North Coast Football last week announced the retirement of Michael Lamont, who has served as the President of the association since October 2012, and has held a position within the organisation since it’s inception.
Mr Lamont has served his four years as President and will take a well earned break though he admits he won’t be able to stay away from football for long.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with Holiday Coast Soccer, then with North Coast Football over the years” remarked Mr Lamont.
“I really enjoyed working with the Board on the big picture issues to help the game grow and prosper. I will certainly miss the interaction and friendship I have with the Board members and staff as well as amongst the clubs.”
North Coast Football General Manager Reuben Robertson reflected on Mr Lamont’s leadership “My first meeting with Michael was when he and Wendy Schafer interviewed me for the position of General Manager.”
“At that time, he came across as a very relaxed and jovial gentleman and nothing I have seen since that time has changed this opinion. Michael has always had the very best interests of our sport and North Coast Football at heart, so while he deserves a bit of time to himself, he will be missed.”
Mr Lamont started at North Coast Football in 2004, taking the position of Junior Draw Assistant. Between 2004 and 2009 he was elected the Chair of the Junior Standing Committee, and then elected onto the Board from 2009 onwards.
In 2012 he became the President of North Coast Football. During this time, North Coast Football has progressed considerably with some of the highlights including:
· The introduction of Small Sided Games for younger age groups
· The growth of female participation in the game as well as the steady growth overall
· Securing a capable General Manager to manage the affairs of NCF
· The strong financial position of NCF going forward
· The opportunity for our elite players to compete in the National Premier League
His leadership and guidance will be missed, though he has a capable successor in former Vice-President Wendy Schafer, who took over as President on the 26th November 2016. Replacing her position as Vice-President is Board Member Rick Hall.
Michael has full confidence in the people elected to replace him “I’m confident that the current NCF Board and staff will continue to deliver fresh initiatives and ideas for the ongoing prosperity of the game.”
North Coast Football wishes Michael and his family the very best, and thanks him for his many years of voluntary service to the sport.