Swift ori­en­ta­tion for new team coach

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

Ted Ansell will take charge of the Mata­mata Swifts North­ern Re­gion Foot­ball League (NRFL) team for the 2013 sea­son.

Ansell comes to Mata­mata af­ter two years as the di­rec­tor of coach­ing at Auck­land- based foot­ball club, Three Kings United.

Be­fore that, he clocked up years of coach­ing with var­i­ous clubs in and around Auck­land, as well as in Bris­bane, Aus­tralia.

Ansell’s record in­cludes tak­ing teams to mul­ti­ple cham­pi­onships at North­ern League and Swiss Maid League level.

He is also the New Zealand busi­ness man­ager for Pre­mier Skills, a Bri­tish foot­ball coach­ing com­pany that is as­so­ci­ated with English Pre­mier League club, West Bromwich Al­bion.

‘‘I’m ex­cited by the op­por­tu­nity that Mata­mata Swifts gives me,’’ said Mr Ansell.

‘‘I hope we can build a fit, strong, vi­brant young team here in Mata­mata that will grow into a win­ning com­bi­na­tion. My phi­los­o­phy is sim­ple; if you’re good enough, you’re old enough.

‘‘I’m pleased with what I’ve seen so far here in Mata­mata and I wel­come any player from out­side the district to come and have a look at what we’re do­ing here at the Swifts.’’

Mata­mata Swifts AFC is look­ing for sta­bil­ity in their key po­si­tions, so Ansell has been con­tracted for three years.

‘‘By ap­point­ing Ted we’re hop­ing to put in place a more sus­tain­able first-team model and build for a suc­cess­ful long-term stay in the NRFL,’’ said Mata­mata Swifts pres­i­dent Dwayne Bar­low.

‘‘Af­ter the eu­pho­ria of our first sea­son back in the NRFL in 2010, where we achieved more than we had hoped for, we’ve strug­gled dur­ing the last two years,’’ ex­plained Bar­low.

‘‘ Quite sim­ply, our ap­proach hasn’t worked. By bring­ing in some­one with the ex­pe­ri­ence, en­thu­si­asm and net­work that Ted has we should be able to set our­selves up for the long haul.’’

Ansell’s work be­gins with an open day at Mata­mata Do­main on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 9.

‘‘The open day is for any cur­rent or po­ten­tial player to come along and find out what our plans are for the 2013 sea­son,’’ said Ansell.

‘‘Af­ter the open day we’ll have sev­eral pre-Christ­mas train­ing ses­sions be­fore hit­ting pre-sea­son train­ing in mid- Jan­uary. I’m look­ing for­ward to it.’’

Along with his Mata­mata Swifts first- team du­ties, Ansell will also be a Di­rec­tor of Coach­ing for the Mata­mata Swifts AFC.

This role comes with a wide player and coach devel­op­ment brief for the club, as well as build­ing a close work­ing re­la­tion­ship with lo­cal schools. The di­rec­tor of coach­ing role is a full­time ap­point­ment.

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