Algie Park situated in Sydney’s Inner West suburb of Haberfield has been a hive of activity thanks to the new TAFE NSW Summer Football competitions that run each and every Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30pm onwards.
Football NSW Development Officer Michali Aizen visited the venue recently and caught up with the founder of the Ashfield Pirates, Club President Jean Kouriel who stated his ambition in growing the centre amongst many other exciting initiatives.
“The focus is on growing the competition but the main purpose and drive behind this is to keep our participants fit, healthy and ready for the next outdoor winter grassroots season.
“It’s also to get them off their iPad’s and laptops.
“This year was certainly a learning curve as we only got access to the ground two weeks before we started so numbers were lower than expected.
“We will hit the promotion hard next year to get the desired numbers.”
Ashfield Pirates currently have 207 players registered for Summer Football and next year the target will be to hit over 500 registered participants.
In a positive sign for the club, it is fantastic to see that already 25 kids from the summer football season have already registered for the 2019 winter football season with one team being an all girls team.
The female figures have been very encouraging with 28% making up the entire group at Algie Park.
Only four years old, the Pirates currently boost 400 registered players making them one of the fastest growing clubs in the Canterbury & District Soccer Football Association.
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