listen to gary cole discuss the cost of junior football
Newly appointed FFV manager of football strategy and special projects Gary Cole believes there are no insignificant costs for NPL due to an increase in professionalism.
Cole discussed on FNR_Football Nation Radio’s Football Extra with Carlos Alberto Diego whether parents paying between $1200 and $2500 for their children at NPL Clubs is a worthy investment.
“The challenge we have this that it is expensive to play,” Cole said.
Cole highlighted the significance of clubs being transparent to parents and stakeholders as to how registration costs are being used to fund the club.
“The modern world demands us to be transparent [about] where the money goes,” Cole said.
Cole noted how an increase in the NPL’s professionalism has resulted in the clubs increasing costs to aid funding for coaches and other necessary staff.
Some coaching and goalkeeping licenses can be as much as $6000, but Cole believes without such the club heavily relies on volunteers who may not have the required knowledge or skill set.
“More coaches are being paid today than ever before, there are no insignificant costs,” Cole said.
“Is it possible to get [costs] down? Maybe. Maybe a restructure of the way the game’s put together enables us,” Cole said.
Football Extra airs daily from 9am (AEDT) hosted by Carlos Alberto Diego on FNR_Football Nation Radio.
listen to the full interview here