Board of Directors

LNFS England is owned by the National Futsal League Community Interest Company whose Board of Directors is elected annually by Member Clubs at our AGM. Under FA rules, ““Management Committee” means in the case of a Competition which is an unincorporated association the management committee elected to manage the running of the Competition and where the Competition is incorporated it means the Board of Directors appointed in accordance with the articles of association of that company.” In other words, our Board of Directors is the league’s “Management Committee” in the eyes of the FA.

The Board of Directors for the 2021/22 season is:

Albania Grosso (Chair) is an environmental consultant and businesswoman with over 30 years experience in project management, data analysis, and client care.  In her daily work for international clients she mentors less experienced colleagues and helps them develop the necessary technical skills to analyse data and come to rational, evidence-based conclusions. Albania is fluent in Spanish, having been born in the Dominican Republic before moving to the USA and then England. She can be contacted here for finance-related matters and here for matters related to her role as interim Chair.

Peter Sharples (Commercial Director). Accomplished and highly motivated professional with substantial experience in planning, developing, and implementing an organisation’s operational and fiscal function/performance. Deft at creating, executing, and improving policies and procedures to enhance operational and financial effectiveness of a company. Demonstrated ability to lead and manage organisations in an effective manner to attain targeted goals. Stellar track record of directing boys, men, and women’s teams, while acting as a Grassroots football coach for many years at local clubs. Instrumental in spearheading new projects from conception to completion within given time and budget constraints. Equipped with excellent man management, leadership, communication, decision making, interpersonal, relationship building, integrity, and time management skills. Peter can be contacted here.

Rob Brassett (Competitions Director) started in football administration 1986 Rob and held positions at Enfield, Potters Bar, Somerset Ambury, Cheshunt and Brimsdown Rovers ranging from Club Secretary to Kitman and Groundsman. In 2005 Rob started the Enfield Futsal League and was the co-founder of Futsal Club Enfield Men’s Team, as Secretary in 2007 and Ladies Team Manager in 2009.  Rob holds a Level 1 Futsal Coaching Badge, Playmaker Badge, Talent Identification, Sport Psychology and Safeguarding with the FA, UEFA, FIFA.  He has been invited to travel in Europe with Helvecia on two occasions, to Hungary and Austria, and has watch England play in Latvia, Macedonia, Eire, France and the Home Nations.  Currently Rob is also Fixtures and Registrations Secretary for the Barnet Sunday League, Chairman of the South East Youth Futsal League, and runs Supporting EN3 – the club Community Project. Rob works as a school playleader and plays Pokémon GO to keep himself sane. Rob can be contacted here.

Ewan Minter (Communications & Media Director) is a lifelong small sided football enthusiast from Bristol – he discovered the joys of futsal in Liverpool whilst a student in 2012, playing at a local Futsal 5 competition for ‘Esquadrao da Bola’ a team (except for Ewan) entirely composed of Brazilian and Portuguese post-graduate students and researchers. The team went on to comfortably defeat Carlisle 3-0 in their first ever proper match before being stopped by Stockport in that year’s FA Futsal Cup qualifying round in Manchester. After moving to York to pursue a doctorate, Ewan played for the University of York (now York Futsal) under the guidance of renowned Brazilian coach Junior Roberti. Ewan discovered just how good Futsal was in this time, learning from fantastic players such as Fahid Sulemane, Daniel Pedras, Miguel de Vicente, Fabinho Almedia, & Ben Mortlock. Subsequently Ewan has played for Sheffield FC, and Newham Sports, so far notching up 61 National League and FA Cup matches, with 32 goals and 20 yellow cards. Ewan is an evolutionary microbiologist, interested in studying how symbiotic interactions can lead to the merging of lineages in evolution by endosymbiosis, an important process that led to the evolution of mitochondria in all eukaryotes, for example. His research has fundamental consequences for how we understand cooperation and conflict resolution in natural systems, understanding the origins of life on Earth and in the universe. Hobbies include cider making, cheese making,  cooking, reading, and Futsal. He has a young family and currently lives in Gloucestershire. Ewan can be contacted here.

Graham Knight (Finance Director) has been an ACCA Qualified Accountant for over 15 years and is also Partner of his own accountancy practice. He previously worked for Blue Chip and Internationally trading companies. He has various other business interests in a range of different industries including sport. He has experience in holding treasury roles for various charities, CIC’s, and voluntary organisations. Graham is the Founder and Chairman of Sussex Futsal Club, which he set up eight years ago. He is also a Director of the Spanish Division 2B futsal club Segosala, based in Segovia, Spain. He is a UEFA B qualified futsal coach and has experience running regional sports leagues for around twenty years. Graham can be contacted here.

Periklies (Peri) Antoniou (Marketing Director) has over 10 years involvement in the sporting sector. His experience in football and futsal ranges from community participation, all the way through to UEFA and FIFA elite standards. With a keen interest in coaching, Periklies has been involved with professional academies, clubs, and associations throughout the UK and Europe. Peri has a Postgraduate degree in sports coaching sciences and is also a UEFA B licenced coach. He has a passion for entrepreneurship, starting his own company in Cyprus aged 23. Peri has experience with business development consulting start-ups in the social and content marketing industry, where he has developed a first-rate understanding of the online industry, developing digital and tangible solutions for clients throughout the sporting sector. You can contact Peri here.

Peter Goodwin (Youth & Welfare Director) is a Director and co-owner of Sporting Club Southend Futsal Club and the Southend Futsal League. He is Academy Director of Junior Bocas and was Director of Baku United Academy from 2015-2019. peter has a particualr interest in developing youth futsal across England. You can contact Peter here.

 

Elections for Director positions are held annually at the AGM and we invite all qualified candidates to contact our Chair, Albania Grosso if they would like to learn more about these roles.