2018 has been another positive year for the NSFA. We have made real progress with our four pillars of success in Towards 2020: The NSFA Strategic Plan – Community Football Experience, Facilities, Pathways, and Creativity & Innovation.
New competition formats were introduced for many of our players and these improved the quality of the competitions as well as the number of competitive matches available to players. There was also a larger number of night games during the winter season, both midweek and on weekends, this year. The NSFA coaching team continued to develop resources and support for coaches and players, with many clubs taking advantage of the Inspire and XLR8 programs. The targeted promotion of girls’ football continued, and the Skellern Cup, in its second year, proved to be a great success with over 500 girls taking part. In terms of facilities, the NSFA continues to work pro-actively to improve facilities across all local government areas in our Association. We are also moving closer towards developing a home of football that we can all share.
We saw progress again this year in our representative club, the Northern Tigers, with the women competitive in NPL1 and the men in NPL2. The introduction of the Super League format into the Under 12 to Under 16 mixed competition age groups proved very successful and we are hopeful it will provide a stronger pathway for our juniors into representative football. The Super League will be extended into Under 18s in 2019. The Diamond League continues to be a positive way to develop footballers and provide a similar pathway into representative football for girls.
I would like to thank the NSFA staff for their efforts this year, in particular their support for innovations in processes. I would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the outstanding job done by the NSFA CEO, Malcolm Waldock. His expertise and dedication to the NSFA has enabled us to make fantastic progress this year across the Association.
As for you, the volunteers, I would like to thank you for all hours you put in and the passion you show for community football. The hard working volunteers across the member clubs are what make it possible for our community to experience the joy of football.
I would also like to express profound thanks to the Board Directors: Hilary Bingham, Lee Sullivan, Brett Backhouse, Simon Cox, Mick Da Silva, Jack Richardson and Sarah Jenkins. The Board members are diligent, hard-working and committed volunteers who have worked together as a strong and cohesive team to ensure that we realise the vision we share.
Dr Ian Plant
Chair, NSFA Board of Directors
This report is part of the 2018 NSFA Annual Report – view the full document here.