The Ashfield Pirates FC and Cooks River Titans FC are the two new clubs that have emerged in the Canterbury District Soccer Football Association.
There are now 691 participating grassroots clubs in NSW, a number up from the previous year with 674. This is exciting news for football in NSW as numbers of emerging clubs continue to grow.
The CDSFA had a gap in Ashfield as it didn’t have a football club; the Pirates have now filled that gap and will offer locals an opportunity to play.
The Pirates believe that football should be played in a fun and professional environment and are excited ahead of their first season.
Jean Kouriel, Pirates president, says the club offers kids good quality training in a fun and friendly environment.
“Kids are having fun with the different training sessions which we provide to all of our age groups.”
The Pirates have ensured that when a player registers with them that they receive a full football kit, placing them in a professional surrounding.
“We want the kids to feel as though they are professional football players.”
“From the outset, we will provide them with the full kit and then we will assist with their development to become the best players that they can be.”
The Ashfield Pirates will have both boys and girls teams and will play their home games at Pratten Park for the 2015 season.
Like the Pirates, the Cooks River Titans are another new team to become a part of the CDSFA.
Similarly to the Ashfield area, the CDSFA established that the boundary of Earlwood, Tempe and Wolli Creek needed a football club, alas the Titans.
Titans president Nick Kambounias is working hard ahead of the new season.
“In November 2014, the club’s application was accepted by the CDSFA and since then we are working very hard to get the club up and running for season 2015.”
The Titans have already started their registrations for the new season and are confident they will have a decent number of players for their inaugural season.
“At the moment we only have 10 players officially registered but through connections with players and teams we foresee we will have anywhere between 100 to 150 players in our first year ranging from Under 6 yrs old to Over 35s.”
“If we can achieve over 100 players in our first year that would be fantastic.”
Kambounias believes his club can grow and re-iterates the importance of grass root football.
“The club has already set a goal of attracting people to our sport. We have reduced our fees as a starting point. We also want to continually reinvest funds back into our club and the sport, whether it be better coaching, better gear, better training equipment, better facilities or reducing the fees even lower.”
“Grass roots football is the foundation of our next generation of Socceroos.”
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-By Nikola Pozder