The ESFA staff have increased in number for season 2016 and we are pleased to welcome our newest team members, Adam Cummins in his role as MiniRoos Coordinator and Jaime Gomez in his role as Technical Director (coaching).
Adam may already be familiar to some of our football community through his role as Roving MiniRoos Hub Coordinator last season which holds him in great stead to understand the facets of MiniRoos football.
Jaime of course for those who remember was involved administratively with Sydney Uni FC before moving onto FFA and returning to the grassroots side of football which fundamentally is the most important of all.
With both new staff members being already familiar with the ESFA football community, we asked them a few questions so our community can be more familiar with them!
Tell us Adam about your professional background?
The bulk of my experience lies in event management - specifically business development. Upon completing a Bachelor of Commerce (Sports Management) in 2014, I began working casually as the MiniRoos Hub Coordinator with ESFA in early 2015, where I developed a passion for player development and a desire to foster an enduring love of football amongst the games greatest advocates - it's juniors.
What do you think you will be able to bring to your role as MiniRoos Coordinator and how do you see the future of ESFA with the implementation of this role?
As both a fan and a player (including representing both NSW and Australia in Futsal), I have enjoyed a life-long involvement in football. It is this love of the game that drives my ambition to contribute to it's continued growth.
An understanding of the business of sport is becoming increasingly important as associations strive to provide greater value for their members. With many years of experience in a corporate environment, as well as a comprehension of the wider issues facing community sporting organisations, I am well placed to contribute to the strong governance that ESFA have provided in recent years.
With players in the 5-11 year old age group making up almost half of all registered players in NSW, the importance of the MiniRoos program in introducing new participants to the game cannot be understated. It is a continued emphasis by ESFA in this area that will see the game grow at all levels into the future.
How important is football to you Adam?
Football has taught me many lessons that I continue to refer back to in my daily life, including: working as a member of a team; graciously accepting life's wins and losses; never being afraid to make a change when something isn't working; and most significantly - the importance of enjoying what you do.
What's your motto/mantra?
“When you are not practicing, someone somewhere is practicing and when you meet him, he will win.” Ed Macauley.
Jaime, what can you tell us about your professional background?
I currently hold a Coaching B-License and am in final stages of completing my A-License. I have worked with FFA National teams over ten years and most recently as video analysis for the Matildas and Young Socceroos. My CV currently includes being head coach of Football NSW NTC Girls team and have also coached for NPL teams Suthers Sharks FC and APIA Leichhardt.
What do you think you will be able to bring to your role as Technical Director and how do you see the future of ESFA with the implementation of this role?
The experience and knowledge brought can now be passed on to the Clubs. With ESFA having someone available to Clubs as a resource, it will hopefully support Clubs in assisting their coaches in planning seasons and sessions. The role will also drive the focus further on coach education down through FFA, Football NSW and now through ESFA, to pass onto its members for Clubs positive benefits in the future.
Our first task is to ensure the needs of Clubs in accrediting all their coaches through coaching courses, is met immediately and to meet with all Club Coaching Directors.
How important is football to you Jaime?
Football is everything! I have dedicated my career to it. It allows me to connect with friends, continually learn new things and watch players grow.
What's your motto/mantra?
“Finding good players is easy. Getting them to play as a team is another story.’’ Casey Stengel
The ESFA team is complete for season 2016 and roles streamlined as follows:
General Manager: Aaron Dibdin
Competitions Coordinator: Adrian Larson
MiniRoos Coordinator Coordinator: Adam Cummins
Referees Coordinator, Judiciary and
Communications (sponsorship/website/newsletter): Caroline Oakes-Ash
Technical Director: Jaime Gomez
Accounts Officer: Dennis Cardakaris
Both Adam and Jaime will be communicating with all Clubs shortly and look forward to the challenges and the season ahead.
“The achievements of an organisation are the results of the combined effort of each individual.” Vince Lombardi