- Written by Walter Pless
- Published: 21 December 2013
Photo: Romilton Amaral has been reappointed as University's senior coach [PlessPix]
Romilton Amaral has been reappointed as senior coach of University.
His assistant will again be Jes Singh.
Photo: University's co-chairperson Erica de Jong is third from the right in the front row of this photo of University's 2013 reserves women's team [Photo courtesy of University FC]
The departure of 2013 Vic Tuting Medal winner Miles Barnard, who was also the club’s chairman, will be a loss for the Students.
Most of last year’s senior squad will stay, including the experienced Aaron Hindmarsh and Toby Macgregor, the latter having finished fourth in the 2013 Vic Tuting medal count.
University are engaged in discussions with several Victory League players but no details have been released as yet.
University will commence training on 7 January 2014, from 6.30pm until 8pm at Olinda Grove.
Women’s football is to become a major focus of the University club.
The women’s side had several former NTC players in its ranks in 2013, while the under-16 women’s side won the 2013 Youth Cup.
The club will focus on developing these younger players in 2014, with the assistance of the more experienced players.
A coach for the women’s Premier League side is being sought now that former coach Harry Booth is unable to commit to the position because of his Victory League responsibilities.
“The current playing group offer the opportunity for a coach to work with a quickly developing and talented playing group, who are determined to achieve success in the future,” the club said in a statement.
“The club would like to hear from coaches who have a thorough knowledge of soccer, a string commitment to the game and enthusiasm to take on this exciting role.”
University have replaced 2012 and 2013 chairman Miles Barnard with joint chairpersons in Erica De Jong and John Hargrave.
De Jong plays in the women’s team, while Hargrave was a star goalkeeper for the club in the 1970s.
“In 2014, the club is looking to focus on creating an inclusive and vibrant club culture,” said De Jong.
“We want to recognise the broader role of soccer in the community by focusing on both on-field success and the social aspects of the club.
“Despite the best of intentions, clubs can suffer from focusing too strongly on the men’s competition only, so this year there will be a strong focus on organising a range of teams and social events which appeal to all of those involved with our club.
“Again in 2014, the club will offer a subsidised registration fee for university students wanting to play with our club”.