Goalkeeper Coach Scholarship Winners Announced

The NSFA coaching department can confirm that Rohan Thomas (Kissing Point) and Rhys Rogers (XLR8) have been selected as recipients of the inaugural NSFA Goalkeeper Coaching Scholarship.

Each successful candidate will receive the following investment:

  • Fee covered for Football Australia Level 1 Goalkeeping Licence ($1,430)
  • Ongoing support from NSFA Coach Development Manager, NSFA Technical Director NSFA Community Football Manager and Northern Tigers Goalkeeping Staff

The NSFA Goalkeeping Scholarship is a new addition to the NSFA Coaching Scholarships which has been awarded over recent seasons. This new initiative targets and supports a specific area of football which NSFA believe is crucial to coach and player development across many age groups – Goalkeeping.

“This opportunity further highlights our strategic approach towards supporting a variety of coaches through investing into the continuous professional development of the Goalkeeping scholarship recipients,” commented Jake Stephenson, NSFA Coach Development Manager.

“The successful recipients will have the unique opportunity to be part of the Football Australia Level 1 Goalkeeping Licence in February 2022 – and with their learnings will subsequently become part of our NSFA Coaching Expos, adding a goalkeeping element to NSFA Coach Development. We look forward to working with them over the coming year.”

Rohan Thomas (pictured left): Kissing Point FC Goalkeeper Coach since 2019

Rohan is an excellent communicator, able to engage with an audience and give articulate instructions. Rohan acts with integrity at all times. He makes decisions in a fair and transparent manner, and it is clear that he values inclusivity and teamwork. He is always willing to give his time to support club activities such as our ‘Welcome to Football events’ for first time young footballers. As part of this work, Rohan has conducted training sessions and other activities with our Miniroos players. Rohan has also volunteered his time to conduct dedicated goal keeping training sessions for our junior players. As a coach of young players, I have seen his attentiveness, care and ability and willingness to adapt his approach to better meet the needs of those he is coaching.” – Jeremy Tucker, Kissing Point FC Vice President.

NSFA would like to acknowledge Kissing Point’s investment towards 50% of the scholarship costs.

Rhys Rogers (pictured right): XLR8 Coach since 2019

Rhys has coached extensively within the NSFA community since joining the XLR8 coaching team. First gaining experiencing at Chatswood Rangers, Rhys has coached within the SAP (U8-U11) and Youth (U12-18) age groups before furthering his development and assiting in the delivery of the XLR8 Goalkeeper Academy program the past two years.

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