Life at the Eagles ever-changing

Melissa and Peter Souris with daughters Isabella (4) and Alessia (2). Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d412337
Melissa and Peter Souris with daughters Isabella (4) and Alessia (2). Picture: Emma Reeves www.communitypix.com.au d412337

The 37-year-old has worked for the Australian Football League side since 1994 and was awarded Life Membership at their Club Championship Awards last month.

Having seen everything from winning the 1994 Grand Final, losing the 2005 one, watching staff, players and coaches come and go, Souris said the last 20 seasons had provided him with some of the most magical moments of his life.

‘I started in March 1994 and was 17 and originally employed on a traineeship,’ he said.

‘My original role was the office assistant and I also helped the accounts payable/receivable area with data entry and banking.

‘On home match-days I helped out the on-ground entertainment coordinator to help ensure that pre-match, quarter-time and half-time activities all ran as scheduled.’

These days the father-of-two’s job is very different.

Now the football operations manager, he oversees training and match days according to coach and player needs, including travel and accommodation for all away matches and training venues in all locations.

He also ensures the football department is compliant with AFL rules and is the match-day team manager and interchange steward.

When asked what it is that he loves about the game and the club, it’s the ever-changing game and the fact that no days are the same.

‘I feel like I have never stopped or become stale like I have heard some people, outside our industry, complain of,’ he said.

‘The club has also always been very supportive of helping me further my career and knowledge.

‘My role has also changed a lot over the years.

‘I have been everything from the office assistant, football assistant (part-time while at university), football administration assistant, player development co-ordinator, football administration manager, football manager, team operations manager to now the football operations manager.’

As for what the future holds, that is still to be determined.

‘I have taken on some extra duties, along with a title change, so for the moment I see myself improving in my current position and furthering my personal development,’ he said.