by Paul Jobber, courtesy of Port Macquarie News
THE potential loss of junior playing fields at Tuffins Lane remains a concern, but Mike Parsons remains confident of a positive outcome.
The Football Mid North Coast chairman, who was returned as chairman at Sunday’s annual general meeting, felt it could also prove to be a watershed moment for local football.
“But moving to Wauchope doesn’t alleviate the problem we will have with junior players having to travel to train, so we need to see what other grounds we can co-share,” Parsons said.
“In doing so, we then need to fast-track everything else so we don’t lose our junior playing base.
“I’m concerned, but also confident we have a good relationship with the current Port Macquarie-Hastings Council mayor that we can resolve this in the not too distant future.”
The uncertainty provided the sport with an opportunity to potentially seek grants which would allow football to chase better facilities.
“I feel we have been the poor cousin to a lot of other sports and that’s because we haven’t put a strong enough case forward,” Parsons said.
Over the next 12 months, Parsons was looking forward to continuing to improve football on the Mid North Coast.
He knows that quality comes from having stability at the top and the rest takes care of itself.
“Every ship needs a captain and it provides another opportunity for me to liaise with our clubs,” he said.
“My role is to chair, set policies and direction and we’ll continue to do what we’ve done and that is by having transparent dealings with all of our clubs.”
The chairman wants to continue to be out and about and meet with every club in the zone – something which previous board members haven’t done.
“I went down and visited one of our clubs recently who said they had never seen a chairman take the time to see them personally,” Parsons said.
“I’ve made an effort with each club and asked them how we can improve; between now and January I want to go and see every club individually.”
The long-term goal for Parsons is to demonstrate the governing body cares and he hopes to be able to do that beyond the next 12-month term.
“For me it’s all about leaving the game in better shape than I came in for the betterment of my grandchildren,” he said.
“We want to focus on incremental growth and look at improving our resources and facilities.”
Parsons said his re-election was validation clubs in the zone were comfortable with his plan.
“I’m certainly grateful and humbled to return for another 12 months,” Parsons said.
“It’s confirmation from our member clubs that they like the direction we are headed.”