Long-serving CDSFA CEO Ian Holmes to depart at season’s end

Ian Holmes

After half a century of serving football, Chief Executive Officer of Canterbury & District Soccer Football Association, Ian Holmes, has announced that he will depart the CDSFA at the end of the season.

Holmes, who has served football for almost 50 years at local, state, and national level, will leave a lasting legacy within the football community of the Canterbury District.

Starting his football life at Belmore Police Citizens Boys Club, it did not take long for a young Holmes to become heavily involved in sports administration as he took on a committee position with his local club.

From there, he progressed to the CDSFA where he was elected the Association’s youngest ever President when he was elected on December 1, 1975 at the age of 19-years-old. Seven years later, Holmes was elected President of the NSW Amateur Soccer Federation in 1982.

With football needing an overhaul from the top down, Holmes was soon in a position to help make fundamental change as the General Manager of the NSW Soccer Federation (1987-1991), the NSW Amateur Soccer Federation (1998-1999), Soccer Australia (1999-2002), and Football NSW (2007-2011).

With his services to the national and state governing body coming to a close, Holmes returned to CDSFA in 2012, taking over as CEO in 2014. His last day with the Association will be Friday, October 14, 2022.

In his most recent time with CDSFA, Holmes has been instrumental in securing over $15 million in government grants for the region and its clubs.

Holmes’ contribution has been recognised with several awards and achievements, including:

  • Life Member of CDSFA (1982)
  • Life Member of Football NSW (1987)
  • NSW Soccer Federation State Award (1991)
  • George Churchward Medal recipient (2016)
  • Vince and Val Laws Medal recipient (2019)

A strong believer that no individual is bigger than the game, Holmes also helped mentor and mould many up-and-coming sports administrators, with many in the game gaining benefit from his knowledge and experience.

Holmes’ services and achievements will be recognised at the end-of-season Volunteer Recognition Dinner.

Ian Holmes, CEO of CDSFA, shared the following in regards to his upcoming departure – via Football NSW.

“Change is a constant in football. There is a time for renewal and the future. A time for transition.

“The CDSFA needs to maintain dynamism and the Association cannot be flatfooted, so you need to create the pipeline for future talent. It has been my privilege to have been able to serve the game. I did not want to make the mistake of staying too long.

“Leadership is about working with others to make things better due to your presence and ensuring that impact lasts in your absence. It has been my ultimate aim at the Association to do so.

“Working with positive difference makers at the CDSFA and the clubs has been very meaningful. I have been fortunate to work with volunteer directors at the board level who have placed genuine honesty ahead of corporate jargon.

“There is a fundamental principle I share with my Chairman, Armando Gardiman. It is this: you don’t make decisions because they are easy; you don’t make them because they are cheap; you don’t make them because they’re popular; you make them because they are right.”

“I trust the culture created that this should remain the mantra in the Boardroom and with the membership.

“The Association has at the club level an extraordinary army of volunteers. They deliver the football opportunity and experience at the community level. One can only be in awe of their contribution. Many things have changed over 50 years but the CDSFA relies upon volunteers to deliver the game at its very core. Working with so many of them has been an honour.

“The CDSFA is celebrating its Centenary season in 2022. It will commence season 101 in 2023. Season 101 should be the focus for refreshing and resetting. There are challenges ahead. A new generation now needs to take up the mantel. While people matter, we need to get comfortable with change. I need to get out of the way.

“In Gough Whitlam’s words: It’s Time.”

Federal Budget commits $97 million investment for sport programs

The 2024-25 Federal Budget, which was released on Tuesday night, includes more than $97 million over two years to the ASC to extend Sporting Schools, the Local Sporting Champions, and Local Para Champions programs, and participation funding to help more Australians get active.

This two-year extension runs until 30 June 2026 and helps kids of all different sports afford an opportunity to play at a local level if they come from and under privileged background.

Football Australia is a part of the Sporting Schools program, with each state offering participation Officers and local clubs that are ready to implement in-school and after-school programs for students of ages up to Year 8, plus all abilities programs.

Football Australia use this program to link local football clubs with schools to facilitate an ongoing relationship and provide further opportunity for students to continue their football journey outside of school, whether that be MiniRoos Kick Off, MiniRoos Club or Junior Football.

More than 24,000 young Australians will be supported with the Local Sporting Champions (LSC) and Local Para Champions (LSP) grants programs continuing for a further two years.

These are fantastic programs that have supported Australia’s best athletes including many Matildas like Courtney Nevin, Cortnee Vine, Alex Chidiac, Teagan Micah and Clare Hunt.

World Cup veteran’s Caitlin Foord and Ellie Carpenter also rose to success with assistance from the LSC program throughout their junior careers.

Australian Sports Commission CEO Kieren Perkins OAM mentions the importance of this investment to continue critical national sporting programs.

“Once again, I want to thank Minister Wells and the Australian Government for their continued support and investment in Australian sport,” Perkins said in a statement.

“This funding extends critical sport participation programs like the Participation Grant program and Sporting Schools which provides free and fun sporting opportunities to more than two million students each year.

“This follows last week’s announcement of $249.7 million to upgrade the AIS Campus to ensure our athletes have access to the world’s best testing and training facilities, and accommodation ahead of the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

This is a fantastic initiative that will benefit football amongst other sports and has a history of helping kids of all skill levels play in their respective sport.

The Federal Budget have put in almost $350 to improve sport, mostly around the 2032 Olympic Games but it is great to see some investment in the world game after the huge success of the Women’s World Cup last year.

The biggest Female Football Week to date draws to a close

Female Football week is at its climax across the country with each respective state firmly involved in what has been a monumental year of growth and perseverance with one of the hottest topics amongst the sporting plethora across the nation.

Symbolising the significant strides in which female football has made down under, off the back of its maiden World Cup hosting tenure.

Football Queensland throughout the grand occasion were busy shining a spotlight upon the continuous growth of participation, encouraging women of all ages to become involved and immersed within the global game.

Football Victoria – Commentary

Football Victoria (FV) celebrated women’s football week in style.

Round 8 of the National Premier League Women’s (NPLW) competition within Victoria was unique throughout its coverage, with every match throughout the round featuring a female commentator.

A monumental feat spearheaded by the FV Commentary team, this was the first time an all female commentary round was executed.

Football Queensland

FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci disclosed his appreciation for the momentous occasion via the FQ website.

“While celebrations like FFW serve as a crucial milestone in FQ’s journey towards achieving 50/50 gender parity by 2027 and helps to further reinforce our commitment to enhancing accessibility and inclusivity, our support is not confined to this week, as we remain dedicated to prioritising our female football community year-round.”

Football Queensland – Award Ceremony

Paying homage to Referees, Club Volunteers, Players and Community Champions of the year was conducted through awards up for grabs.

FQ showcased an award ceremony towards multiple facets of football throughout the state.

A nice incentive dedicated to the recognition and appraisal of the hard work undertaken by different areas of football.

The Female Football Week club of the year was awarded to Central Football Club following their extraordinary contribution to female football within Queensland.

Displayed throughout the clubs commitment to female football, the club are fully dedicated to the advancement of women’s football.

Harvesting a fostering environment throughout the club, alongside the nourishment of young promising female footballers has been symbolised by FQ.

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