NFNL Junior Representative Program Appointments

Published on Friday, October 12, 2018

The Northern Football Netball League is pleased to announce new staff appointments to lead the NFNL Junior Representative Programs for season 2019.

The NFNL is pleased to announce the appointments of Rick LeGassick (NFNL Junior Representative Co-ordinator) and Lisa Kankaanpaa (NFNL Junior Representative Administrator).

The NFNL would like to thank Brett Potter for his continued work and success with the program over the many years he has been involved. Due to his increased workload with the Northern Knights and Carlton he has had to step down but this has enabled the NFNL to have a look at the current structure and identify areas more support is required.

The two roles will work in unison within the program with Rick mentoring the coaches and players, and Lisa educating the volunteers (team managers, trainers) and managing the uniforms. They will work together as a formidable team as the NFNL Junior Representative Program continues to go from strength to strength every year.

On assessing the current junior representative structure the NFNL believed the workload was too much for one person, so having two people to share the workload will provide a better outcome for the program.

Rick LeGassick is currently completing his Level 2 coaching accreditation having coached junior and senior levels across the NFNL over the last 5 years. Rick has a passion to see the development of the NFNL junior players continue to improve and is excited to be able to have an influence on players and coaches in the program.

Rick can’t wait to sink his teeth into the program saying “I’m feeling both excited and privileged to be stepping into this role and help develop young footballers in the region. I’m looking forward to providing them an opportunity to train and play at an elite level while improving and enjoying their own contributions at club level.

“Coaches are a critical part of player development and I’m eager to start work with some of the best skilled coaches in the NFNL”

Lisa Kankaanpaa has previously been on the board of Yarrambat Football Club and a part of the club as an administrator over many years. Last year Lisa was involved in the NFNL junior representative program as a volunteer and it’s this experience along with many others from her club administration role which will enable her to provide support and guidance to the volunteers who will assist in the junior representative program.

Lisa is looking forward to continuing what she started last year saying “I am both honoured and excited to be working alongside Rick LeGassick and the NFNL to help develop this program for years to come. I’m particularly excited to start helping out with all the new volunteers in their roles.”

“Volunteers are essential to the smooth running of any program and truly impact the way in which programs are ran. Please feel free to approach me if you are interested in helping, as I look forward to working with you all.”

The NFNL will now look to commence coaching appointments for the 2019 Junior Representative Program.

Expression of interests for roles within the NFNL Junior Representative Program are still open. Please click here to see the positions still vacant.

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