Region’s future looks bright with vision announced
SOCCER: Northern NSW Football have announced their vision for the future of football in the region until 2019.
North Coast Football president Michael Lamont said it hass been a long time coming, but the plan will set the direction of football in northern NSW.
"We haven't had a vision of where we all wanted to go and how we were going to get there for a while, so hopefully this will set a vision for the North Coast Football area and we can start to set some goals."
"We will use this plan to come up with our own plan specific to North Coast Football that has its own set of objectives and goals. It will be a business plan that will be more ours, and will align with the NNSWF strategy so there is a coherent strategy from top to bottom."
The North Coast Football board met last night for an update of the plan, but Lamont said it was too early to speculate when the plan would be finalised.
"The NNSWF CEO David Eland has offered help to each of the zones, and North Coast is one of the first cabs off the rank to get the strategic plan off the ground," he said.
The plan comes after Football Federation Australia's release of their strategic plan for the sport nationally, as part of their Whole Of Football 20 year vision, released in May last year.
Lamont said the NNSWF plan FFA's four strategic pillars, with clear goals to connect more fans with the A-League and W-League, improve the experience for all participants, build generations of successful national teams and lead towards a unity of purpose.
By 2019, some of the goals NNSWF hope to achieve include:
- 70,000 total registered players;
- Female players accounting for 25% of total registered players;
- All relevant national squads featuring players who were identified and developed in northern NSW;
- An increased percentage of locally identified players in the Jets Youth and W-League squads;
- 350 active and accredited advanced coaches throughout northern NSW;
- A formalised relationship with the Newcastle Jets;
- 80% of registered players throughout northern NSW identifying as Newcastle Jets fans.
As part of the NNSWF strategic plan, the goal is for football to become the largest and most popular sport in the region.