Thousands of Northern NSW beginning soccer players have received free footballs for the 2018 season.
Provided annually by Newcastle Permanent, Northern NSW Football’s (NNSWF) official community football partner, close to 9000 balls were given to entry-level players aged seven and under, to help kick-start their time in the sport.
The gift is designed to complement the overall affordability of the game, along with the NSW Government’s Active Kids voucher introduced this year.
Newcastle Permanent has also provided funding for community clubs including the purchase of identification vests for volunteers, duty officers and match officials, and new field signage.
NNSWF chief executive David Eland said the ongoing contribution is keeping people in the game, as well as drawing them to the sport.
“As a major partner Newcastle Permanent allows us to keep player registration fees as low as possible, which is a major drawcard for parents looking for an affordable, fun and safe sport for their children,” Mr Eland said.
“With the profile of the game growing nationally and internationally, particularly with both our national teams qualifying for upcoming World Cups, player numbers continue to increase and we anticipate that with the continued affordability of football we can look forward to further growth in 2018.”
Northern NSW Football have enjoyed the Newcastle Permanent partnership since 2008.
The link helps promote the sport with monthly volunteers, coaches and community club awards given under the company’s name.