OUR GREAT CLUB WELCOMES NEW JNR PRESIDENT
It is with great pleasure that I have accepted the role of President of the Junior Football Club and appreciate the opportunity to guide the club into the future, building upon what our past Committees have already achieved. The Maroochy Roos are the largest and most successful club within the Sunshine Coast League and has a strong and proud history. I plan to continue to build upon that success both on and off the field, by working closely with not only the committee, but the parents, the players, the League and other clubs to ensure our club continues to set the benchmark of the competition.
For those of you who do not know me, I have a strong background in AFL having played for 35 years at a number of levels including country and State Level Football in Victoria, South Australia and Queensland. I have completed an AFL Traineeship as a Professional Player, been a Junior Development Coach, Senior Assistant and Senior Head Coach and currently Head Coach of the Lions Academy Junior Summer Skills Program.
I have already enjoyed a meeting with our executive, during which we identified a number of area’s that we would like to improve and streamline. First and foremost, the development of our players, both on and off the field, must become the primary objective of our club. I am a strong believer that the Executive and General Committee members in conjunction with the coaches and parents, must do all we can to ensure the development of every individual player, and this starts with providing them the best available coaches to ensure they are getting the best instruction and support possible. The only way to ensure this occurs is to select the right coaches and provide them with significant support by way of training courses, mentoring and development. The Executive have committed to ensuring the development of our coaches, many of whom are parents and some with little practical experience or knowledge of the game.
The focus of our club as a whole must be on the development of the players both on and off the field to ensure they not only become better players, but better people. Winning must not become the focus, but a biproduct of the systems we put in place and the culture that we establish. If we develop the club as a whole, from myself down to the players, then we will be setting ourselves up for success on and off the field.
It is my intention to ensure there is transparency within the organisation. Unfortunately, in a club with around 400 players, it is not always possible to make every person or parent happy and there will be occasions where individuals will question decisions we make. Please know that these decisions are made in the best interest of our club and players and that I have an open-door policy, encouraging anyone who wishes to raise an issue or discuss any matter to contact me without hesitation. Again, I thank you for the opportunity to represent the Maroochy Roos Junior Australian Football Club as President and look forward to a successful 2019.