The newly crowned premiers and champions of the Herald Women’s Premier League (WPL) New Lambton FC announced former Sydney United and Central Coast Lightning player Cas Wright as the club’s Technical Director for the 2020 season – the first-ever female to take such a role in a Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) Premier Club.
A ‘B’ Licence coach, Wright’s football knowledge is extensive following her great playing career having been Head Coach of Valentine and South Wallsend in the Herald WPL, as well as Macquarie Girls SAP and NNSWF Technical Advisor and her current role as a coach educator for Football Federation Australia (FFA).
She’ll begin her position in the coming weeks in preparation for the 2020 season and will be one of the few females across the country to hold a similar role.
New Lambton FC stated that the club were looking forward to the wealth of experience Wright will bring to the club.
“The Club is extremely excited to have Cas on board to build upon the strong development base within the Club,” said a statement made on their club Facebook page.
“While her role will primarily be guiding our Premier SAP, NEWFM Northern League One and Herald WPL teams, Cas will also work closely with Life Members Jim Foley (Director of Coaching) and Joe Stewart (Academy Coordinator) implementing the Clubs Developing Eagles Academy and ID coach education program.”
Wright said she was rather stunned at the term ‘trailblazer’ being used to describe her, but she was proud and grateful for the opportunity given to her.
“It is an amazing opportunity to grow the game in a unified approach across all sections of the game, NEWFM NL1, Herald WPL, SAP and community football within a Club that is committed to moving towards entry into the NPL,” said Wright.
“New Lambton have street cred in providing opportunities for people to participate, grow and enjoy football – look at the growth in female participation at New Lambton and their Arnett’s Program – 70 kids with special needs and disabilities and 30 on the waiting list. They are a club for the whole community.
“For any female wanting to progress in any part of the game, you just have to believe in yourself and set small goals. Work hard, be authentic and dream big.
“I have worked hard at my coaching and take on criticism and hard roles to capture the ability to learn, grow and improve on what I can deliver or support others within the sport.”
With such an expansive resume, Wright said leaning on her past experiences gives her confidence of undertaking the role with the same success she’s found in previous positions.
“I definitely draw on my working career to align my strategic moves within football,” she said.
“This definitely assisted with my four-year tenure as a Director with Central Coast Football. The alignment is very important when looking at a role such as a Technical Director.
“As a coach educator, I strongly believe that a fully educated coach, brings a whole different level and aspect to a players game. So, in conjunction with coach education and training- player development will be one of the main key focus points.
“Whilst this is a very big task, I feel the structure around and supporting the Technical Director role is strongly equipped to ensure success.”
Wright will also be beginning her ‘A’ Licence later this year.