Wednesday
Aug312016

WOW! It's been another BIG year. And it's far from over!

Today I had a spare few minutes (which is rare...) and found myself thinking about where we are currently at as a club. And to say it's been yet another huge year would be an understatement!

We have again seen massive growth within our club this year. From our miniroos 6s right through to our seniors we now have 50 teams with a massive 548 registered players. We are still by far and away the largest club in the North Coast Football zone (and still growing....) and we would rival many of the metropolitan clubs.

And with that comes the obvious challenges of making sure we have enough field space allocated to teams for training (with only one field under lights), enough coaches and team leaders to look after all those players and teams, enough funding coming in for equipment to cater for all the teams, continuing to try and update shirts, training and playing gear as needed, catering for all those hungry and thirsty players and families on match day, working with groups and council to head towards upgraded amenities and buildings, field lighting, etc.

But for a club this size the real challenge we face is that we have to run it like a business to achieve all of these things, but at the same time we are only in it to see our kids have fun and be able to walk out on the football field and just enjoy themselves.

But to see so many happy, smiling faces around the fields, to see and hear of the improvement in players and teams across all ages, to see the number of people coming down to the fields on a Saturday, to see the number of coaches and parents helping out each week, and to see the number of teams from 12s and up that have made it into the Top 4 (or only just missed out at the last game) really reinforces to me that whilst at times its a lot of hard work, the Sawtell Football Club has a good culture and is heading in the right direction.

We have also had a good number of volunteers this year to help us out around the canteen and fields of a Saturday, as well as a very small but strong committee running the show. But we can always do with more (there is always a pitch...... chat to Rod or any of the committee if you think you can help out next season, we are always in need of volunteers and committee members).

Last weekend saw our last round of non-competitive football for our 6s to 11s and also our final competition round for our 12s through to senior teams, who are now looking toward the finals. And we have teams into finals in almost every age and division and some Minor premiers as well.

So its far from over yet! And we would love to encourage our 6s to 11s, as well as anyone else that is able, to get out to some games and support our teams in the finals, wear your green, use your voice, show your support and help them get through to the next step if they can. And if they can't, just let them know you are there :)

We also have our Junior Presentation and Family Day for the 6s to 16s happening on Sunday 25th September at Toormina Oval (see separate posts about details), and our Senior Presentation night at our major sponsor the Sawtell Hotel on Saturday evening 1st October.

So I just want to finish by saying a big thankyou to everyone involved in the club this year. Players, parents, families, coaches and team leaders, volunteers, committee, and the spouses or significant others who allow us to spend a large chunk of our time away from home and family to do what needs to be done.

Thanks to all for making it another awesome year at Sawtell FC, and good luck to our teams in the finals. See you out on the park!

Kind regards,

Rod Simpson

Sawtell FC President

Tuesday
Jul192016

Nominate your "Sports Dad of the Year"

Nominate your local Sports Dads in the Philips Community Sports Dad of the Year award.

Each Father's Day we celebrate sporting fathers in Australia, professional and amateur, who are great examples on and off the sporting field.

Now you can recognise a local sports dad in your community for the chance to be crowned the Community Sports Dad of the Year. 

Whether it's a dad that coaches his local junior team, helps the local sports club with funding or support, or simply plays competitive sport on the weekend, now is the chance to highlight a father who's an inspiration to your local sports club and community.

The public can help their nominated sports dad join some of the biggest names in Australian sport who have been crowned the celebrity Philips Sports Dad of the Year. Previous finalists in the competition have included AFL superstars Sam Mitchell and Luke Hodge; NRL champions Cameron Smith and Johnathan Thurston; two-time Grand Slam tennis champion Lleyton Hewitt; Socceroo captain Mile Jedinak; captain of the all-conquering Kookaburras Mark Knowles and one of the world's best modern day cricket players, Shane Watson.

To get involved, people simply need to go to sportsdads.com.au/community and explain in 100 words or less why they think their chosen sports dad should be crowned the Community Sports Dad of the Year.

The Community Sports Dad of the Year winner will be provided with a $5,000 Rebel Sports voucher to donate to his sporting club of choice for some new gear or sporting equipment.  

