WELSH SCHOOLS’ FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION
DAVID NICKLESS CHAIRMAN 2010-2012
David Nickless was born and educated in the border city of Chester. A Cestrian by birth he is proud of his Welsh ancestry through both the maternal and paternal sides of his family. His paternal grandfather was born in Holywell and his maternal grandmother was born in Ruabon. On leaving school he worked in local government in the Children’s Department of Cheshire County Council before moving in 1970 into the field of Purchasing and Supply, firstly with Cheshire County Council and then with Clwyd County Council. In 1990 he was appointed as Principal Client Officer in the LEA of Clwyd County Council. He was also employed as a lecturer at the Carlett Park College of Technology on the Wirral in its Business Studies Department. David was an active member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply and served as Chairman of its Technical Committee and on its Education Committee. In 1984 he became the youngest person to receive the Institute’s meritorious award for his services to the activities of the Institute. Besides playing football in the Cheshire and Wirral areas he played cricket for his village cricket team of Hoole in the Cheshire Association and the Chester Area Midweek League and represented both leagues as an all rounder. He continues to follow cricket as a member of Colwyn Bay Cricket Club, Lancashire County Cricket Club and watches Glamorgan when they play in North Wales and when time permits on his visits to Cardiff. A keen swimmer, he organised the Cheshire County Council Staff Swimming Club and its galas for a number of years in the sixties and seventies.
David has been heavily involved at all levels of youth and schoolboy football in the Principality for thirty years. During this period he has gained great experience not only in the team management & coaching sides of football but also in its administration and organisation. In 1982 David joined the Deeside Primary Schools’ FA which later changed its name to Flintshire Primary Schools’ FA. During his twenty-eight years with the Association (which he still manages) and his time with the Flintshire High Schools FA, Clwyd (North Wales East) Regional Association and the North Wales Schools FA he has held a number of officer and managerial posts and supported other team managers in carrying out their responsibilities. He has managed the various Associations to success in the Tom Yeoman Shield, the David Nickless Shield and the F.J. Ball Competition. In 2005 David received an award from the Chairman of Flintshire County Council in recognition of his great and valuable services to the local community. He became a Council Member of the WSFA in 1990 and took Office as the Under 16 National Squad Secretary in 2004. He has taken a keen interest in the development of the WSFA and in particular its grass root, competition and international activities.
Because of the vast experience and knowledge of players that he had gained over many years David was elected as a Welsh Schools’ FA national selector twelve years ago. He holds an FA Learning Certificate in Talent Identification in Football. He intends to retire from the selector role when he takes the Chair as he feels that he will not be able to find the time commitment to carry out the activities of both roles effectively. David considers it a great honour for him to be the Chairman of the WSFA during its centenary period and he will strive to build on the work of his predecessors to cement its place in supporting football development in the Principality and to take the WSFA forward into its second century on a sound and stable foundation.
10th July 2010.