Leo Pallazo

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The Big Interview

 

 

Leo Pallazo

Team:  Formerly Bombers
Position: Manager / Welfare Officer
Years at League:  8
Trophy’s: 1 x Junior Cup Winners: 2011, One Day Cup Winners: 2012,  2 x  League Runners up: 2010-11, 2011-12

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Leo, you decided to step down as Bombers manager this season after winning your first trophies last year in the re arranged Junior Cup Final and the One Day Cup in April, what was your decision behind this? 

It was always my intention to step down at some point to allow some of the parents that wanted to manage a team with their children in the team. Ian Hollamby, my assistant from last year, now manager, has his son in the team along with his assistant Steve Baptiste so it allows them to work with their children. They are able to share their football experience to develop the team along with their own kids.

 

You have taken up the important role of Raynes Park Little Leagues Welfare Officer, Can you explain to us what a Welfare officer does and why it is so important to youth team football? 

My job is to help provide a safe and enjoyable environment for kids of all abilities to play football in and also to support all volunteers and offer advice/support to any parent or child with any concern. I am also the main point of contact for all CRB checks which all volunteers must have to be involved down at RPLL.

 

What made you decide to manage at the Raynes Park Little League? 

My youngest brother was mangerless at the start of his first year at RPLL and with a bit of persuasion and support from Graham Brown (league secretary)…8 years on and I’m still going – not missed a single Saturday yet…seriously!!

 

What is the best thing about being evolved with the RPLL? 

Working with all the managers and assistants throughout the years and meeting so many motivated and inspiring people. I genuinely look forward to each and every Saturday morning..!!

 

Where other Little Leagues are struggling to recruit new players and sustain themselves, RPLL is flourishing with record trial turnouts and big waiting lists, why is our league so popular and successful?

The main reason is the quality and realistic approach of all the volunteers over the years which spreads throughout the league and provides a community feel. This is clearly evident, not only throughout the years, but through the amount of kids we see at the trials from many different catchment areas.

 

 

Since your time in the league what have been the biggest changes/improvements to the league both on and off the field? 

The biggest improvement which I think has added major value to the league has to be the growth and development of the website. The amount of parents and children that use the site and have commented on how helpful and informative it is….well done Ollie!!!

 

What have been your most enjoyable highlights during your time at the RPLL? 

The highlight for me is being involved each and every year at the league which, in turn, has paid off in finally winning some trophies. It’s not a personal achievement, but an achievement for all the hard work that the parents and children have put in. From a personal point of view, being awarded a trophy from a parent in recognition of me helping their child become the player and person they are today will remain with me for the rest of my life!!

 

Leo & Bombers: 2011 – 2012 Junior One Day Cup Winners

 

Little League: 27.09.2012

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