The 133rd season of football has well and truly kicked off in Northern NSW and you can’t go anywhere without seeing beaming boys and girls swarming around a hallowed football.
Football continues to boom throughout Northern NSW. There are more people playing the great game throughout Northern NSW than ever before, and early signs are that participation is on the rise one again in 2017, evidence of the Australian Sports Commission’s (ASC) AusPlay survey which confirmed Football as the leading club-based participation sport in the country.
NNSWF’s long-term major partnership with Newcastle Permanent Building Society as the Official Partner in Community Football has been crucial to the game’s growth and popularity.
The partnership has dramatically reduced the governing body’s reliance on player registration fees as a source of revenue.
In fact, the Newcastle Permanent’s support has empowered NNSWF to freeze the Member Federation’s registration fee for the past two seasons and decrease the registration fee for the youngest players in our game by 45% compared to four years ago.
The staggering increase in the number of young girls choosing to play football since the commencement of the Newcastle Permanent’s support of the game at the grassroots level in 2012 is simply amazing with the number of girls between the ages of 5 and 7 playing football skyrocketing by 37% across Northern NSW.
The Newcastle Permanent and NNSWF are also celebrating the distribution of 60 thousand FREE footballs to Entry Level players since the inception of the partnership.
The free “Perm” footballs are enormously popular and add enormous value in a highly competitive market.
The Newcastle Permanent’s support of Community Football also extends to the thousands of administrators, volunteers, coaches and match officials who are dedicated to delivering the best possible participation experience.
Coaching Master Classes, Skill of the Week videos, monthly recognition award Program, and volunteer training series are just some of the many programs and services delivered by NNSWF thanks to the Newcastle Permanent’s ongoing support of our game and local communities.