Northern Football has appointed Hayley Stirling as its National Women’s League head coach for the upcoming 2017 season.
With the current format of the league remaining identical to 2016, Stirling will be keen to expand on the progress made last season with regards to regional involvement from both players and staff.
Stirling, who is one of only two female candidates on the current NZF/OFC A-Licence intake, has spent much of the winter season scouting players throughout the northern region with the aim of inviting an extended training squad into a pre-season camp prior to selecting her final squad.
“It’s a great opportunity for me and I’m looking forward to working with the players and building on the environment that has been implemented here over the years,” she says.
“There’s a good pool of players and coaches in our clubs that are capable of continuing to support and perform at this level so I’m aiming to strengthen those connections and relationships.”
After a season in which Northern did not manage to qualify for the play-offs, Stirling and the players will be highly motivated to reach this stage in 2017.
“We have to make sure we consider the development facets of our players but, at the end of the day, this is the national league and striving to be part of the business end of the competition is a no-brainer,” she says.
“Northern Football have achieved some fantastic results in the past and I’m keen to do what I can to add to that history.”
Stirling will be looking at pulling the extended training squad together in early September ahead of the league kicking off in October.
Story courtesy of Northern Football Federation