A commitment to building club culture and dedication to juniors has seen Moore Creek FC achieve five-star accreditation in the National Club Development Program.
Moore Creek FC are relatively new to Tamworth football having formed in 2019. The club have quickly established a strong brand through their bright orange colours and bold logo depicting the Mountain Goat.
Club secretary Adam Miller said Moore Creek FC was created by a group of fathers and players who had children at other clubs and wanted to bring them together.
“We set about developing a strong culture in the club right through from juniors to seniors,” Miller said.
“The logo and colours really stand out amongst the other clubs. You know when a Mountain Goats team is playing when you walk down on a Saturday morning and you see eight or nine teams playing. We really light up the fields.”
Moore Creek FC president Matt Bridge said the initial aim was to develop the club’s juniors and grow from there, with the future goal to have a competitive senior team.
“We had 12s, 13s and 14s at the top of the table this year,” Bridge said.
“[The COVID-19 pandemic] prevented the Champion of Champions from going ahead in Coffs Harbour. [But] those kids will fight hard next season to earn a place in that tournament. It would certainly be a great achievement for the Mountain Goats to be in Coffs Harbour playing the best teams from other competitions.”
Northern NSW Football Club Development Officer Phillip Andrews said Moore Creek FC had quickly established itself as a progressive football club which delivered participation opportunities to a growing number of players, coaches and volunteers.
“The club has used the questions of the NCDP and the associated resources to adopt policies and reaffirm their governance,” Andrews said.
“Posting policies and resources on the club’s website creates transparency and reinforces the culture that this hard-working committee is striving to create.
“The club has an action plan for further development that prioritises the continued development of strategies to grow female participation aligned with the strategic objectives of Football Australia and NNSWF.”
Club treasurer Matt Hall said gaining five-star NCDP accreditation was huge for the club.
“The process brought to our attention many aspects of running a football club that we had not addressed before,” Hall said.
“Adopting policies through the committee has completed our structure moving forward. The action plan highlights the importance of developing female football which supports current efforts to field a female team in 2022.”
The NCDP is aligned with the SportAus Club Health Check and has been available to every football club across Australia since 2019. The program supports clubs to develop their governance and procedures while identifying goals that can shape future growth.
NNSWF Club Development Officer Phillip Andrews is available to guide clubs through the NCDP.