The growing Nepean Football Association is excited to welcome back players for the 2022 season, following the disruption of 2021.
The delivery of two new synthetic pitches at Jamison Park will allow the Nepean Football Association to better serve its 30 clubs, as well as showcasing the region’s best senior talent.
Jamison Park will play host to two showcase games from the men’s Waratah League and the women’s Ruby League at the newly-opened grounds that will serve as one of the Association’s main grounds as it looks to get a full season of football in for 2022.
To encourage the return of open-age players in 2022, Nepean Football Association will be offering a rebate on fees for returning senior players this season, whilst the Association will also be absorbing a fee increase for junior players – new and returning – to ensure that fees remain the same in 2022 as was the case in 2021.
NFA General Manager Linda Cerone said the rebates were aimed at helping retain existing players, as well as ensuring that the game remains affordable for new players entering the sport.
“It goes without saying that we want to see our existing players return,” she said.
“We have experienced a rise in registrations costs for juniors, which we are absorbing to keep fees the same for juniors.”
Cerone said the NFA was also creating a new role for 2022 for a Community Football Development Manager, who will be tasked with rolling out coaching education programs.
The NFA will be making educational courses more accessible for all coaches within the Association at a grassroots level, with a particular focus on female coaches.
“We are sponsoring 100% of the costs for the cost of three female coaches per club to take on courses at game training, skill and senior level coaching courses,” she said.
“This is part of our support program for female coaches and we’re hoping that should add an extra 90 female coaches to our female football coach quota.
“We want to see more female coaches. We believe where females see other females in that space, it naturally attracts more females to give it a go.
“We’re trying to address all the barriers. Whether it’s cost, whether it’s the fact that they might be the one female in the whole coaching workshop and they feel subconscious, we just want to make sure they feel comfortable and have access to all-female workshops where they can feel comfortable and better their coaching ability.”
The cost of this support program is expected to come in at $11,000, representing a significant investment from the NFA.
Players and coaches looking to get back into football in 2022 can find their local club by heading to https://nepeanfootball.com.au/find-a-club/.
Check out which clubs you can register for in the NFA area below.