TO THE POINT: New Nichols Point Soccer Club president Roxanne Jones believes there are exciting times ahead for the club with a five-year plan in place. Photo: PAUL MENSCH
By MITCH RODD
BECOMING president of Nichols Point Soccer Club was never on Roxanne Jones’ mind, but a five-year plan for the club is hoped to bring about a bright future.
Roxanne was appointed to the Football Federation Sunraysia (FFS) club’s top post at their AGM in November, and hopes her business background can help take the club forward.
Relocating to Sunraysia three years ago after spending 12 years in Geelong, her two children joined the club just around the corner from their new home.
While Roxanne doesn’t have a soccer background herself, she said Nichols Point was a welcoming club and the family’s love for the ‘Pointers’ has grown.
“We love the club, the whole atmosphere and inclusiveness is fantastic,” she said.
“It’s all about the kids having fun and developing as players.
“We’re not a top of the table club in the senior competitions as yet, but hopefully the work we have put into the junior programs will help that in the long run.
“I never had any intention (of becoming president). I was on the committee last year but when the former president indicated he was likely to step down I had a couple of people ask if I was interested.
“I come from a background in business, and being relatively new to the area, I feel I can be a mutual ground for anyone.”
Much like their sister cricket club, the soccer club has put a mountain of work into their junior programs.
While most FFS S-League matches are played each Sunday at Soccer Park at Aero Ovals, part of the Pointers’ five-year-plan is to create a suitable hub at Nichols Point Reserve, where matches could potentially be played in the future.
Roxanne said the first, and most important, aspect of any potential redevelopments would be the construction of a new pavilion.
“Over the last few years the club has done a lot of hard work with Mildura Rural City Council in this area,” she said.
“It wouldn’t just be for us and the cricket club, who we have a good relationship with, but it would provide a good function centre and a hub for the community. Andrew Lucchesi from Council has been fantastic in working with us.
“Potentially we could host games out there, which would ease the pressure Susan Watts at FFS has in juggling schedules at Aero Ovals. The biggest issue is we would need to restructure the ground and install lights, but none of that can happen until a pavilion is built.”
Roxanne said her main role would be to oversee the running of the club off the pitch.
“I don’t have a soccer background, and we have fantastic coaches and volunteers who look after the playing side of things,” she said.
“I think they just needed someone in the background who can operate the club almost like a business.
“We have a lot of talented young players and the sport is growing, but it does make it hard to provide that high level development when you’re so isolated.
“We want our coaches to offer their support to the league and these young players to assist with development and hopefully give them opportunities at the higher levels.
“It’s not just about Nichols Point, it’s about the whole competition. Each April we hold a two-day school holiday clinic and it is open for all kids to take part in, not just for our own.”
All children interested in the upcoming school holiday clinic are welcome to register. Head to the Nichols Point Soccer Club Facebook page for more information.