Taking up challenge

New Boambee soccer coach Gordon Barton with his assistant coach, Neil Brayshaw and one of the senior players Brady Parker  gett
New Boambee soccer coach Gordon Barton with his assistant coach, Neil Brayshaw and one of the senior players Brady Parker gett

WITH World Cup football fever griping the nation as the Socceroos embark on their incredible journey locally the Boambee Football (soccer) Club is set to embark on its own challenge.

With the start of the 2006 season only several months away Boambee is preparing to contest the senior men's competition.

The club has secured senior coach Gordon Barton who comes to the club bringing experience, knowledge and a true passion for the game.

In the past three seasons Gordon has achieved a coaching record second to none with no less than ten senior winning teams and several other grand final appearances.

Barton is excited about the Club's prospects for next season and is working on a three-year plan to ensure that all players receive the best they can from the game.

With the formation of the North Coast Football Zone first, second and third divisions, eight clubs will contestfirst division with places in second and third division being hotly contested. Boambee will be entering teams in both second and third division and with club promotion in place the opportunity to move into first division is a realistic prospect.

Barton believes that if the club recruits the best they will have an excellent chance to move into the top grade and become a very competitive squad within a short period of time.

"Blending youth with experienced players will always be the key to success," Barton said.

"Being able to get the most from players is a challenge I welcome and I can see a real future for the club with such a keen and talented junior club to support our efforts."

A major off-season highlight has been the installation of match lights at Ayrshire Park thanks to Coffs Harbour City Council, the Dept. of Sport and Recreation and the many volunteers that support the Club.

The club has also secured several major sponsors for next season and all player offered a position on the squad will receive a sign-on kit contain Club polo shirt, training shirt, club shorts and socks as well as a monetary incentive for top grade appearances.

Players aged 16 years and over are welcome to attend trials on Thursday, January 12 at Ayrshire Park at 6pm.

All enquires can be directed to Coach Gordon Barton on 0403 852 282.

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