New CEO of the SDFL - Philip Steele   10/10/2018

IN CASE clubs are not aware there is a new CEO of the SDFL and its Philip Steele who takes over the reigns from the long serving Michael O’Brien.


 Michael started out with Woods United, who were based in Palmerstown Woods Clondalkin, before joining the SDFL in 1994.
 And it's fair to say he has had a distinguished career in grassroots football after being
 The Leagues fixture secretary from 1994 to 1996, Assistant League Secretary from 1996 to 1998 and Secretary from 1998 to 2006.
 He was also involved in the building programme in the League from 1997 to its completion in December 2011.
 After the League became a limited Company in 2006 he was appointed C.E.O. and Company Secretary.  
 He also served on the F.A.I. National Council from 1996 to 2015, FA I Finance
 Committee, from 2008 to 2014 and FAI Underage Committee from 2006 to 2013.    
 SFAI Council 1996 to 2015, SFAI Executive from 2000 to 2015, elected SFAI Vice /Chairman in 2006 to 2008 and then elected  SFAI Chairman in 2008 where he held the position until 2014 and retired from the SFAI in 2016.        


 So after serving on almost every committee the decision was taken to cut all ties with the SDFL and he officially retired from 30th June last.


 He will take time out before deciding his next move but most likely he will just enjoy his retirement and no one could deny him that after such a long service.
 Philip has stepped into the breach and already things are starting to move in the League with the formation of a girls section in conjunction with the DDSL.
 He comes from Granada FC where he was both manager and secretary and still keeps in touch with his former club as his son is involved in one of their sides, so his face will still be seen in the likes of Holly Park and Meadowvale.


 Philip said of his new position “I am delighted to take on the challenge of CEO for SDFL, following in the footsteps of Michael O Brien who has retired. Michael leaves a significant legacy behind when you consider the league and the state of the art facilities. This is testament to the hard work that Michael and previous members of both the Football Committee and the Board have put in.


 “Granada FC was a founder member of the SDFL, and that is where I began my dealings with the league, taking a team from development through to U17. I spent six years as club secretary of Granada FC, before joining the SDFL board.
 “Initially when I joined the board in 2016, there was significant demand from our clubs for structured girls football. A group of SDFL clubs came together and set up an initial U8/9 combined league. Two years on we are now finishing off our season with 3 leagues, U8, U9 and U10/11 and a newly formed alliance with DDSL to develop these younger age groups even further over the coming years.
 “A new SDFL board is also in place to assist with this journey, and is being led by Ciaran Kane (Chairman).
 “I believe we are on the verge of a very exciting period of football in Ireland. The FAI Player Development Plan, which the SDFL has been a strong supporter of, is helping to change the focus from winning to development, which is what our children need at the younger ages.
 “Our SDFL centre of excellence, led by Paul Barry, is very child centred with a focus on guided discovery and learning and continues to get great feedback from the parents whose children are involved.
 “My main focus will be to drive more collaboration in football for the benefit of our children and this has to come from the leadership, across all the Schoolboy/girls leagues in Dublin and surrounding counties.”


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