It will be all smiles as community football officially kicks off across northern NSW this weekend.
Scores of players will take to the pitch across Hunter Valley Football, Newcastle Football and Macquarie Football member zones from children to adults including Inter-district age grade and MiniRoos.
North Coast Football’s Coffs community football will also kick off this weekend, with its Clarence community football to follow next weekend.
While the 2020 and 2021 seasons provided clubs and players with a number of challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2022 season promises to be the biggest yet across northern NSW as those who missed out on football over the last two years return to the game.
Northern NSW Football Community Football Manager Ross Hicks said he was delighted that players were about to step back out onto the pitch.
“The last two years have obviously been hugely challenging. Not just for the players but also parents and volunteers,” Hicks said.
“We wouldn’t have got back on the pitch without them in 2020 and they kept us all on the pitch last year. I am thrilled that everyone can return to playing the game they love.
“We are especially mindful of those part of our Football Far North Coast and North Coast Football communities affected by the recent floods as we continue to support and tangibly assist them.
“Thank you again to all our players, volunteers and parents for your patience and support. And all the very best to our players and match officials across northern NSW this season.”
NNSWF Community Football staff will be out and about this weekend making visits to a number of clubs to thank them for their commitment to the game and to lend a hand.
Community football in Northern Inland, Football Mid North Coast and Football Far North Coast is scheduled to start next weekend.
Northern NSW Football thanks Newcastle Permanent, its major partner of community football.
Visit your local Zone website to find your nearest match and get out and support your club.