Nominations are now open, so don't forget to log on to sportsdads.com.au/community. Nominations and entries end on Sunday August 21, and the winner will be announced before Father's Day, Sunday September 4.  See the website for full terms and conditions.

2015 Winner - Jason Greenhalgh, Orange - donated $5,000 voucher to Bloomfield Junior RLFC

Tuesday
Jun212016

Referee Recognition Weekend will be held on June 24-26

Referees recognition weekend is an initiative being conducted in 2016 by Northern NSW Football across all clubs and zones to publicly recognise, show our appreciation and say thank you to all of our referees and match officials.

Officiating football matches at any level can be a difficult, stressful, intimidating and often thankless job.

"Thanks Ref Weekend" gives the football community the chance to show our referees and match officials that they are a valued member of the football family and are appreciated by players, coaches and supporters alike.

The 2016 "Thanks Ref Weekend" will be held at all matches that take place on Friday 24th, Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th June 2016.

Any club that is hosting a match sanctioned by Northern NSW Football on these dates including all junior, senior and representative fixtures are requested to take part in the day by showing their thanks and appreciation to all match officials present at their club on the day.

All Football junior and youth matches should conclude with both teams shaking hands with all match officials appointed to their match and the opposing team.

If possible, senior matches on the day are asked to include an official line up of the two playing teams. The home team will then proceed along the line and shake hands with all match officials and opposition. The away team will then also walk along in a line to shake hands with match officials i.e. A-League, Champions League.

Tuesday
Jun212016

Silent Saturday - 25th June

What is 'Silent Saturday'?

Silent Saturday is an initiative aimed at all MiniRoos age groups (6s to 11s) and its main purpose is to just let the kids play and have fun without having to worry about how their performance is affecting the adults on the sidelines.

Why have 'Silent Saturday'?

The objectives of holding a "Silent Saturday" are:

  • To re-emphasise that the game is about letting the kids play and have fun.
  • To give the players a chance to play totally on their own.
  • To eliminate the verbal questioning of the referees' decisions.
  • To help the few parents and coaches who feel they must provide constant direction, and to understand that the kids can play very well on their own with limited instruction.

Kids have the right to play without having to hear:

  • "Wake up! Don't just stand there!"
  • "You have GOT to be kidding me!"
  • "Why do I waste my time coming?"
  • "Watch the game ref you might enjoy it."
  • "Kick it ! Kick it !"

What do we have to do?

Spectators and supporters should refrain from making any verbal comments on the game or direct any comments to the players, referees or coaches - on or off the field.

Clapping IS of course allowed and supporters are encouraged to be creative in how they choose to cheer their child's team - make signs to hold up, bring a scarf in the team's colour and wave it wildly, there are lots of ways to cheer other than verbally.

Friday
May272016

Junior Coaching Clinic - 1st Week of July 2016 Holidays

Limited places for Girls & Boys Aged 6 – 12 years

Sawtell Scorpions invites all junior players from 6 – 12 years of age to participate in our School Holiday Clinic.  The emphasis in each session is on fitness, skills development and enjoyment of the game.  The clinic will be run by the club’s Coaching Coordinator Rachael Oberleuter, who comes with a wealth of experience.  Rachael has completed her Senior Coaching Licence, coached junior development squads for NCF and is now the 1st grade men’s Premier League coach for Sawtell FC.  Your children will not be disappointed with the clinic.

This program is NOT aimed at representative players and is open to all our junior club players interested in a fun learning environment.  Boys and girls are equally welcome.

Players must bring along their own ball, as balls will not be supplied

Clinic will be at Toormina Oval 4th, 5th, 6th & 7th July 2016 (1st week of holidays).  9.00am – 1.00pm daily

Limited canteen facilities will be available daily from 10.30am.  Parents who are able to assist are most welcome.  Children will need to bring their lunch, sunscreen and water bottle daily. BBQ lunch will be provided on the Thursday, the last day of clinic.

