Who Is Walter Pless?


A teacher by profession, but is now in his 38th year as a football writer. Has written for "Soccer Action" (Melbourne), "Australian Soccer Weekly" (Sydney) and "World Soccer" (London), as well as for several Tasmanian newspapers. Currently contributing to "Goal!Weekly" in Melbourne and the Australian magazine "Soccer International". Played for Croatia-Glenorchy, Caledonians, Metro, Rapid and University in Tasmania, as well as in the United States of America. Coached University, Metro and Croatia-Glenorchy.

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Photo:  Andrew Heap (left) and Launceston City president Austin Fagan [Photo courtesy of Mark Wells Paublic Affairs]

The President of the Launceston City Football Club (LCFC), Mr Austin Fagan, has announced the appointment of Mr Andrew Heap as LCFC’s new Director of Football.

Speaking about the new role, Mr Fagan said that Mr Heap’s appointment marked the beginning of a new and exciting era for soccer in Tasmania and, in particular, for LCFC.

“Andrew joins the LCFC at an exciting time and has already proven himself as an asset to the club, given his business contacts and experience as a former soccer player,” Mr Fagan said.

“He has identified ways we can build on the success of the club over the past decade, and has some exciting plans to improve the competitiveness of Launceston City over the next three years.”

The new Director of Football, Andrew Heap, who played soccer in Tasmania and Victoria in the 1980s, said that the club created the new executive position to build Launceston City’s competitiveness in the National Premier League.

“The Chairman and I have identified a number of opportunities for Launceston City Football Club, which we will implement as part of a three-year plan from 2018,” Mr Heap said.

“From 2018, all players who wear the LCFC colours will notice a marked difference in the structures and pathways we will be putting in place.

“We will be identifying talent, encouraging participation, and setting achievable goals for every player from the Junior Academy through to the LCFC Firsts team.

“This will involve expanding the coaching department and introducing development and fitness programs based on some of the best development teams in the UK.

“It’s an exciting time to be playing soccer for Launceston City as every player will be able to meet their potential playing the game they love.

“Launceston City Football Club has had a strong commitment to soccer in Australia since 1958.

“Our women’s team has done exceptionally well since 2000, winning nine trophies.

“The new program will build on this success and it will ensure that LCFC will be a strong competitor in the state competition from 2018.

“We have already identified potential talent for our on-field teams and our negotiations for the off-field support staff are well advanced.

“By the time Launceston City Football Club kicks off its first game in 2018, we are certain the players, the club, and the fans, will be proud to play for and support Launceston City.”


+4 #2 Anonymous 2017-08-13 01:04
After 5 years of NPL City finally get it .
Glad to see you are taking responsibility for your players development and not leaving it to the NTJSA.
-13 #1 A licence 2017-08-12 04:35
And his qualifications are?
Head coaches of NPL clubs in Tasmania have to have an AFC C Licence. the standard in every other state is B Licence.
Certainly if a club appoints a TD to oversee the clubs football program, then we should insist that the TD has at a very minimum a B Licence. If not we don't get any development.

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