Inverell Football Club’s 2017 junior season has kicked off with particularly strong registrations in the 12-13s, a focus on a well-organised comp, and an aim to develop players and coaches.
President Anthony Alliston said the club had 375 registered players in seven age divisions.
”Last year we had 403, so it’s slightly down, but I think that just comes with trends in age groups,” Alliston said.
“We’re very happy with the numbers – there are 42 teams, which is really good. This year, our 12-13s competition is very strong; there are four teams with 15 players in each team. Last year we struggled to field four teams and you might have had 11 or 12 players in each team.”
Alliston said the game time slots had been designed so younger players could play up a division.
“In the cold of winter when numbers drop off, kids in the 10-11s can stand in in the 11-12s. It also gives them a really good opportunity to play at a higher level.”
He said some highlights would be a two-day clinic with Brisbane Roar FC on July 13 and 14, which would include a session on “coaching the coaches”.
On June 25 Inverell will host a regonal carnival; and towards the end of the year, the club will take a coachload of kids and volunteers to a Brisbane Roar game.
Alliston said there had been “an overwhelming amount of support” from local businesses, volunteers, and the council.