Dream job for player

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By LAURA MCKOY

‘‘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.

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