Hotel group, fishing club major sponsors
"A BEAUTIFUL view for the beautiful game."
That's how North Coast Football's general manager Reuben Robertson described the partnership the local round ball code has struck with Coffs Harbour Deep Sea Fishing Club and the North Coast Hotels Group.
The two have come on board as naming rights sponsors for the season, with the top two competitions to be known as the North Coast Hotel Group Mens Premier League and the Coffs Harbour Deep Sea Fishing Club Womens Premier League.
"It's the sort of thing that every major sport is keen on, to have a major sponsor," Robertson said.
"And to have a beautiful view like this. This is a pseudo clubhouse for us," he said.
The North Coast Hotel Group has been a strong football sponsor, with its various venues supporting clubs such as Woolgoolga, Coffs Coast Tigers and the Northern Storm.
"This was basically the next step. We felt it was time to see if we could try and get our name across the entire competition," the Hotel Group's Harry Barry said.
Deep Sea Fishing Club general manager Carl Mower said the Fishos' sponsorship served two purposes.
"From a community point of view we're going to be out there, both the hotel group and ourselves, involved in grassroots football from the juniors right through to the mens, while getting them to understand the club is up and running," Mower said.
Robertson hinted predicting the results of this year's competitions would not be as easy as it had been.
Player movement between clubs over the summer meant this year's best teams might come from the lower reaches of the 2015 table.
"The old standings for these teams aren't necessarily where they'll be again this year," Robertson said.
"Early signs were positive for North Coast Football's player numbers in 2016.
"It's looking good, the numbers are good, increasing by the looks of it, as we're seeing the census numbers coming in at the moment.
"We expect well over 5000 members for the season again."