Auckland, May 27, 2017
Police Inspector Rakesh Naidoo, currently on deputation to the Human Rights Commission as Strategic Advisor, Race Relations, was elected to the New Zealand Football National Executive Committee as Member.
The election took place at the Annual Congress of the Organisation held in Auckland on May 25, 2017.
Communications and Media Manager Peter Thornton said that as a Member on several other boards in New Zealand, Mr Naidoo will add “great experience to the New Zealand Football Executive Committee.”
Among the others on the Executive Committee are Deryck Shaw (President), Michael Anderson (Vice-President), Philip Barry, Caroline Beaumont, Paul Cochrane, Suzanne Griffin, Mike Killick and Scott Moran (Members).
Earlier Mark Aspden had stepped down from the Executive Committee after nine years.
Following the meeting, Mr Thornton issued the following statement:
After a successful year, both on and off the pitch, New Zealand Football confirmed another positive financial result.
With record participation rates through the continued success of the Whole of Football Plan, the national body recorded a $102,000 surplus for 2016 which included a net $1.48 million transfer from the International Teams Reserve set up in 2011 to fund international activity.
Revenue outperformed 2015 due primarily to increased FIFA Funding, the new ACC relationship and growth in the NZ Racing Board partnership.
Expenditure increased due to continued critical investment into New Zealand Football’s core capabilities, its extensive international programmes and the costs of delivering the new ACC Injury Prevention Programme.
New Zealand Football Chief Executive Andy Martin said the current financial position provides the solid base from which the organisation continues to grow the game in New Zealand. He said it remains vital for the business to continue seeking new investment to fund future international programmes and ensure the sustainability of the game.
The Whole of Football Plan
“A further positive financial return is a great result for the wider game. When we reflect on 2016, it has been another excellent year. The Whole of Football Plan continues to deliver great results with some really good work carried out across the country by our Federations and Clubs. We now have a record number of players, coaches and referees so all in all it has been a fantastic effort by everyone involved in the game.
“The financial security we have been able to establish in recent years is hugely important as it gives us the platform we need to harness the domestic growth being experienced as we seek more New Zealanders playing and loving football,” he said.
The award-winning Whole of Football Plan, introduced in 2011 and delivered through the seven Regional Federations with support from Sport New Zealand, continued to deliver impressive results at grassroots level with over 150,000 registered participants across the game and growth rates in youth grades reaching new highs. O
More than $4.2 million was invested in the grassroots game during the year. About $5.5 million was invested into the international game, with a continued focus on the All Whites’ Road to Russia 2018 programme and, in partnership with High Performance Sport NZ, the Football Ferns’ Rio Olympic Games programme.
The Progress Report
New Zealand Football President Deryck Shaw said that the considerable progress evidenced during the year has laid the foundations for further success in 2017 and beyond.
He added that the Football Ferns competing at the Rio Olympics, the All Whites building consistently towards the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the continued success of New Zealand teams at age group FIFA World Cups were all standout achievements in the high-performance area of the business.
He was also proud of the achievements of New Zealand Football at club and community level and believed the organisation was well positioned to build on that momentum in 2017.
“We know that we are well equipped in New Zealand to continue delivering our vision of incredible performances both on and off the field. There is a renewed sense of hope that, under Gianni Infantino’s guidance, FIFA will return to and deliver its mandate to develop football everywhere and for all. We believe that the game has a great future in New Zealand and look forward very much to playing our part, alongside our colleagues at OFC and the leaders of our game at FIFA,” he said.
Inspector Rakesh Naidoo