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New recruit has passion for footy

Wednesday, 30th October, 2013

The new Football Operations Coordinator for Broken Hill AFL Ann Brown checks out her new digs at the Jubilee Oval yesterday. The new Football Operations Coordinator for Broken Hill AFL Ann Brown checks out her new digs at the Jubilee Oval yesterday.

By Emily Roberts

The Broken Hill Football League has a new player on board.

Ann Brown is the newly-appointed Football Operations Coordinator (FOC) for Broken Hill AFL and will start work on November 11.

The position replaces that of Secretary of the Competition Management Committees (CMC) and was advertised locally over the last six weeks.

BH AFL Board Chairman Peter Nash said the position was created by the Board in response to the resignation of their CMC Secretary who had said that the workload had become too time consuming for a person already working.

“It was really important to have someone on the ground who could do the 20 hours a week,” Mr Nash said.

“Previous secretary Lynda (Derham) was doing that and trying to juggle her daily job as well.”

Mr Nash said Ms Brown will be able to develop good relationships with all the clubs.

“Communication will be an important key; getting out and talking to the sponsors will also be important,” he said.

Most zones within AFL NSW/ACT now employ someone to run the administration side of the comp which has become very sophisticated with all player registrations, team selections, scores and ladders now updated online.  

The FOC will oversee all six grades which equates to some 500 players, with an additional 250 playing Auskick also needing some assistance.

“I will be in a co-ordinating position for the whole of the football league,” Ms Brown said.

“I will be doing a lot of administration work and will liaise with football clubs.”

Ms Brown said she has had much experience with the football league and held previously a management role.

“I am passionate about football. The job was just a culmination of everything. I wanted to get back into the workforce and I enjoy football at a local level,” she said.

“I think I will bring a lot of skills into the position.”

MS Brown will be based at Lionel Johnstone House.

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