In its current form the National Club Development Program (NCDP) has been accessible to all clubs since late in 2019. The national program is delivered by Northern NSW Football on behalf of Football Australia.
The program is a refined list of 100 questions that address the diverse goals of the game of football in Australia and proving to be crucial in the development of clubs.
“The significant difference between this program and others offered previously or externally is every question has a link to football related resources that enable clubs to build on their existing governance or structure. Many clubs have improved their operations by achieving their goals simply through engaging with the program and working through the recommended actions from the report provided .” NNSWF Club Development Officer Phillip Andrews.
Weston Junior FC is one club that has successfully used the NCDP to guide their development.
“We are a small club but ambitious. Following some committee changes we began working through the NCDP until achieving accreditation as a 5 star club early this year. We used the questions and resources to build our governance and put some strategies in place that would support our goal of growing the club and providing the best possible experience for members.” Sam Tama, President Weston Junior FC.
“2021 was a great season for us. As a club we consolidated our committee and grew our playing numbers by around 50%. Weston Junior FC achieved a major milestone by fielding an all-age women’s team for the first time and most importantly getting through the season with each of those players having a positive experience. As a club we still have a way to go in developing Varty Park into a facility that can further support the club to grow and offer access to football for even more players.” Sam Tama.
Southern Lakes United FC is another club with 5 Star accreditation that has had outstanding success in the 2021 season.
“When Adam and I got more active in running Southern Lakes United FC we met with the community football team at NNSWF to discuss the opportunities that the club were not utilizing. We wanted to grow and trusted that there was a pathway towards achieving our goals. We began working through the NCDP and pleasingly had many of the policies in place. The discussion turned to programs offered by NNSWF that we could deliver in our club.” Loren Neville Registrar Southern Lakes United FC
“In term 4, 2020 we offered a MiniRoos Kick- Off program to our community. We wanted the kids who came to try football to have a positive experience and were excited with the 32 registrations we received. More than half of those kids transitioned into MiniRoos teams with our club. At the same time we hosted a NNSWF Kick-on for Women program. From this program a group of players formed the nucleus of our first All-Age women’s team in 2021. In 2019 we had less than 100 registrations and are extremely proud to have over 200 players this season including a number of female only teams playing in the Mini-Roos age groups. We enjoy the positive relationship we have with the guys at NNSWF and value the guidance they have offered our club.” Loren Neville.
To discuss your goals and the different ways your club can achieve them, contact Northern NSW Football’s Club Development officer Phillip Andrews.