Northern Suburbs Football Association is pleased to announce the Coaching Scholarship winners for 2018 and its continued support for the upskilling and mentorship of our grassroots coaches.
Community Football Manager Ed Ferguson was thrilled with the amount of applicants and the level of experience across the field:
“It was fantastic to receive so many applications from coaches representing a wide range of NSFA clubs. Each applicant had a unique set of skills, with many dedicating significant time to progressing themselves as coaches and also their local club’s football programs. This year we had 21 applicants, all showing a tremendous desire to learn and develop for the better of the community and football in general.”
With over 16,400 playing members and over 1,200 coaches currently involved in 2018, a core aim of NSFA is to increase the quality of football for all players involved in the game through the continued education and investment into coaching.
Ed Ferguson continued:
“The coaching scholarships awarded are an integral investment to improving the football experience of all our members. Through the upskilling and support provided to the scholarship winners we are seeking to share and grow the amount of football educated people involved in our game at the grassroots level”.
Each successful candidate will receive the following investment to kick-start their first step into the advanced coach education pathway set out by FFA.
- Fee covered for FFA Advanced C-Licence Youth course ($1,155)
- Ongoing support from NSFA Technical Director & NSFA Community Football Manager
Each scholarship winner will also be upskilled to become an FFA MiniRoos certificate presenter, growing NSFA’s coach developer network and once again, extending the football educated community to new heights.
NSFA would like to thank all those who applied for the NSFA Coaching Scholarship and a special congratulations to the winners.
NSFA Coaching Scholarship winners for 2018 (pictured left to right):
Josh Lazarus – St Ives FC
Jack Freckelton – Lane Cove FC
Angus Swift – North Turramurra FC
Zach Morris – Northern Tigers FC & XLR8
Peter Crawford – Lane Cove FC (not pictured)
Ferguson had the following comments on each of the recipients for 2018:
Josh Lazarus – Josh has been awarded the scholarship due to his desire to improve, learn and take on new experiences within his coaching. In 2018 he has coached a range of age groups and development phases of players, taking the challenges in his stride and being a great role model for his club and the programs he has been involved in. As a teacher-in-training, Josh is also looking forward to coming on board with the coach education component of the scholarship to pass on his knowledge and experience to others throughout the association.
Jack Freckelton – Jack has had a great impact on Lane Cove FC this year, coaching within the clubs seniors and proving a valuable asset to club due to his strong beliefs in the clubs values and vision. Jack will also look to become more involved with the youth and junior teams at Lane Cove FC in 2019 as he steps up to assist Brett Jager as the second Club Coach Coordinator (CCC).
Angus Swift – Angus has been learning his trade and experienced lots of coaching over the past couple of seasons within NSFA. He has supported Mark Williams (NTFC CCC) and the club in promoting youth coach development at the club, whilst also being a big advocate of increasing participation numbers from juniors to mens and womens all age. I am looking forward to Angus’s continued contribution to the club as well as furthering his personal development.
Zachary Morris – Zach has been a common figure across the NSFA grounds for the previous five seasons, coaching with the NSFA football school (now known as XLR8), before graduating to become a Northern Tigers and Northern Lions SAP coach. Zach shows a unique ability to connect and build long lasting and beneficial relationships with his players which see’s incredible results and improvement in young minds and feet. I believe the scholarship will continue to advance Zach’s coaching ability, whilst also setting himself up nicely for the next step in his coaching journey.
Peter Crawford – Peter is a fairly new face in NSFA, working alongside Lane Cove FC in 2018, as well as playing. Peter is looking at taking on a more involved role within LCFC in 2019 to support the growth of the clubs youth/junior sides, as well as passing on his experience and knowledge as a teacher to the clubs coaching ranks.