Stage 2 Modified Training and Updated Season Start Dates

As per VIC State Government and Football Victoria's advice to sporting clubs we have moved to Stage 2 of our Return to Modified Training program. The major change is the increase to 20 participants including coach and supporting staff for a team's training session. The Information Sheets for Players, Parents & Carers and Coaches & Team Managers have been updated and can be located under Football/Return To Training or by clicking on the 'Return to Training' green tile.

Football Victoria has also updated the proposed season start dates as follows:

NPL Juniors (27/28 June), Community Juniors (27/28 June), Community Seniors (11 July), NPL Seniors (10 July)

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A Message from our President

Please CLICK to see a message to all our members from Ashy President - Bob Stensholt  about what to expect as we prepare to return to modified training from next Monday.

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Ashburton Community Bank supporting our Club and Community

Nick Coker Bendigo BankThe Club’s Principal Sponsor, the Ashburton Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank, has sent all our members, parents and families a message of support from their CEO Nick Coker (Click on the image to see the video). Give Nick (0438 541 337) or Kathy Koulouris, the Branch Manager (0434 769 993) a ring if you need any help with banking. Remember that if two more families take out or transfer their home or business loan (over $250,000) to The Ashburton Community Bank the club will receive a further $17,000 from the bank. That would be a much needed boost to the club at this time. Go Ashy and thanks to Bendigo Ashburton.

Club receives a 5 Star rating in FFA's National Club Development Program

NCDP 200x211Ashy is now classified as a 5 Star Club by the FFA as per the National Club Development Program (NCDP). Our club was assessed on governance, policies, communication, player development, female participation, inclusiveness, facilities and football experience. This achievement will enable the club to thrive, grow, develop and set ourselves up for our long term future success and sustainability. The NCDP has been designed to bring all clubs in line with industry standards to continue building the future of our sport. With our first submission we achieved the 5 Star rating...the highest possible level.

 

Nico Decaup has left Ashy but his legacy lives on

Nico2Nico Decaup our Football Director has departed Australia and is back in his home city Lyon, France. Nico and his partner, Mereille, came to Australia nearly 3 years ago and he started working at Ashy in a coordinator role for our MiniRoos program. He quickly made an impression on so many of our coaches, players, parents, committee and our corporate partners with his passion for the game, above and beyond commitment in developing our coaches and kids, charming manner, professionalism and of course his French wittiness and humour.

Nico leaves behind a legacy at the club which has certainly changed us for the better and his series of Ashy Way videos on our YouTube channel (AUSC TV) demonstrates the path forward at the club where the philosophy is around the ‘Person First, Footballer Second from their First game to their Last game for Players of All Abilities”

I recall my first encounter with Nico was when I was coaching our U9 Boys team when one night during training he wanted to demonstrate a drill. Now my boys at this stage were playing up and chasing each other, rolling around on freshly mowed grass, kicking balls everywhere and I had basically lost control. As Nico was about to address the kids I heard in my head the famous quote by Liam Neeson from the movie ‘Taken’…”Good Luck”. Within minutes Nico had these kids standing to attention and listening to his every word and the drill was executed brilliantly by the team.

During the season, Nico with his distinct red jacket, would always walk around and watch matches, talk to players and parents and he was always available to guide coaches. His presence certainly enhanced the club’s standing and we had a leader who coached, guided, developed coaches and players, setup grounds and was an integral part of our NPL journey when the club secured a licence in 2019.

Sharing one of Nico’s numerous quotes by Warren Buffet he used during his time at Ashy:

“Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone’s planted a tree a long time ago”

Thank you Nico…we know that ‘someone’ is you.

 

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