Tasman United coach Davor Tavich speaks with Tasman United's Paul Ifill Photo: Evan Barnes Shuttersport.

Davor returning to Nelson


A familiar face in footballing circles is returning to the region and will bring his wealth of experience to FC Nelson.

Davor Tavich has been courted by the club to take up a role as Football Development Officer in a bid to grow the game in Nelson, particularly women’s football.

Davor, currently head coach of Wairarapa United, brings a coaching resume dripping with excellence.

The position was brought to Davor’s attention when his partner forwarded a Facebook post advertising it.

“The opportunity came up with the club and I thought it was a good chance to go back to FC where I spent a few years playing and coaching.”

Davor says what excites him about the role are the ambitious goals of the club.

“It’s another challenge, to see if I can contribute to those plans. They are looking for the future and are really serious about where they want to get.”

The former Tasman United coach says he will also likely continue to coach at some level at FC.

“I need to coach, it’s what makes me really happy. I enjoy all the stresses and joys with coaching.”

Davor holds an Oceania A licence, the highest coaching qualification available on these shores.

Hailing from Split in Croatia, Davor settled in Nelson and played for local teams Metro and FC Nelson.

Club president Philip Thompson is thrilled to have Davor join the FC Nelson family.

FC Nelson came into being in 2011 with the amalgamation of Nelson United, Metro, Nelson City and Tahuna Juniors.

Philip says one of the goals of the club is to bring football to the forefront as a viable sport for women.

“Within two years we want to establish a FC Nelson team in the Women’s Premier League.”

Davor says the Nelson footballing community has a lot of good people who love what they do.

“I will be happy to be back, see my mates and enjoy the sunshine.”