The new National Club Development Program (NCDP), aimed at assisting club administrators at a grassroots level, was successfully launched by FFA last week.
Designed in collaboration with the nine member federations, the NCDP is an enhanced version of the previous National Club Accreditation Scheme (NCAS), introduced in 2012.
The NCDP will provide a framework for community-based football clubs, in order to help them enhance and maintain standards for the benefits of all members.
FFA Chief Executive David Gallop AM believes the new program will help grow the game from the grassroots level up.
“FFA is delighted to launch the National Club Development Program and thanks everyone in the game who contributed to its development,” Gallop said.
“Community-based clubs play a key role in the success of football in Australia, and we believe that this new program will maintain and enhance their journey and the continued development of the grassroots game.”
He added that the blueprint for the program was based off the Club Ambassador Program developed by Football Victoria.
“The framework for the program has been built on the overwhelming success of Football Victoria’s Club Ambassador Program, which saw 95% of 350 clubs participate,” Gallop said.
“FFA congratulates Football Victoria and the clubs on their work in this space.”
The new program provides clubs with an on-line development platform, which allows them to answer a series of specific questions pertaining to different facets of their football club. The aims of this platform are to:
- Improve processes and controls of affiliated community clubs
- Assist member federations and governing bodies to better support clubs
- Improve the efficiencies of the sport
- Establish benchmarks of success across Australia
- Improve player retention
The topics covered within the program will be accompanied by an on-line resource library that will provide clubs with the tools to up-skill and offer assistance from their governing body.
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