Roslyn Wakari club aims to be best in federation

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New job . . . Roslyn Wakari AFC's new football development officer Renee Bacon is joined by (from left) club patron Larry Markham, junior chairman Dan Todd and co-president Wayne Facer. PHOTO: JESSICA WILSON

Roslyn Wakari AFC is making moves in the hopes of becoming the “best club in the federation”.

The club recently appointed Renee Bacon (23) as its football development officer.

Bacon, a premier and Southern United player, said she was looking forward to the role.

She has completed a physical education degree, and is studying towards a postgraduate diploma in applied science, majoring in performance analysis.

She has also interned with the Highlanders rugby team, Southern Steel netball team and the Otago rugby team.

The role was part-time and hours would vary during the year.

Originally from Levin, she felt at home in Dunedin and wanted to stay in the city when her studies ended.

“We were keen to help support that,” club co-president Wayne Facer said.

He said the club committee designed the role, which would help bridge the gap between junior and senior players.

It also aimed to give players more opportunities in the sport.

“We just want to expand what we are doing as a club.

“Renee has those skills.”

She would run skills sessions with club members, apply for funding grants and attend representative tournaments.

Facer wanted the club to have teams at each tournament.

“We want to make our club the best in the federation.”

That included a $300,000 clubroom redevelopment and installing new and improved lights on the fields.