TAMWORTH FC’s meteoric rise up the footballing ranks took another major turn this week when the progressive club appointed a coaching co-ordinator.
Matt Endemi has been enlisted to help look after the 21 junior teams now in the club and coach the various junior coaches.
A player “all my life”, he also branched out into coaching in recent seasons and last year was at the helm of the Northern Inland Under 12 girls’ side that won a State Championship at Coffs Harbour.
“He’ll be looking after the players and parents, making sure they are are better prepared,” Tamworth FC founder Wayne May said.
“It’s probably a first in Tamworth for a club to have a paid coaching co-ordinator.
“It’s not bad for a club that started with three teams in 2008.”
From those three teams, Tamworth FC has grown to 25 in 2014 – 21 junior teams and four senior sides.
May will run the senior teams and hopes to make it a hat-trick of NIF Premier League wins this season after annexing the last two Premier League first grade titles.
“Matt’s all about putting something back in,” May said.
“We want to help the coaches by starting up some programs.”
Endemi is enthusiastic and keen to start too.
The last six years he’s been involved in coaching so this is a nice progression for him as well.
He’ll have around 20 coaches to work with.
“Macca and Wayne asked me if I’d like to do it,” he said of May and club sponsor Darren MacKenzie.
“I jumped at it.
“It’s a huge step for a club to have a co-ordinator come in.
“The first thing I want to do is to educate the coaches, coach the coaches.
“We have to go to the grass roots and help them prepare their sessions better.
“It’s important to ensure the kids learn better and important we make sure they all have fun.”
Joblink Plus has also come on board as junior sponsor for the club.