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ESFA General Manager

Published: 3/05/2019 8:43:00 AM

Last month, the ESFA General Manager Aaron Dibdin, advised of his resignation from ESFA to the ESFA Board. Our Clubs and life members were informed.

Aaron will be embarking on a future career with Football NSW.

Aaron began his career with ESFA 10 years ago and 2 years later became the ESFA General Manager. 

“In 2010 when I took the reins, the Association was in a difficult state; with a large structural deficit, with annual cash flow difficulties, with a bloated salary bill, in unsuitable offices and with outdated and internally inconsistent regulations.

 We have turned the budget around and addressed our cash flow concerns. Even with fluctuating player numbers our financial state is reasonable, though not without downside risks. We moved our office to more appropriate, more attractive and more practical location. We have worked with our stakeholders to update and regularly review our regulations to provide a better operating environment for our clubs, their teams, players and volunteers.


I have enjoyed my time at ESFA, and I have enjoyed working with a range of people who are as diverse as they are dedicated, united by a common passion for football.


I am sad to leave, but I see exciting times ahead – the operational review and strategic plan will bring with them a new focus for the organisation and ensure that we have a clear and agreed direction.

Our player numbers are stable, and there are changes that we have made in recent years (in particular, timeslots for junior competitions) that should ensure we offer a stable and attractive set of competitions.” 

Aaron will remain in football and liaising with ESFA in his new position of Member Services Manager at Football NSW, replacing Matt Rippon who is moving to Football Federation Australia.

His expertise, knowledge and skill within ESFA will be missed by his team and all within the football community. We wish Aaron all the best with his future career.

Accordingly, ESFA are now seeking a replacement for Aaron with our General Manager role advertised on Seek.

If you believe you have the characteristics, knowledge and leadership required to be ESFA General Manager or know somebody who may, applications can be made via this link.

The General Manager applicant possesses a broad and diverse range of personal and professional skills, together with substantial practical experience in the management of a complex sporting organisation or business.

Applications close 13th May 2019. 

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