women’s Program at Kingborough Lions United FC – 0419 947 182.

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Kingborough Lions United FC WSL Head Coach Appointment for Season 2023

Simon Edwards and Coaching Team

Kingborough Lions United FC is thrilled to announce that Simon Edwards has been re-appointed  as  WSL Head Coach for Season 2023.

Simon will oversee the Female High Performance program at the Den. In this role he will continue to provide opportunities for talented players coming through the club’s female program and players looking to be part of a strongly supported female football environment.

In a year featuring the FIFA  Women’s World Cup we’re looking to build participation in Female Football here at the Den. With the introduction of a U18s (WSL Development) League, the completion of 8 gender-neutral (female friendly) changerooms, upgrades to Clennett’s Lightwood Park to meet FIFA standards, there could not be a more exciting time to be a Lion.

On securing the WSL Head Coach role, Simon shared: “I am excited and humbled to have the opportunity to lead KLUFC’s High Performance Women’s Program in the year that the FIFA Women’s World Cup is being played in Australia & NZ.  I  look forward to working closely with the club and coaching staff  to ensure the success of our WSL, SCW and U18 teams in 2023.  It is an exciting time to be involved in Female Football and the club –  2023 should see huge interest in Female football and it will be wonderful for our Women to experience the new FIFA standard Lightwood Park once upgrades are completed in February. “

Pre-season has commenced for WSL, SCW and U18 (WSL Development) groups.  Players interested in joining the program for 2023 should contact Simon on 0419 947 182 or complete the player’s Expression of Interest Form .