New era for football
THE energy that is surrounding football at the moment has found its way into the grass roots level of the game and the new zone set up has the new President of North Coast football brimming with enthusiasm about the upcoming football season.
Jim George was recently elected President of the new board at the most well attended AGM in the region's history.
"The feeling is very positive," George commented.
"There is that sense around there that we're into a new phase of development, especially with what's happening to the Australian side.
"The energy in football at the moment is just brilliant."
The overwhelming feeling among the group that was in attendance was how to best use the massively increased profile the sport has received lately with the success of the Socceroos and the Hyundai A-League.
"We had a discussion session afterwards which Gary Phillips led about various developments in the game such as coaching and the children's game and so on and there was so much positive energy around, it was great," the new President added.
"There's a lot of enthusiasm for these new standing committees that are going to be running the games.
"The senior and junior standing committee is responsible for managing the game on a day to day basis and planning it and we've got very, very good and experienced people onto those committees.
"The energy was great and the enthusiasm was up, it was all there, it was very encouraging."
The biggest concern that football people in the area have expressed recently is about the flow on effect of Northern NSW football being broken up into seven zones.
George admitted that he had those concerns but a recent meeting has gone a long way to allaying them.
"A couple of the senior guys from Northern NSW came up and I'm beginning to get a feel for what the agenda is," he continued.
"I don't know what it was like in the past but it was very open, very relaxed.
"We were talking to them about financial support that they can be providing over the next three years and we're also talking about exciting things like hosting national titles here in Coffs Harbour.
"I can see a lot happening that will enthuse people, youngsters and so on, and recruit people into the game."