Northern NSW Football is delighted to announce Ryan Doidge has been appointed to the new position of Talented Player and Coach Development Manager.
The role reports to NNSWF Head of Football Development Peter Haynes, with Doidge to oversee the talented player pathway and all coach education across northern NSW.
The extensive recruitment process also included a practical assessment.
Doidge is accredited by Asian Football Confederation and Football Australia to deliver B and C advance coach accreditation courses and has earned an AFC A coaching licence.
He has also completed a Bachelor of Science in Sport, Health, Exercise Science and Coaching.
Doidge has held previous roles with New York Red Bulls, Western Sydney Wanderers, North Shore Mariners, Northbridge Bulls and Dee Why FC and will now transition to a leading role with a member federation.
Talented Player and Coach Development Administrator Rebecca Nee will support Doidge in the role from an administrative perspective.
Doidge will start in his new role on 7 July, with regional visits and a review of the Junior Development League to be prioritised.
Doidge said his key responsibility would be to improve opportunities for players and coaches within the region.
“A key focus for me will be to provide clear pathways into the A-League Men’s, A-League Women’s and national teams set ups while also developing our own coaches within our region and increase the number of qualified coaches,” Doidge said.
“I firmly believe that in being able to deliver quality advanced licences and coach support we can improve our coaches and in turn create a better environment for our players.
“I hope to be able to create a reputation among coaches and players in our area that the support we can provide to these stakeholders is world class. Making coach support accessible for all coaches and providing opportunities to learn, grow and develop will be at the forefront of our plan.
“I am looking forward to working hard to provide opportunities for both coaches and players for the betterment of the game that we love. I am truly passionate about development and I hope that comes across to those that I work with over the coming years.”
NNSWF CEO David Eland congratulated Doidge on his appointment and extended his appreciation to Haynes and former FA Head of Community Coach Education Les Bee for serving on the interview panel.