We would like to welcome Mark Boyd to Holland Park Hawks FC, replacing Joe Fenech, with the new title of Football Director reflecting the role Mark will take overseeing the club’s footballing program including structure, process, and technical matters working in conjunction with the Hawks FC Committee.
Mark comes to the club with a wealth of professional experience having been involved in a full-time professional capacity for some 25 years.
Mark has been involved in the National Premier Leagues programs here in Queensland since FFA’s inception of the concept firstly as Technical Director with Brisbane City FC, Eastern Suburbs WNPL, Cairns FC and a short stint at the Brisbane Strikers.
When asked about the opportunities presented with Holland Park Hawks FQPL program, Boyd said –
Football Queensland’s expansion of the NPL concept into a second tier (Football Queensland Premier League) has provided a unique opportunity for Holland Park to embark on a structured coaching & player development evolution. Our compliances, playing, coaching and administrative expectations need to meet the same requirements as the NPL nationally. The necessity to have access to professional coaching/managerial and suitable developmental programs at all levels within the club is necessary for our long term playing and coaching strategies. I’m looking forward to my involvement here, there is enormous potential.
Further to Boyd’s more recent involvement with the National Premier Leagues and FQPL, he has a tremendous background in the game both as a player-coach educator and football manager. A state representative at all levels from Under 14 – Senior, he was a scholarship holder at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.
A short stint in the old National League with Brisbane City saw him venture overseas to the United Kingdom with time at Crusaders FC and Lindfield FC in Northern Ireland.
Mark has held full-time Regional Coaching and Development Manager roles with football Queensland in Townsville, Cairns, and Brisbane. Assistant State Coaching and Development Manager with Football Queensland, and has worked in the Northern Territory as their State Technical Director while serving on Football Federation Australia’s National Technical Staff.
During his involvement with FFA, he was responsible for the initial concepts, rules, research and regional testing of the current games we now play in our modified playing ranks with Aldi MiniRoos.
Another Interstate move saw him establish the Central Coast of NSW as an integral centre for player development with the establishment of Central Coast Lightning and Central Coast Thunder Representative programs playing in both NSW and NNSW State League competition streams, and forge relationships with Central Coast Mariners in the A-League.
As a coach educator Mark has literally educated thousands of coaches at all levels from our basic MiniRoos Coaching Certificates to Advanced coaching streams to the AFC ‘A’ Licence.
Mark was born in Belfast, Ireland. Mark has numerous credentials including an AFC “A” Licence Accreditation, AFC “C” Youth Licence Accreditation, FFA Course Presenter and has a BA in Sport and Exercise Science.
We are thrilled that Mark is joining our team (on April Fools Day no less!) and we look forward to working with Mark to take our Club to the next level. Please say hi when you see him, and give Mark a big welcome to our club.