His sporting background is firmly based in football with a playing career spanning from 1980 till 2001. During his career he played with Victoria Hotspurs, Fgura United, Mosta FC, and Zurrieq FC. Personal club honours include 4 Gozo League Championships, 7 Gozo Super Cups, 1 GFA Cup, 1 Gozo Republic Cup, 1 Millenium Cup, 1 MFA 2 nd Division Championship, 1 MFA 2 nd /3 rd Ko Competition. Aldrin Cassar also served as Head Coach in 1995/96 with Hibernians FC Women, Head Coach in 2011/12 with Victoria Hotpurs FC and U/17 Coach with Mellieha FC.
Currently Mr Cassar is also serving as Vice Secretary for Malta Employees Sports Association, a position he has been holding for the past three years. He is also Athletics Malta’s new President.
Through experience at various management levels and in senior positions Nicolai had the opportunity to personally learn and grow by leading teams for business growth, restructuring, as well as building start-ups and moving into new markets. People have always been central to moving forward, and to him helping individuals expose their potential and building on it drives results. His philosophy is to be fair, but assertive to achieve winning solutions and positions that are sustainable.
Business development, which is an area he has put a lot of energy into, goes beyond just being a stand-alone function and I use my skills to expand the business potential to be able to attract opportunities and effectively convert them. With international experience in developing businesses and re-engineering processes and business models, he adds value in cultivating relationships and developing opportunities.
Business development is a process that to him brings together intrinsic and extrinsic factors for long-term value. Being analytical, but practical for the benefit of all players is one way of getting things done whilst making sure to keep things simple and achieve the maximum return in what we are out to achieve. I enjoy building and working with teams, meeting customers, supporting the supply chain, and creating an environment which is fun and rewarding.
He has just recently founded his own private practice providing accounting, management, taxation, payroll and company secretarial services.
Darren also takes an active interest in athletics, particularly in long distance running.
He has been participating in the National Road Running League for the last four years. He ran his best half marathon in Valencia in October 2019, finishing at 1:25’34”. His only full marathon was done in December 2018 clocking 3:13’52”.
He also serves as President for Viola Club Malta, the local fan club of AC Fiorentina.