Rowe to lead NCF

North Coast Football president, Peter Rowe.
North Coast Football president, Peter Rowe.

PETER Rowe has become the new President of North Coast Football Zone following his nomination and election on Wednesday evening.

This follows the departure of President Chris Eddy who had held the position for a number of years.

The Coffs Coast Advocate’s Chief Of Staff brings to the position a wealth of experience, having previously held the position of Director of Communications for the English Football League and worked as CEO of professional English club Swindon Town FC.

North Coast Football’s Operations Manager Bob Harris said that everyone was excited about working with the new President.

“Peter will replace Mr Chris Eddy who resigned last month due to increasing work commitments and Chris is a life member of NCF and while we all wish him well in his ‘retirement’ I am sure we all welcome Peter to his new role,” Mr Harris said.

The new President said he was looking forward to the new challenge.

“It is an honour to be elected to the presidency of North Coast Football Zone and I will work hard to lift both the standard and the profile of the game in this area,” he added.

Rowe says part of the immediate work to be done is raising the standard of facilities clubs are currently using, especially in light of recent reports that there is a shortage of floodlit grounds for training.

“In one way it is a symptom of the game becoming so popular that we are struggling to find enough room for everybody but it also means we have to lobby for better facilities for every club,” Rowe said.

The new President feels that the goal should be even greater than improving the current facilities.

“Ultimately I would like to see us purchase our own ground and office building and develop our own Centre of Excellence for local footballers,” he added.

“We are intent on provide a clear and accessible pathway for local players to travel on their way up to national representation but that starts with us having the right facilities here.”

Lofty goals indeed for the local organisation, which appears to be in good hands.