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Summer Football scorches across NSW

Summer Football scorches across NSW
November 4, 2015

Summer football has been kicking goals over recent months with 17 new venues jumping on board Football NSW’s increasingly popular competition.

With player records set to be broken with current registrations over the 26,000 mark, the increase in venues has once again displayed the important role summer football plays in the development of the sport.

Summer Football competitions are conducted by Football NSW clubs and associations from September to March, with 66 affiliated centres currently running competitions.

Writing in the latest issue of Australasian Leisure Management, Football NSW Media Manager Mark Stavroulakis explains that “providing an ideal platform of playing football all year round, this social version of football has given participants the opportunity to keep fit throughout the summer months across all age groups.

“Keeping fit and playing the beautiful game all year round provides a great experience for the whole family to enjoy with its flexible yet consistent model.

“Players six to 11 years love the discovery phase of football in a non-competitive atmosphere while players 12 years and above have the ability to show off their skills and compete in a fun and safe environment.

“Along with the normal Summer Football Season, there is also a special Summer Football Champion of Champions component attached to it.

“The Champion of Champions tournament is a celebration of the summer of football and the teams that have had success on the pitch in Summer Football Open Mens and Open Womens competitions.”

Football NSW deliver this tournament at no additional cost to affiliated summer football competition operators or participating teams with the venue being Valentine Sports Park, the home of Football NSW.

The interest in Football NSW’s Summer Football has increased ten-fold with Football NSW’s Game Development Manager Hayley Todd impressed with the rapid traction the sport has achieved.

Todd explains “summer football has come through leaps and bounds and continues to impress the sporting community.

“The level of interest for the game has risen considerably and that’s thanks to the structure and the venue hosts who have done a tremendous job in facilitating these matches on a week to week basis.”

Key learnings from 2014 were that the affiliation process was conducted more consistently and the information was provided to centres earlier. The marketing aspect of Summer Football was also at a new level as it was promoted more efficiently online and via social media.

An official Football NSW Play Summer Football video was created for the purpose of the new season and this has been well received.

The major talking point has been the increase of venues playing host to a number of matches on a weekly basis.

The Northern Beaches especially have taken to the game with the Manly Warringah Football Association’s summer competition at Cromer Park having over 2,000 players grace its artificial turf on a weekly basis.

Ash Road Sporting Complex, run by Southern Districts as well as APIA Leichhardt Tigers’ home of football, Lambert Park have also had a great turnout of players with over 1,700 registered.

Outside Sydney, Shoalhaven District Football Association’s South Nowra Football Grounds has done a remarkable job with over 1,800 players taking part.

A significant factor in the growth of summer football has seen a growing number of competitions being staged on artificial turf.

Venues that install artificial turf surfaces do so with an expectation of increased usage, and summer football competitions provide proof of the ability of such surfaces to accommodate increased usage while also generating significant additional income for venue managers and facility operators.

High quality artificial synthetic turf venues such as Blacktown Football Park, Seymour Shaw, Northbridge Oval, Blackman Park, Cammeray Oval, David Phillips Oval and Sydney United Sports Centre accommodate summer football.

As Stavroulakis adds “with a significant number of new synthetic fields currently being built or in the planning stage in NSW, the future for Summer Football looks extremely bright.”

In addition to summer football, Futsal continues to grow in popularity while a number of venues run competitions not affiliated with Football NSW.

Football NSW is staging a one-day Facilities Forum at its recently redeveloped Valentine Sports Park headquarters on Friday 6th November.

The event is aimed at members of the football family featuring presentations, panel discussions and plenty of debate and information sharing on a wide variety of facilities topics.

Click here to view event details in the Australasian Leisure Management industry Calendar.

Images courtesy of summer football at Lambert Park courtesy of Damian Briggs Photography. Click here to visit the Damian Briggs Photography Facebook page.

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19th December 2014 - FOOTBALL NSW TO HOST 2015 FFA NATIONAL FUTSAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

2nd December 2014 - INNOVATIVE COOLING SYSTEM TO REDUCE ARTIFICIAL TURF TEMPERATURES

30th March 2014 - STUDY FINDS NO DIFFERENCE IN PLAYER INJURY RATES ON ARTIFICIAL TURF SURFACES

18th October 2013 - FIFA EXTENDS COOPERATION WITH FOOTBALL TURF ‘PREFERRED PRODUCERS’


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