Ballarat Soccer Club connects to NBN

Optus's Salvi Veca, far right, runs soccer club members Nicholas Hontzogloy, Tina Verhey, Emmanuel Hontzogloy, Caelen Harmer, Cameron Grant and Henry North through the benefits of NBN.

Optus's Salvi Veca, far right, runs soccer club members Nicholas Hontzogloy, Tina Verhey, Emmanuel Hontzogloy, Caelen Harmer, Cameron Grant and Henry North through the benefits of NBN.

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Ballarat Soccer and Sports Club is enjoying the benefits of NBN technology.

The club has partnered with NBN provider Optus to upgrade its internet access to coincide with the rollout of the high-speed technology in the district.

Ballarat Optus store manager Salvi Veca said the club was the ideal community partner for the initiative because it brought together so many families from across the district.

“We often get questions from customers asking what the NBN is all about. What better way to demonstrate the benefits of the NBN than partnering with such a vital part of our local community,” Mr Veca said.

Optus upgraded internet and media technology at the club’s rooms in Trekardo Park so club members could see the benefits of the NBN.

The club was also provided with an unlimited phone and broadband bundle.

Club president Tina Verhey said the club was run by a group of volunteers, who often put in 10-hour days at weekends and the new equipment would streamline their workload.

The club, the largest amateur soccer club in the district, has eight competitive teams and 10 non-competitive teams in the Ballarat and District Soccer Association competition. Players range in age from five to 55.

She said the improved technology would enable volunteers to upload team scores and information to the club’s website as soon as games finished. Parents, she said, were using their own phones, computers and data to help manage the club on a daily basis.

“This will ease the load for parents who would have otherwise gone home after a big day at the games to sort through scores and then upload online. We can now access our website at the games and put the results up first-hand while there. We can now do things a lot quicker and efficiently.”

Ms Verhey said the NBN technology was also making it easier for the club to update its social media content, access fixture information, maintain player registration status and communicate more easily on game days.

“Because we are spaced out across two large areas and divided by a busy road having the phone will also enable us to communicate with the canteen more easily and on a regular basis.”

To find out when NBN will be arrive in your area visit www.optus.com.au/nbn.

* This article has been written by a Fairfax Media journalist as part of a commercial agreement between Fairfax Media and Optus.

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