Luke Slater is set to open a new chapter in his soccer career, by swapping his whiteboard for the boardroom next season.DAMEN FRANCIS January 9, 2013 4:15am
Former Cobram coach Luke Slater hopes to help rebuild the Goulburn North East Football Association’s reputation by joining the board this season.
Luke Slater is set to open a new chapter in his soccer career, by swapping his whiteboard for the boardroom next season.
The 33-year-old has stepped down as coach of Cobram and taken on the role of Goulburn North East Football Association secretary.
Slater will continue to play for the Tigers, but said he was ready to roll up his sleeves and ensure the sport was moving in the right direction at a district level.
“I feel rather than standing back and criticising other people it was time to put my hand up and have a go and try and bring some new life and new, unbiased and good ideas to the competition,” Slater said.
“I’m originally from England, but I’ve got some good ties to this area now.
“I’ve obviously got ties to Cobram and I have had a connection with the Shepparton Soccer Club, but I’d like to think anyone that has gotten to know me will know the game is what it’s about for me.’’
Slater joined Shepparton Soccer Club in 2002 and went on to win the league best and fairest award in 2004.
When Cobram came knocking in 2011, he parted ways with the Reds to pursue a coaching role.
This year Slater joins Frank Papallo, Jimmy Kalafatis and Michael Crisera on a new-look GNEFA board under returning president Frank Trimboli and he said one of the first orders of business was repairing the administration’s reputation.
‘‘I do think the GNE has had it’s reputation damaged a bit over the past few years and if you asked the clubs if they had a good relationship with the board, most of them would say no,’’ Slater said.
‘‘We want to build that again and be a board that is respected for the job it is doing and we’re only going to do that by doing a good job.
‘‘As an elected board it’s our job to make decisions, but we do need to be a bit more transparent.’’
Slater said some of the biggest challenges facing the board this year were growing the game at a youth level, as well as expanding the reach of the Regional Premier League.
“We’ve got something going in this region, there is obviously a big interest in the game at a youth level .
“With the new directors we’ve got some really good experience and some youth and I think the five guys that are on the board this year all have a genuine interest in the game and have experience in being involved in the game.
“Having that sort of deep-rooted knowledge of the game is really important and certainly it’s something that holds me in good stead.”
Slater admitted he was a little sad to give up coaching at Cobram, but did so proud of what he had achieved in a short space of time.
“I was disappointed with how it ended last year .
“We came up with quite a good style of football, which is not easy to implement at amateur level and I think we gained a bit of respect from around the other clubs.’’
Slater’s assistant and multiple GNEFA championship-winning coach Paul Amadei will take the Tigers’ reins for the upcoming season.
A DVD about the experience of Indigenous people who settled on the river flats between Mooroopna and Shepparton from 1939 will be screened on Monday.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
A snake was spotted this afternoon.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
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