After a period of unprecedented growth in the sport, New Zealand Football is gearing up for further development with the appointment of three new staff members.
The futsal and women’s games are set to receive a particular boost with the arrival of Josh Margetts as Futsal Development Manager and Kevin Forde as Futsal and Women’s Competitions Manager. The resources of the high performance programme will also be strengthened by Angelina Lee-Hussien, who comes on board as National Teams Coordinator.
All three will be based at New Zealand Football headquarters in Auckland with Lee-Hussien and Margetts due to begin their new roles next month while Forde is set to start in April.
Each has previously worked for one of New Zealand Football’s seven federations around the country and Community Director Cam Mitchell says that experience gained at regional level, added to the many other attributes and varied backgrounds the new staff members bring, will be a real asset to the national governing body.
“Angelina, Josh and Kevin have all progressed through the ranks in the federations and excelled in their roles – their exciting appointments further highlight the career pathways available in our sport,” Mitchell says.
“With the community game experiencing such rapid growth in recent years and a busy schedule ahead for the high performance operations team, these appointments are very timely and all three will play an important role as we continue to strive towards our dual objectives – to help more New Zealanders fall in love with football and to make an impact on the world stage.”
Lee-Hussien comes to New Zealand Football after six years at the Northern Football Federation, where she served initially as Football Development Coordinator before stepping up to Operations Executive. She also has experience of international football after acting as team manager for the New Zealand U-20 women’s squad for over three years, including during last year’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea.
Margetts has likewise had a taste of international action but this experience has instead come as a player for the Futsal Whites national team. He is also currently starring in the Stirling Sports Premiership for Team Wellington but has achieved just as much success away from the court and pitch. He has led significant growth in the small-sided game throughout the Central Football Federation region as a Futsal Development Manager and holds NZF futsal coaching and coach educator qualifications.
Forde also has an accomplished sporting background to draw upon through various roles as a professional cricket player, coach and sports administrator. He has been a valuable member of the Northern Football Federation since 2010, having recently been promoted from Competitions Officer, a position he held for six years, to Community Development Officer – Lifestyle (Futsal) and Schools. Like Margetts, he holds coaching qualifications, in both football and futsal, and will complete a Diploma in Applied Management in July.
“In his seven years with NFF, Kevin has become well respected within our clubs for his liaison with them and understanding of their needs. He will leave NFF with our best wishes and thanks for all he has done,” Northern Football CEO John Limna says.
“Angelina joined NFF as an intern in 2011 and has become a key and much respected member of staff. She will leave NFF with our best wishes and thanks, in particular the support she gave to the football development team and, more recently, her key roles as board secretary and coordinating all our grant applications,” he adds.
“It’s always sad to see such valued members of our team leave the organisation but both Angelina and Kevin’s new roles present great opportunities and allow them both to pursue their passion for our sport with our national body.”
Central Football CEO John McGifford is likewise pleased to see Margetts take another step in his career.
“We are disappointed to be losing Josh but, as with all our people, we are 100 per cent behind his advancement,” he says.
“During his three years with Central, Josh has gone from a part-time delivery position to a full-time managerial one and futsal in our federation is all the better for his significant contribution. We wish Josh well in his new role with New Zealand Football, which is another advancement in his professional development and career.”