A Message from the Chair and CEO of Northern NSW Football

January 4th, 2021

On behalf of the Board of Directors, Management and Staff of Northern NSW Football, we sincerely wish all of the game’s valued stakeholders a safe, healthy and football packed New Year.

The less said about 2020 the better, however it would be remiss of us not to acknowledge the remarkable resilience of our football community and, in particular, the army of club volunteers who selflessly dedicated themselves to their clubs and local communities in what was an exceptionally challenging season.

Your commitment and willingness to “just get on with it” was nothing short of inspirational. Despite the prolonged suspension of football and restrictions imposed on community sport, approximately 40,000 players participated in traditional Winter competitions and MiniRoos in 2020. A further 14,000 players registered for Summer Football and other modified formats proving that it will take more than a global pandemic to keep us from playing, coaching and officiating our favourite sport.

Unfortunately, NNSWF was not immune to the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The game’s revenues and funding were slashed and as a result a third of our valued workforce was shed. The Board took stock and determined to amend the governing body’s strategic plan. The revised strategic plan, Play On! responds to a myriad of influences which have impacted our operating environment.

On a positive note, the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup has been identified as a focus area to ensure the event, which will be hosted on home soil, delivers an enduring legacy for future generations. Our amended plan will also align with Football Australia’s recently released XI Principles for the Future of Australian Football.

We look forward to your ongoing participation and contribution to the growth, development and promotion of our great game. It is an exciting time be part of the region’s largest sport as we unite and respond to the many challenges and opportunities. With your help, we will deliver an enduring legacy for future generations and build better and stronger communities through football.

NNSWF is open for business and ready to assist clubs prepare for the biggest season ever. We encourage you to engage with our Management and Staff who are committed to serving the football community throughout northern NSW.

Yours sincerely,

David Eland – CEO

Helene O’Neill – Chair

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