Newly appointed FNC Football technical director Victor Stokes gives a talk to an under-15 boys’ junior representative team at Crawford Park, Alstonville.
Newly appointed FNC Football technical director Victor Stokes gives a talk to an under-15 boys’ junior representative team at Crawford Park, Alstonville. Doug Eaton.

Coach stoked about football

VICTOR Stokes has passion and a vision for Far North Coast Football and that is to have clubs playing attractive and entertaining football from the youngsters to premier league.

His desire to be a quality coach is why he is in Brisbane for the next two weeks - progression up the coaching ladder - and to be the best technical director of FNC Football he can.

Stokes, 44, born in Birmingham in the United Kingdom, wants the football family on the Northern Rivers to be a happy family not just driven by results but one that is supportive of each other - no matter which club you belong.

"I came to Australia when I was 24 and played club football in Adelaide," explained Stokes at Crawford Park, Alstonville yesterday.

"My love and passion for the game is why I'm here. Where I was at (Port Macquarie) I couldn't progress, grow as a coach whereas with this job it will hopefully allow me to progress.

"Grow as a person and as a coach and be able to pass my passion for the game on to the players and the coaches who I will be working with."

For the next 14 days straight, from 9am to 8pm, at the home of the Brisbane Strikers he'll be hitting the books, on the pitch and networking with coaches and the who's who of football.

"The FFA are making coaching better," Stokes said.

Family values in sport, and life in general, is close to Stokes' heart.

"To work together rather than work against each other is one of my goals," Stokes said.

"My job title is technical director - I don't want to be this man out there that's wants to lead - I want us to do it all together.

"I want us to be on the same page, work together is the big thing."

The challenge is to have coaches being able to tap into the best resources, knowledge and systems to improve the way the game is played.

"At the end of the day we've all got one common thing, a passion for football," Stokes said.

"Regardless of what level; youth, club or representative, the football is at if we can a good brand of football then we are going to get more people interested in the game.

"We are in the entertainment industry, people come to watch football, any sport really to be entertained."

Stokes has a vision to have all winter codes sit around the table and discuss how they can work together to have children playing some form of sport and combat the obesity problems facing Australian youth.



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