Inverell FC travelled to Tamworth at the end of July to participate in the annual National Primary Games, an event that is coined “a festival of sport”.
There were over 2,000 participants over five sports from as far north as Brisbane, as far south as Newcastle and as far west as Dubbo.
Four football teams from Inverell FC participated in the two day event- an U8 development squad, U9 development squad, U13 development squad and an U14 development squad.
The tournament offered up to eight games across the two days. There were no trophies at the end of the day with the emphasis on inclusion, fair play and sportsmanship.
The major award for the weekend was the “Macquarie Bank Spirit of the Sport Award”.
This was awarded to the teams that demonstrated fair play, sportsmanship and embraced the ethos of the competition and was voted by referees, officials and team managers across each age group.
Inverell FC received this award in the U8s and the U14s.
“This is the most pleasing aspect of our teams participating in these type of events, not only are they capable players but they are also good kids.
To have this voted by officials and other traveling coaches is a testament to our coaches and to Inverell Football Club as a whole,” president, Anthony Alliston said.
The U14s went through the competition undefeated and posted wins against Gunnedah, Kootingal, Maryland Fletcher and East Tamworth with draws played out against Tamworth FC, North Armidale and North Companions.
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The team netted 12 times and only conceded one goal.
The U9s Development squad finished equal first with Tamworth’s St Edwards School when they played out a draw in the final on Sunday.
In another boon for this team, their success this year has seen them receive an invitation to the Central Coast in August where they will play against the Central Coast Mariners franchise and other teams from the Hunter.
“A lot of this success is attributed to the coaches we have at the club” Alliston said.
“Four years ago we had no formal coaches and the kids weren’t getting the development they needed. I think the results speak for themselves.
“We would love to have more coaches, which would mean more kids get developed and the quality of our club grows, it’s that simple”.
With the assistance of Northern Inland Football, Inverell FC has appointed a club coaching coordinator (CCC) in an effort to recruit, support and develop more coaches to the club.
Next year has been flagged as a big year of expansion for football in the region with trials for teams and coaches expected to run throughout October this year in age groups from U8s through to U15s.
If coaching is something that you maybe interested in, or just want some more information please contact the club via their website www.inverellfc.com.au or phone the CCC Peter Browett on 0412 901 089.