Dream job for player
‘‘If you’re always improving and performing your best, the result will take care of itself.’’
This is something Scott Parsonage believes and has proven to be true since the day he first kicked a football as a 3 year old.
Now the 27 year old, an experienced football player and coach, has landed a new job at the Waikato/ Bay of Plenty Football Federation as the Thames/coromandel football development officer.
Making the transition from working fulltime at Metso Minerals in the marketing department to a job where his hobbies and passions will become a daily reality will be an easy one for Mr Parsonage.
In his new role, which starts in April, he will travel around working with different football clubs from as far north as Whitianga and help them develop football as a sport in their communities.
‘‘I have been coaching for enjoyment up until now and improved as a coach so when the opportunity came up to make it a job, I thought why not follow your passions and make a living out of it. I am really going to enjoy it,’’ he said.
‘‘ It will be a challenging position as I do not know where each club is at yet, but it will be great to get outdoors, do something hands-on and improve the teams in those areas.’’
Mr Parsonage has lived in Matamata for most of his life apart from a stint in Palmerston North where he studied for a Bachelor of Business Studies majoring in marketing and sports management.
He started playing football as a 5 year old at Firth Primary School before going on to Matamata Intermediate and later the first XI at Matamata College.
‘‘I like the team atmosphere in football. It is a team game and I’m pretty competitive and have a drive to win and do my best while competing.’’
He started coaching in 2006 after he moved back to Matamata and has coached the first XI at Matamata College for six years, is the current Federation Talent Centre coach in Hamilton and has coached at the Cambridge Football Club.
He said after playing football for so many years he decided to have a go at the other end of the spectrum and put himself into the coaches’ shoes. ‘‘Football in general is something that is an awesome thing to be a part of and I thought it would be really interesting to be on the other end. To be able to provide an atmosphere for a team that they enjoy is really good,’’ he said.
Waikato/bay of Plenty chief executive Cam Mitchell said the Federation is delighted to have Mr Parsonage on the team and with his digital marketing experience from working at Metso, he will enable the federation to further develop its social media strategy as well.
‘‘We are delighted to have such a high calibre staff member join our team, we are now better equipped than ever to deliver on our strategic objectives,’’ Mr Mitchell said.
But until April 10 when he begins, Mr Parsonage is getting stuck into pre- season training for the Matamata Swifts and preparing for his new start.
Ready for change: Scott Parsonage is taking it on himself to help communities in Thames and Coromandel develop their football clubs.