If you were to ask a club volunteer – perhaps before the interruption of COVID-19 – what were the two most important issues for their club, many would say guaranteeing player retention and ensuring their club runs smoothly and professionally.
The Football Federation Australia National Club Development Program is helping clubs do just that and much more.
The NCDP is allowing clubs to thrive and set themselves up for long-term future success and sustainability.
The program was designed to bring all clubs in line with industry standards to continue building the future of football.
The NCDP was launched nationally in September 2019 and is available to all Northern NSW Football clubs. Nineteen NNSWF clubs have already completed the program with a number of others working through the process.
Several clubs have already been successful making progress, with Hunter Valley Football club Thornton Junior FC attaining five-star status earlier this year. North Coast Football club Coffs City United FC and Newcastle Football club Raymond Terrace SC have also attained four-star status.
Another two clubs with success worthy of celebration include North Coast Football’s Sawtell FC and Football Mid North Coast’s Tinonee Soccer Club. These clubs achieved 4-star ratings with their initial application to the NCDP and have worked through their action plans to resubmit and gain a 5-star rating. These clubs are the first clubs in their zones to achieve a 5-star rating, joining five other NNSWF clubs in reaching this milestone.
The program is evidence-based and was trialed extensively in other areas of Australia for two years.
It involves 100 questions that require simple Yes or No responses, with a help button that links to a resource library provided alongside every question. The library provides the resources required for improvement and every question has a role in developing a successful football club considering the strategic objectives of FFA and NNSWF.
NNSWF administers the NCDP on behalf of FFA, with NNSWF Club Development Officer Phillip Andrews available to guide clubs through the program.
The NCDP has a number of benefits for community clubs including helping to raise governance standards with improved processes and controls with a focus on player and volunteer retention and recruitment.
The program also assists Member Federations and governing bodies to better support clubs, improve the efficiencies of the sport and establish benchmarks for success across the country.
Access to the National Club Development Program is one of many benefits of association for Northern NSW Football member clubs.
For assistance in achieving your accreditation and bettering your club, contact NNSWF club development officer Phillip Andrews via email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 02 4941 7206.
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