Northern NSW Football has appointed a dedicated Football Development Officer to service the Northern Region of the State in recognition of the continued growth of football in the area.

Rob Clarke commenced with Northern NSW Football on Monday and is spending his first week at the Northern NSW Football Head Office at Hexham prior to working from a centralised location in Coffs Harbour from next week.

From his Coffs Harbour base, Clarke will service the Far North Coast, North Coast, Mid North Coast and Inland regions, to compliment the support provided by Peter Haynes, who fills a similar role in Newcastle, servicing the Newcastle, Hunter, Lake Macquarie and Taree/Forster areas. 

Clarke has been involved in coaching and development for over 20 years, covering both junior and senior football, as well as youth development and representative programs including National Championships, most recently coaching the Tasmanian Under-15 and Under-17 Girls at the 2007/8 Championships in Coffs Harbor.

“I’m really looking forward to the challenge of working full-time in community football,” Clarke said.

“This is a very proactive region and I couldn’t have asked for a better area.

“My aim will be to be as supportive as possible to all the associations to assist them in facilitating the continued growth of the game.”

Football Manager for Northern NSW Football David Smith said the position will allow Northern NSW Football to continue to enhance the servicing of club coaches and players in the Northern NSW area through the provision of a ‘hands-on’ role on the ground delivering immediate access to coaching and development resources.

“Rob’s role is a vital one in extending our Community Football role currently supplied by Peter Haynes in the southern regions of Northern NSW and taking this across the remainder of the State’s north,” Smith said.

“Both roles will work co-operatively with the FFA’s newly appointed Regional Participation Manager for Northern NSW, Keen Marshall, to provide an array of resources for coaches, support staff and players alike.”