Australia’s elite global footballers to benefit from digitally-led nutrition support

Football Australia today announced that it has extended and expanded its partnership with Compeat Nutrition – an innovative company that is revolutionising nutrition centred healthcare in performance sports and the general population – through to August 2022.   

The partnership supports Football Australia’s endeavours to provide world class environments and support to Australia’s national team players to help them cope with performance expectations and improve holistically as athletes and people during and after their careers.

As part of the partnership, footballers in each of Australia’s women’s and men’s national football teams – from the Westfield Junior Matildas and Joeys to the Westfield Matildas and Socceroos – can have access to Compeat Nutrition’s digital platform, with scaled levels of support to athletes via virtual meetings and one-on-one consultations.

The platform – which has been designed to deliver scientific and proven dietetic advice in an environment that builds resilience, helps forge good habits and ensures a truly individualised solution – removes the barriers of geography and time to ensure that Australian football’s elite global player base have real-time access to 24-7 nutritional support.

Football Australia High Performance Coordinator, Andrew Clark, explained that Compeat Nutrition has provided nutritional support to the Westfield Matildas, Westfield Young Matildas, and Future Matildas for the past two years, and following positive feedback and outcomes the platform has been expanded to a larger pool of players across female and male programs.

“We’ve witnessed some encouraging results and received some positive feedback from our women’s national team players since the platform was introduced to them two years ago,” Clark explained. “In partnership with Compeat Nutrition, we’ve now taken the opportunity to extend the support to a larger pool of players based at clubs in Australia, Asia, Europe, and North America, ensuring that they can access nutritional support regardless of what time zone they are in.”

“We’re always striving to find ways that we can support players while at their clubs, in preparation for their national team duties, and in international qualification and tournament mode. This service will assist many Australian footballers to develop healthy nutritional habits that they can use throughout their careers and in life after football.”  

Compeat Nutrition co-founder and leading performance dietitian, Alicia Edge, said Football Australia’s digitally focused approach to supporting footballers based all over the globe was a progressive move that can lead to individual and team performance benefits. 

“Football Australia is focused on delivering the best nutritional outcomes and support for their athletes,” Edge said.

At Compeat Nutrition, we are deeply honoured to have the opportunity to partner with Football Australia in helping Australia’s best footballers at different stages in their careers to better train, compete and recover through their nutritional intake.”

“It is so gratifying to build a supportive, mobile environment that Australia’s elite footballers can take with them no matter where they go in the world. By engaging with Compeat, athletes will receive comprehensive education and sustained awareness of the impact of nutrition and wellbeing on performance that is vital for individual and team success at international level,” she said.