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Nepean FA

Members Newsletter
Vol. 2, Issue 3
17 March 2017

WELCOME

Welcome to the Nepean Football Association's Members Pre-Season Newsletter. We look forward to providing you with regular updates throughout the season.
We also welcome your contributions to our Football Community Newsletter. Please forward your photos or items of interest to admin@nepeanfootball.com.au.

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NEPEAN FA CLUB VENUE RESTRICTIONS FOR 2017 SEASON

Some of the clubs you might visit during the season have restrictions on the use of their fields that apply to all members and visitors.  Please note and respect the following restrictions that some of our clubs have in place.
 
ALL FIELDS
All council owned fields (which cover about 98% of our clubs) have a NO GLASS BOTTLES rule. Most non council clubs also have this in place.  As a general rule therefore, please don't take beverages in glass bottles to any Nepean FA Venue.  All venues have a total Alcohol ban at Junior games (that includes Up to & Including U18's.  On Saturday's there is a total alcohol ban, on Sunday's patrons may only consume alcohol in designated areas where one exists.  Where one doesn't exist, and where a specific bans are not in place, alcohol may only be more than 10m from a playing field.  Referees are instructed to report breaches of this regulation. Penalties apply.

There is no smoking permitted in any Spectator Area or Playground area at ANY sporting field.
Please Click here to view more information
 
HUNTER FIELDS (EMU PLAINS FC)
Emu Plains FC (Hunter Fields) currently have a 100% TOTAL ALCOHOL BAN for 12 months.  All Days, All Areas.  This includes within the boundaries of the carpark, outer fields and any parts of the amenities buildings.  Please do not argue or debate this with Emu Plains FC officials who will be working hard to implement the Association placed ban on their fields.  Members from other clubs who refuse to comply will be reported to Nepean FA.  Alcohol breech penalties will be applied to visiting clubs.  

MULGOA RISE (GLENMORE PARK FC)
 
Glenmore Park have signposted designated alcohol consumption areas.  They also have a 100% smoking ban within the perimeter of their fields at Mulgoa Rise.  Again, please ask your members not to become argumentative when asked to take their alcohol to the designated area, or if asked to leave the fields while smoking. Alcohol breech penalties will be applied to visiting clubs.
 

LUDDENHAM OVAL (WERRINGTON F.C.)

ALCOHOL POLICY: Werrington FC's home ground Luddenham Oval is situated on privately owned land which also has a licensed premises, The Croatian Cultural Association Club. The owners of the land enforce the rule that no alcohol is to be brought onto the property. If anyone does bring alcohol then they will be asked to leave by Werrington officials. Alcohol is available to be purchased & can be consumed in a responsible manner at selected areas of the grounds. Note drinking in the car park after the game is also not allowed.

KEVIN DWYER RES (ST MARYS BAND CLUB)

Sunday alcohol is permitted only under the awing & on the white log.
 
OTHER FOOTBALL NEWS
NEPEAN FA ROADSHOW SUCCESS
The Nepean FA Pre-Season Information Roadshow went off with a bang. Across the three venues we had 112 coaches, managers, and committee members attend these sessions to gain valuable information in regards to the 2017 season. The sessions gave attendees direct access to the Association's General Manager Linda Cerone, along with Football Manager James Rankine and head of the Nepean Referee's Group Graham Chapman allowing them to ask questions directly in regards to the association and its competition, changes to coaching accreditation requirements, and the new changes to the Laws of the Game.

Thank you to all who attended and we hope you enjoyed the sessions.

COMPETITIONS UPDATE

We are currently in the process of gathering all the relevant information in order to form the 2017 Winter Competition. We have been battling away for the past 2 weeks and hope to have the first three rounds of the draw available early to mid next week. Please respect this as the more calls we receive from individuals and clubs asking when this will be available, the longer it will take us to get it out.

10 Team Competitions and Premier League are scheduled to start next Saturday 25th March and next Sunday 26th March (weather permitting). The remainder of the competition will start the following week (31st March, 1st, 2nd April).

The Nepean FA Cups will go ahead for the following age groups:
- U12 Mixed
- All Age Men
- All Age Women

The elimination rounds for the Nepean FA Cups are scheduled to take place in the first week of April (weather permitting).

PLEASE NOTE: Glenmore Park FC have new playing fields this year. They will now operate out of Mulgoa Rise and will continue to operate out of Blue Hills. Please take note of this change.

SHUSH WEEKEND

Keep an eye out for notices regarding shush weekend in May. The national campaign of "Let Kids be Kids" aims to address poor sideline behaviour.

For more information regarding the campaign and what to expect please Click Here.

