KEY ROLES: Ipswich City Bulls women's coaching staff for 2017: Andy Haywood, Nikki Hubbard and Pete Williams.
KEY ROLES: Ipswich City Bulls women's coaching staff for 2017: Andy Haywood, Nikki Hubbard and Pete Williams. Contributed

Bulls boost professionalism with new appointments

THE Ipswich City Bulls have been busy in the off-season finalising coaching appointments, creating new roles and planning for next month's 2017 season sign-on.

Nikki Hubbard has been appointed to the newly created women's football coordinator role.

Andy Haywood returns to the Bulls in 2017 to coach the women's City 1 side.

Pete Williams is also back with his promoted City 2 side looking to build on last season's premiership success.

Williams will also be coaching the Under 16 Division 1 girls' team.

The Bulls are looking to further bolster female participation in football and make the transition between juniors and seniors a smoother one.

Some of the senior women will be running a free coaching clinic for young girls in January.

The Bulls senior men coaches will remain the same for the 2017 season after a solid campaign in 2016. The two sides retained their position in their respective leagues.

Norbert Duga will guide the men's Capital 2 side after making his coaching debut this year.

Jamie Beahan will coach the Bulls Capital 2 Reserve grade side.

Pre-season training has already begun.

The Sutton Park-based club has also appointed a new president in Todd Zeidler, who has been a member for more than 25 years.

Zeidler has already started new ways to increase the level of professionalism at the Bulls.

Another newly created role to the Bulls is a technical director, filled by Jason King.

King is one of the club's most successful coaches, applying his knowledge and experience to develop the MiniRoos and Juniors to ensure the Bulls have a strong future.

Ipswich City is introducing a Junior Academy in 2017 for all young players in the area who would like to improve their skills and grow football in Ipswich.

The club is also in the process of finalising a new partnership with Ipswich State High School, which will see students have an opportunity to play in Football Brisbane competitions as well as refereeing courses for students.

Five coaches recently completed official coaching courses through Football Queensland as the club looks to provide a higher quality standard for juniors.

The Ipswich City Bulls information fun day and sign-on is Sunday, January 15, from 1-4pm at Sutton Park, Brassall. It will be followed by exhibition matches involving Bulls senior teams.



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