Barry Scullion excited to start position as Manawatu’s FDO

After a thirty-four hour journey starting in London, Manawatu’s newly appointed Federation Development Officer (FDO), Barry Scullion, has arrived in New Zealand.

Wednesday morning marked Scullion’s first time in the country. He states,

“My experience so far has been great, the scenery from the flight down from Auckland was amazing. Everyone has been extremely friendly and welcoming. I even tried roast pumpkin in a roast dinner which was a first for me!”

Central Football is equally excited for Scullion as he heads over to join the team in Manawatu today. He will hit the ground running this weekend as the McDonald’s Junior Football season begins tomorrow. This won’t be a first for Scullion; he brings a wealth of experience, having completed an English FA Level 1 and 2 Coaching Qualification, the English FA Youth Award Qualification and English FA Level 1 Talent Identification as well as the UEFA B License. He also holds a Fustal FA Level 1 Qualification, a Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours) in Sports Coaching and Physical Education and is Irish FA Level 1 Referee Certified.

When asked about his expectations surrounding his new role, Scullion states,

“I’m really excited about beginning this role in the Manawatu region and look forward to sharing my experience and knowledge with the coaches, club and players but also learning from my colleagues within Central football. I am passionate about coach and player development and I will strive to help support and develop football within the region. If anyone would like to get in touch from the region to introduce themselves they can contact me on”

On behalf of the football community, we wish Barry Scullion the very best and are looking forward to watching him thrive in his new role here at Central Football.