Football NSW has announced the appointment of David Plowright as the new Community Futsal Coordinator.
The newly created role will focus on developing futsal across a number of priorities including local centres, schools, coach education and player pathways from grassroots to Premier League/State League clubs and State representative teams.
David will also be part of the Football NSW Futsal Standing Committee and FFA Futsal National Working Group, developing strategies to further grow the sport in New South Wales and Australia.
David has been an employee of Football NSW for 4 years, in which he has been responsible for the Futsal Schools Regional & State Championships, and also Local Futsal Centres. Participation rates have soared from 8,000 players in 2012 to over 10,500 players in 2016 for the Futsal Schools Championships, whilst the number of affiliated Local Futsal Centres has doubled from 17 in 2015/16 to 35 in 2016/17. David has played futsal in Football NSW’s Premier League, as well as Australia’s national futsal championship, the F-League, whilst also a member of the New Zealand futsal national team. He is an AFC qualified futsal coach, and also an FFA community futsal coach presenter.
David is incredibly excited to begin the new role and work with the passionate futsal stakeholders of New South Wales.
“I am incredibly honoured to have been offered this opportunity and extremely happy that Football NSW have identified futsal as a key strategic priority.”
“I am incredibly impressed by the knowledge and passion of the futsal community I have got to know in the 4 years I have been in Australia and their input will be key in ensuring the game reaches its potential within this country.”
David sees providing the high number of participants in schools a pathway to local centres and clubs as a key priority.
“The number of participants within our schools competition shows the popularity and potential boom for further futsal opportunities. Providing a link from our schools to our local centre competitions, as well as our elite programs in Premier/State League will ensure we see a repeat of such successes like at the 2017 FFA Futsal National Championships.”
David also hopes to work with the FFA more collaboratively for the future of futsal development in the country.
“We have seen in many major footballing nations that a strong futsal program greatly assists football also. Socceroos such as Tom Rogic and Nick Carle played futsal when they were younger and credit a major part of their development to the sport. With the fantastic success that the Futsalroos have earned at the past two World Cups, Australia has shown, with the right support, they can be a futsal powerhouse.”