Dear Hills Spirit Community,
Welcome all to the 2017 Football season and what promises to be a very exciting year for the Hills Spirit Football Club. There has been an enormous amount of activity during the off season and many exciting changes for our club. On behalf of our dedicated committee we hope everybody has a safe and enjoyable year with all games played in the intended spirit and sportsmanship.
We welcome back The Island Oosh as our major sponsor. Last season proved to be a very rewarding partnership for both parties and this year’s promises more of the same. We also welcome back our other key club sponsors, Jaison and Estela and the team at Financial Elements along with Ian and Leonie from Art In Images. The club is extremely grateful for their continued support and all details of our sponsors are available under the ‘Sponsors’ tab via our website.
Hills Spirit FC are proud to be an inaugural member of the new Hills Football Association. A great deal of effort was required from some key people within the club to make this happen and to help get the new association up and running, and it’s an exciting time for the entire Hills Football association.
Last season was a big year of change for our proud community club with some new key sponsors, a new field (including new goals and new lights), our inaugural development squad with ASA Football, the introduction of our Vision and Values statement, our first ever Kids Dance Party and key changes to our trivia night, AGM and presentation day activities.
This season sees our club break away from NSWCFA and into the new Hills Football comp. We have also developed our new club logo, revamped the website, are building and sourcing new goals for the new competition, running our first ever in-house Mini-Roos competition and implementing some new and exciting fundraising activities, starting with our recent Bunnings BBQ at Castle Hill which raised $1,500 for much needed gear and equipment for our club. There will be more fundraising announcement coming soon!
The 2017 season kicks off on Saturday 1st April. The draw hasn’t been released as yet, and we expect to see the full draw before the season commences. Tomorrow night we hold our Coaches & Managers meeting and we will be participating in referees courses and coaching clinics over the coming weeks. Coaches and Managers will be in contact with you shortly to get the season underway!
It’s important to remember what draws us to Hills Spirit as a community based Football Club. The club has a long and proud history and offers a unique experience to our local community. Our school and community based alignment means our teams are built upon the foundations of school and community based friendship rather than forced grading. This helps us build life-long friendships not just amongst our players, but our parents as well.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our committed club volunteers, who willingly dedicated their time as committee members, coaches and managers, and assisting in other club activities. Some of our volunteers no longer have children playing at the club but still unselfishly give up their time for the benefit of Hills Spirit FC and our junior players. The club only runs successfully due to the commitment of these volunteers, and I thank you in advance for another successful and enjoyable season.
As an amateur club, we rely on the support of our community and I ask all parents to get behind their teams and their club, and to help out with club fundraising activities, BBQ roster and field set-up when your team is rostered on for these duties. Without your support we cannot succeed!
This season, we would also like to compile a club Business Directory. Many of our parents and community friends own, run or work in local businesses, and we would like to publish these to share amongst this group. This helps strengthen our community spirit and allows all of us to make key contacts within our club community. If this is something you would like to be part of, please email your name, name of business, contact details (email and mobile) and a brief description of the business and send this to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeanette will then compile a full list and email out to all our members…….
Finally, I hope you all enjoy a fun and successful season and I look forward to seeing you all around the grounds!
Go Hills Spirit FC!
Yours in sport,
Mark McCrea, President Hills Spirit FC.
Dear Hills Spirit FC Community,
It is with great pleasure that I announce Hills Spirit FC, along with 18 other local football clubs, have officially been accepted as a foundation member club for the new Hills Football association.
This is a massive achievement our our club and signals a new era for Hills Spirit FC. There will be one local football competition in The Hills from next season, the Hills Football Association, which is fully sanctioned by Football NSW.
Additionally, Hills Spirit FC will still provide opportunities for our teams to play in NSWCFA (Churches) competitions if this is a preference and we are currently working through this with NSWCFA.
I will advise of any further developments for next seasons competition as they arise. There will be many meetings and workshops to be held this side of Christmas to get the new competition up and running next season and the proper governance in place. Registrations are likely to be delayed from normal as infrastructure and logistics are sorted through for the new competition, and all clubs will be in the same position in this regard.
Importantly, I will keep the Hills Spirit FC community updated with information as it becomes available.
Exciting times ahead for our proud and passionate club and members!
Yours in sport,
Mark McCrea, President Hills Spirit FC.