Getting ready for season kick-off
Traditional winter sport is just around the corner and Football Far North Coast has almost 30 clubs across the region taking player registrations at the moment.
The junior competitive season starts on the weekend commencing March 30, with one round to be played prior to the school holidays. For the little kids, small-sided football starts on Saturday, April 28, and judging from the level of interest we are in for a bumper season.
Over at South Lismore there is a lot of excitement with player numbers in most age groups either full or close to being so.
Kerryn Halliday is the junior registrar and along with husband Jason, the club treasurer, has been spending many hours actively promoting participation at the very proud and long-standing club.
Publicity for football has been given great impetus by a sponsorship negotiated in Northern NSW with the Newcastle Permanent Building Society, which has also provided valuable marketing material to buoy junior player registrations.
South Lismore FC was formed in 1946 and is now proudly known as South Lismore Celtics, clearly a Scottish link. Although the club has had senior teams for most of its existence, it was formed primarily to promote junior football. Current president Steve Towner, like his late father before him (life member Barrie Towner), has always been very passionate about this core value.
The Halliday name is also synonymous with the southside club and typical of many clubs who have husband-and-wife teams doing so much work, Jason and Kerryn are as enthusiastic as anyone can be working for grassroots football.
Daughter Tahlia may be only six years of age but she cannot wait for her second season of football to begin. After being presented with a football, shinpads and various fun items courtesy of the club's sponsor, she is really excited about playing football in 2012. Younger sister Caitlyn has to wait until next year before she can play but there is no doubt which club she will turn out for. With mum and dad still playing and spending a lot of time at the football club, I am sure that a lot of football fun will be had at South Lismore.