Dear Hills Spirit Community, 

It’s Chris here, your new Club President for 2018,  and I’ve just been handed the reigns of the President email account so you will be able to reach me using the email going forward.

This is just a brief note to firstly thank our outgoing President, Mark McCrea, who has done an outstanding job in the role over the past few years. He played an instrumental role in implementing and navigating some of the most significant changes in our club’s history, such as the move into the new Hills Association, together with attracting new sponsors and being a passionate advocate of our club within the wider community. This tireless work in that role is greatly appreciated by not only me but I’m sure I speak for all us at the club. Thankfully, we will still have Mark involved as Treasurer and as part of the Executive Committee as Chairman, so he is not lost to the club as we move into the next phase of our growth as a club.

As Mark has listed the number of achievements throughout recent years in his previous email, our next aim is to build on that solid platform that our committee and dedicated volunteers have put into place.

We are already looking at way that we can grow the club both now and into the future so we can develop into the club of choice for our booming region. During the off season, we are already in discussions the Association on ways that we can do that which will include:

        Growing player numbers at all ages from youth football to seniors so we are able to cater for ;

        Establishing teams for the first time in female competitions;

        Providing opportunities for players at all levels to develop their football skills;

        Hosting coaching courses during the year so our coaches have the tools to help our coaches improve our players;

        Providing development pathways into elite football for players, referees and coaches.

These are exciting times for the club and I really look forward to working together with you all towards achieving these goals. Registrations commence in the new year, so whilst it might seem early to start thinking about football in the winter season, it is a good opportunity to start looking at getting your teams together. 

You will hear more about these developments in the new year. If you would like to get in touch, please feel free to contact me.

Wishing you and your families a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Take care and see you in 2018!

Yours in sport,

Chris Thian, President Hills Spirit FC.