AROUND THE FIELDS IN PRE-SEASON


Preseason – what does it mean?
The answer is different for everyone. For example, for players, it signals registrations, fitness, friendships and making sure your gear is ready. For coaches, ensuring accreditation is up to date, meeting team members, planning coaching sessions, registering and collecting gear.

Venues have come alive over recent weeks with midweek training, and with preseason matches. Preseason matches are organised by clubs for their teams. Many NFA clubs organise matches against teams from other associations. The preparations to get the teams on the park is more involved than one might think.
Club committees take on tasks of
  • contacting clubs,
  • exchanging team lists with other clubs,
  • organising fields with posts and line-marking,
  • completing sanction and field hire paperwork,
  • communicating match details with teams,
  • organising referees,
  • and starting up venues with canteens, first aid kits, field markings.
One club reported that it was the dress rehearsal for the ‘real thing’.  Not everything will go to plan. Some teams may miss out, or pieces of equipment may be missing, or teams may pull out at the last minute but one thing is for sure, the players enjoy the experience of once again taking part in our beautiful game.
Take a bow all club committees for offering your members the opportunity to be involved in preseason matches and activities.

Gail MacLeod-Jones - NFA Director

NEPEAN FA SPONSORS



We would like to continue to acknowledge the wonderful support given to us by our sponsors Deploy Football and NRMA Roadside Assist.

Follow the link below for more information on the services and products provided by Deploy Football.
MORE INFO HERE

Follow the link below for more information on the services provided by NRMA Roadside Assist.
MORE INFO HERE

COACHING NEWS

FEMALE FOOTBALL WEEK 2017

Last Friday saw the last of the NFA activities celebrating all the females in our great game and Female Football Week for 2017.
To coincide with Female Football Week, 3 fun sessions were scheduled on the 8th, 9th and 10th March and players of all ages and abilities came along and played a whole heap of fun games and challenges. All up around 250 girls and women attended our events and celebrated with us.
The NFA would like to thank and acknowledge Football NSW, Western Sydney Wanderers, Nepean FC and NRMA Insurance who all contributed to this initiative as well as the host clubs and all the people at NFA, board and staff, who made it all come together.
 

For the full article, Click Here.

Courses still available include:

GRASSROOTS COURSES

Pitt Park, Wentworth Falls – 23rd  March 2017 G/Roots WFFC

GRASSROOTS EXPO – Cook Park, St Marys – 20th March 2017

SKILLS TRAINING CERTIFICATE

Berger Road Res, South Windsor - 19th & 27th March 2017

Division 1 coaches who are still yet to get accredited will now be required to travel out of area in order to do so. Failure to comply will result in teams playing for no points until such time as they achieve their accreditation.

FOCUS CLUB OF THE WEEK: NEPEAN FOOTBALL DRAGONS

'Nepean Football Dragons' is an initiative started in 2007 by  Nepean Football Association, to provide an avenue for children and adults with  a disability or special needs, to play football in a non-stressful environment, where they’ll learn skills and be part of a team. Our special needs program is adjusted for players who cannot participate in a mainstream team because they have a physical disability, intellectual disability, Autism, language delay........
 
Every Saturday morning, they meet at Jamison Park to practice skills and then have a game. Throughout the season they may visit other clubs and host other teams, and also enjoy being part of the Football 4 All special needs gala day.

If you're interested in finding out more information about our very unique club, please contact:

Sharon Slender - President
Email: sslender@bigpond.net.au
Phone: 0438 742 534

APPROVED ALDI MINIROOS KICKOFF PROGRAM CLUBS

Aldi MiniRoos is a nation wide initiative aimed at introducing the sport of football to newcomers. The following clubs are approved for the Aldi MiniRoos Kick-off program. If you have a child between the ages of 4 and 11 and would like to enroll them in the program, please contact one of the following clubs for more information:
- Cranebrook United SC
- Glenmore Park FC
- Penrith FC

For more information on the Aldi MiniRoos Kick-off Program please Click Here.

SPONSORS & TRADING PARTNERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME AT NEPEAN FA

Did you know that our Newsletter reaches over 9000 members.  Our website receives up to 10,000 hits per week during the season, and our Facebook page is liked by 1000's!
If your company is interested in partnering with the NFA and would like to enjoy the benefits of a partnership with us, please contact our Operations Manager, Linda Cerone on 4731 2911 or via email to admin@nepeanfootball.com.au - We'd love to work with you in season 2016.
HERE'S A GREAT RESOURCE - PLAY BY THE RULES ONLINE MAGAZINE

The latest issue of the Play by the Rules magazine is now out. Feature articles, news items and updates on safe, fair and inclusive sport. 

To access the magazine, please Click Here.

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