2017 coaching staff finalised

All football coaches have been finalised for the upcoming 2017 season, with Des Ryan being joined by brother, Steve, as an assistant.

Please note: Netball coaches to be announced in the coming weeks, once teams are confirmed.

FOOTBALL

Seniors
Coach – Des Ryan
Assistant – Adam King
Assistant – Steve Ryan
Assistant – Kieran Nolan 

Reserves
Co-Coach – Alastair Garlick
Co-Coach – Kieran Nolan

Thirds 
Coach – Stephen Brosnahan
Assistant – Dave Brydon

Under 19s
Co-Coach – Greg Barclay
Co-Coach – Trent Vanderheiden
Assistant – Matthew Burns

If you are interested in getting involved, please contact the club.

Former president receives Australia Day honor

Lifelong Cheltenham resident and sports enthusiast Colin Anderson is “pretty chuffed” to be honoured in this year’s Kingston Australia Day awards, and that statement pretty much sums up this quiet achiever.

But more than anything, Mr Anderson hopes that by giving “ordinary” people recognition for their community service others will be inspired to get involved.

“Without volunteers, kids would be left without things to do, and we need to help kids keep doing things that are positive and healthy,” he said.

“Keep them off the streets and give them something to be involved in.”

Mr Anderson has made an enormous contribution to several Cheltenham clubs in the sporting codes of football, cricket and baseball spanning more than 50 years.

As coach, committee member, president, club manager and general dog’s body volunteer, he has rolled up his sleeves at the Cheltenham Cricket Club, the Cheltenham Baseball Club, the Cheltenham Football Netball Club and the Cheltenham Football Club. His years of dedicated service have earned him life membership at four different clubs and seen him make a positive difference in the lives of thousands of junior sports players in the area. 

Although he was a baseball and cricket player himself, he branched out into football when his own two boys showed an interest in sport and became involved with Vic Kick, which later became Auskick.

His willingness to give his time and efforts to sport soon saw him take on official roles at Cheltenham football and cricket clubs.

Mr Anderson acknowledges that volunteers’ contributions to sport are what helps keep local clubs alive, but If he could change anything it would be the red tape and bureaucratic controls that often deter the right people from getting involved.

“It’s getting harder and harder to be involved in local sport, so I really hope that these awards keep inspiring people to try,” he said.