Gary Bennett


Coastal Spirit is proud to announce the appointment of Gary Bennett as our new FDM commencing 1 September 2017 subject to him obtaining immigration clearance.

Gary comes from a background of youth football development in the UK, USA, Canada and New Zealand.  He’s had a variety of roles in football including an Assistant Community Development Officer, School Liaison Officer, Academy Coach, Coach Educator & Director of Football at various notable clubs including Southampton Football Club and Chicago Fire.  Some may recall Gary working as the Regional Development Officer for Mid-Canterbury around 10 years ago.  Gary’s experience and success makes him ideal for the role with Coastal Spirit and the board sees someone who is highly capable, personable and who will have longevity in the role.  His experience in previously working within the Mainland Football environment is also seen as an advantage.

Gary will be moving to New Zealand from the United Kingdom with his wife and young son prior to taking on the role with Coastal Spirit in September.

We wanted to share this information with all club members and supporters as soon as possible.