The new President of Bowral Football Club has promised a revamped club in 2017, with a perfect mix of fun and top quality coaching, as registrations for the winter season get underway in February.
Highlands businessman Craig McIntosh was elected as the club’s new president at the end of 2016 and is currently managing the rush of registrations for the club’s juniors and senior male and female teams.
While the season doesn’t get underway until April, McIntosh said players keen to sign up, and parents eager to register their kids needed to do so this month.
He said a big effort had been made in the off-season to revive the club’s executive committee and ensure coaching is of the highest standard and is professionally organised.
In junior ranks, coaching will be conducted by parent volunteers, and the club will follow the Football Federation of Australia curriculum, with coaches advised by the Highlands Soccer Association.
“Whilst the emphasis for junior players is on having fun and developing a real love for the game, in 2017 we will ensure that coaches are well trained at the start of the season, that training sessions will be properly set up with all equipment,” McIntosh said.
“In this way, kids will also get to learn the fundamental skills of the game as well as having fun.”
Bowral FC training will be held at its traditional home ground Stephens Park, however home matches will continue to be played at David Wood Playing Fields in East Bowral, as Council has still not repaired Stephens Park’s amenities block following a fire in 2014.
McIntosh said that while football faces competition for players from other sporting codes, it is growing in popularity due to the inclusive nature of the game and the positive role strong clubs have in the community.
“Football is non-contact, fun, and has mixed teams in the junior ranks - all of which make it very appealing to many parents,” he said.
He said February was the critical month for registrations. Registrations can be made online and the club is keen to build up its senior ranks of men and women again.
Having taken on the presidency, McIntosh said he was keen to position the club as a large and vibrant part of the local community.
“I volunteered primarily to do something for the community. The club also needed some fresh energy, and I saw the opportunity to revitalise the club,” he said.
“It will be a joint effort by me, the committee and volunteers, and we already feel a new level of energy around the club.”
Registrations can be made online at www.bowralfc.org.au or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.