Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) is delighted to announce that Football Federation Australia media officer Ben O’Neill will be the next presenter of its FREE online Newcastle Permanent Volunteer Masterclass series.
A number of free workshops scheduled for this year had to be cancelled due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. So NNSWF and Newcastle Permanent, our major partner of community football, took the opportunity to move the Volunteer Masterclass series online.
O’Neill, a product of the Hunter Valley who fell in love with football playing for Lochinvar Rovers as a six-year-old, will lead his virtual session on Tuesday, 2 June.
The session will be titled Media Matters: Concepts to help clubs of all shapes and sizes tell their story. In particular, the session will focus on how clubs can create a profile and great content for their social media platforms, keep members and the community engaged with their club and engage young and aspiring media professionals to help them develop their media outputs.
O’Neill joined FFA in August, 2017, working across the Federation broadly but also with Australia’s national teams. He worked with the Socceroos at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and the 2019 AFC Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates.
He also worked for the Matildas at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.
Before joining FFA, O’Neill spent six seasons working in the media space in the Hyundai A-League. First at Central Coast Mariners from 2011 to 2015 then with the Newcastle Jets from 2015 to 2017.
NNSWF Head of Football Development Peter Haynes said he was thrilled to have secured O’Neill as the second online Volunteer Masterclass series presenter.
“Ben has gained a lot of professional experience in his field, not just in the Hyundai A-League but also with FFA and the Socceroos,” Haynes said.
“As well as being a local boy, Ben has so much knowledge that our volunteers will be able to tap into and use to benefit their own clubs.”
NNSWF plan to announce a number of additional workshops which will feature more reputable special guests from across the region, country and globe delivering sessions to help community volunteers improve their skills.
Newcastle Jets player Kaine Sheppard was the first special guest in the series earlier this month.
The workshops are designed to be fun and practical where participants can engage and learn from mentors who have ample experience in their field.
What: Newcastle Permanent Volunteer Masterclass Series
Topic: Media Matters – concepts to help clubs of all shapes and sizes tell their story
Who: Ben O’Neill – FFA media officer
When: Tuesday, 2 June 2020
Time: 7.00pm AEST
Register: click here
Registrations close: 5pm, Monday 1 June, 2020
Note: Places strictly limited to 90 participants. Link to Zoom webinar will be sent directly to registered attendees prior to the webinar.