Sports business entrepreneur to head up North Coast Football
THE BOARD of North Coast Football Zone has announced Paul Sullivan's appointment to a 12-month contract in the position of general manager.
Paul was instrumental in the establishment of the Coffs Harbour City Council Sports Unit and formerly served as general manager of Coffs Harbour Future Development Corporation.
Most recently, he completed a three year term with Tamworth Regional Council as Director of Business and Economic Development.
In an outstanding career in sports development and administration, he negotiated the relocation of the Wallabies to Coffs Harbour in the early part of last decade and helped bring several high profile events to the city.
These included the Socceroos Oceania Word Cup qualifiers in 2001 and the Matildas' World Cup training camp in 2007.
"I see my role as steering local football through one of the biggest growth periods the sport has seen," Paul said.
"There are three main areas which need careful input.
"A five year strategic plan, an operational plan and a commercial plan.
"Not only will this ensure we lay the foundation for the stable, sustainable growth of the game locally, but will bring confidence to the thousands of registered players on the North Coast that there is a clear direction for the game and a pathway for the best of our young talent."
NCF chairman Michael Lamont said the new appointee was the right person to take the zone into the next phase of its operation.
"Paul has extensive experience in business and sports development," he said.
"We are confident this will be the impetus for a new and exciting era which will see many benefits for the local football community."