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Coffs United and never ending chase for excellence

July 6th, 2021

Coffs City United is one of the benchmark clubs in North Coast Football – and appropriately, have just gained a gold standard rating from NNSW Football.
The elusive and final ‘fifth star’ for Coffs has been confirmed – and they join an elite membership along with Nambucca Strikers and Sawtell to have gained the top ranking under the National Club Development Program (NCDP).
To raise the overall standard of club administration and operations at all levels of the game, Football Australia established the NCDP which provides a clear model to develop and maintain a successful football club.
In truth, the elements required for United to reach the top rung were already there – just some paperwork needed to be addressed.
“We should have been at five stars for a long time,” explained club president Jodi Wood, “we just had to upload some documents and I had to write an annual report.
“Our previous secretary did a lot of work to get us to four stars.”
Not that Coffs United will be sitting on their laurels, as Jodi said the runaway leaders in the Coastal Premier League have fresh climbs in sight.
“We’d like to get more volunteers. Our committee do a lot and some have given 30 years of service to the club so we need to look at succession planning,” Jodi said.
COVID has made engagement with the wider community a challenge – as it has for all clubs on the volunteer recruitment front.
“We also want to continue the good work on female registrations which are up something like 20 per cent this year,” Jodi said.
“We want to create that pathway into a strong women’s side and build that back up.”
In her third year at the helm, and fifth as club registrar, Jodi also has a pet ambition.
“I’m personally passionate about financial assistance to bring young people into our game,” she said, instancing a couple of local schools where students for a number of reasons haven’t come onboard.
“Maclean Street is filled every day of the week with people playing football, but we don’t see them in uniform,” Jodi said.
To that end, the club is exploring dropping registration fees to reach out to youngsters in the local refugee community and those from a lower socio-economic background.

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