Dear Hills Spirit Community,

I hope you had a wonderful time celebrating Christmas and Santa delivered what you wished for!

Even though it is very warm right now, the last thing you may be thinking about is winter but it is almost time to register for football in Season 2018.

Our club will be opening registrations on Monday 8 January 2018. In relation to this registration process, please note the following:

Team Formation: If you have a team of players who want to play together, great! However, if not, please still register and we will do our best to match you to a team for your age group. Naturally, teams will lose players as players move on to other things, try new sports, move to elite level football eg SAP/Youth NPL or change clubs etc. However, even if your team has lost players or disbanded, don’t despair, we will try our very best to match that player to a team. 

Feel free to contact myself or any of the committee members if you need help in forming a team.

An email with steps on how to complete the registration procedure will be sent out closer to the time registrations open. 

Active Kids Rebate: you may have heard about the NSW Government’s Active Kids Rebate Scheme which will launch on 31 January 2018. Essentially, under the scheme the NSW Government will provide a $100 voucher to parents/guardians of school enrolled children (K to Year 12). The $100 voucher can be used for registration and participation costs for sport and fitness activities. You must apply for the voucher separately from Service NSW on and from 31 January 2018 to take advantage of the scheme.

If you are seeking to make use of this voucher for Hills Spirit registration fees, you can do so through the www.myfootballclub.com.au registration process which will automatically reduce the registration fee charge by $100. Even though the scheme opens later than the date we open registrations, you will still be able to claim the rebate. The process will be slightly different however depending on whether you register before or after 31 January 2018. 

We will outline the process in the registration email that we will send out shortly.

For further information on the Active Kids Rebate see:

https://sport.nsw.gov.au/sectordevelopment/activekids

Registration Fee Changes: Fees will slightly increase across the board (but will still be one of the lowest in the Association). This will amount to approximately $20 per player across the membership base. This is mainly due to covering the rising cost of ground fees, the club’s contribution for the installation of a defibrillator at the home ground later in the year (we have just applied for a government grant to cover some of this cost), purchasing of additional apparel and equipment.

This is a great club with a fantastic community spirit. I know this is something that sets us apart from many other clubs in this region. Our aim is to try and cater for everyone and treat our members as individuals not numbers. Therefore, I hope to see as many of you returning to the club for the 2018 season as possible. 

If you decide to not return, good luck in your future endeavours, and we hope to see you back with us again some time in the future.

Have a fantastic New Year and stay tuned for further information on the registration process.

Yours in sport,

Chris Thian, President Hills Spirit FC.