Simon and Jo Join Us

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Two new faces are joining Cornwall FA’s staff based at Bodmin. Jo Small and Simon Snell will be taking on different roles with the Association.

 

Jo is taking over as Senior Football Administrator to cover maternity leave and Simon is the new County Welfare Officer.  Dawn Aberdeen, Cornwall FA’s Chief Executive said, “ We are delighted that Jo and Simon are joining us. Jo has worked in this country and abroad in a variety of football administration and coaching roles while Simon has a professional background in Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults. Both will bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to add to our team.”

Simon Snell joins us from the Devon and Cornwall Police force where he headed up the force's Child Exploitation Unit. He said of his new role, “I have a real passion for football having been involved in youth football as a volunteer coach and club / league welfare officer for more than  ten years. This is a really exciting opportunity for me and I hope I can bring things I have learnt about safeguarding from the police in the last 30 years into the Cornwall FA. I see my role as being part of a team that ensures youth football thrives in Cornwall in a safe and fun environment.

“The critical people in this safeguarding team are the volunteer club and league welfare officers, without them nothing would work. I intend to give these colleagues every support to make their role as effective as possible. I also intend to continue to drive up better standards using the Respect campaign, not just a tick box but to make it really happen. In the coming weeks I will be making contact with every welfare officer to seek their views and see what I can do to support all clubs across Cornwall.

“I would like to thank the Cornwall FA for providing me with this unique opportunity and can’t wait to make a start.”

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 Jo Small has a Masters degree in Applied Sport Science and worked for the international women's football festival ‘Discover Football’, the Indian organisation ‘Slum Soccer’ and coached with Academy Soccer Camps in Devon.

"I am very excited about being part of the administration team at Cornwall FA driving football forward in Cornwall. Football has always played a huge part of my life and I have been involved in the game as a player, coach and club manager over the years and have recently attended a referee course. These roles inspired me to become further involved in the administration aspect and I look forward to putting the skills I have learned in my previous football administration jobs into practice for Cornwall FA. “ “As Senior Administrator my aim is to ensure that we as a county provide excellent service to everyone involved in football in Cornwall and ensure that the cup competitions and disciplinary procedures are run to the highest standards in the coming season. I really look forward to the challenge of learning my new responsibilities and working with the football community".

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