Price is only $75.00 for four days or $20.00 per day.  Please complete the application below and return it to the canteen at Toormina Oval, or to Rachael with your payment.  Contact Rachael Oberleuter on 0468 943 755 if you have any queries.

Please ensure your application and payment is in by Saturday 2nd July at the latest

Holiday Coaching Clinic Application Form

Wednesday
May112016

Origin Kebabs - Sawtell FC Sponsors

Big thanks to Enver, Tanyth and the team at Origin Kebabs for their ongoing support and sponsorship of Sawtell FC and our Men's 2nd Division.

Also investing their precious time to help out on the committee, coaching and club events.

Thanks so much guys. We really appreciate it.

Head to the Origin Kebabs Facebook page and share the football love!

Wednesday
Apr062016

Sawtell FC Holiday Coaching Clinic - April 2016

Limited places for Girls & Boys Aged 6 – 12 years

Sawtell Scorpions invites all junior players from 6 – 12 years of age to participate in our School Holiday Clinic.  The emphasis in each session is on fitness, skills development and enjoyment of the game.  The clinic will be run by the club’s Coaching Coordinator Rachael Oberleuter, who comes with a wealth of experience.  Rachael has completed her Senior Coaching Licence, coached junior development squads for NCF and is now the 1st grade men’s Premier League coach for Sawtell FC.  Your children will not be disappointed with the clinic.

This program is NOT aimed at representative players and is open to all our junior club players interested in a fun learning environment.  Boys and girls are equally welcome.

Players must bring along their own ball, as balls will not be supplied

Clinic will be at Toormina Oval 11th, 12th, 13th & 14th April 2016 (1st week of holidays).  9.00am – 1.00pm daily

Limited canteen facilities will be available daily from 10.30am.  Parents who are able to assist are most welcome.  Children will need to bring their lunch, sunscreen and water bottle daily. BBQ lunch will be provided on the Thursday, the last day of clinic.

Price is only $75.00 for four days or $20.00 per day.  Please complete the application below and return it to the canteen at Toormina Oval, or to Rachael with your payment.  Contact Rachael Oberleuter on 0468 943 755 if you have any queries.

Please ensure your application and payment is in by Saturday 9th April at the latest

Holiday Coaching Clinic Application Form

Wednesday
Mar302016

6s and 7s Draw for 2016 Season Released

Below are the 2016 season draws for our 6s and 7s age groups.

First games commence THIS SATURDAY 2nd April 2016.

All 6s and 7s games kickoff at 9am (be there well beforehand to ensure the team is ready and organised to kickoff at 9am)

6s Season Draw

7s Season Draw

Monday
Mar212016

Club Sponsor - Liberty Financial

Derek Lodge at Liberty Financial has thrown his company's full support behind Sawtell FC by offering $250 to the club each and every time one of our club members, or their family members settle a home, car, or other loan with Liberty Financial.

Derek has access to all the major banks as well as an extensive panel of lenders to help you get the best deal out there.

If you are thinking about buying, refinancing, or just want to get an independent opinion of what rates and loan deals are out there for your home or car, then give Derek a call on 0402 683 315, or email him at dlodge@libertynetwork.com.au There is no obligation to have a chat, he just wants to see you get the best deal available for you.

You will have also seen Derek down at our Registration Support days as well as our Orientation Day volunteering his time. It is great to see our sponsors getting involved in our club. So make sure you support those businesses that support us.

Thursday
Mar032016

Orientation Day this Saturday 5th March

Orientation Day will be held on Saturday 5th March 2016 at the Toormina Girl Guides Hall (adjacent to the Toormina Oval, at the Toormina Library end of the fields).

This will be the first opportunity for the players to get together in their teams, meet their coach, and sort out days and times for training in the following week.

Times for each of the teams will be as follows:

9:30am - 6 years & 7 years teams

10:00am - 8 years & 9 years teams

10:30am - 10 years & 11 years teams

11:00am - 12 years teams

11:30am - 13 years & 14 years teams

12:00noon - 15 years, 16 years & 17 years teams

This will also be one of the last opportunities to pay your registration if you haven't already done so.

All of our players will get a FREE sausage sanger and drink after their team's discussions.