Love the fact there is apparently a sub committee to run the as yet not approved Association yet we can't get anyone from up there to assist with our current one!!! Will only happen with a complete redistribution of boundaries by FNSW which I wouldn't think would be high on FNSW priority list.
really?? your on another train line.. you just dont get it ..right. why would any group forming another organisation help this one. love your opinion on FNSW requirements and priorities too. frankly... it is just your opinion.. not knowledge.
Has anyone seen this out and about in the Hills Shire Times?
PARENTS fed up with driving for hours to take their kids to soccer are leading the charge for the Hills district to have its own competition.
Ryan Williams, from Kellyville, said Hills families have been travelling to compete in either the Granville or the Hornsby/Gladesville soccer competitions for years and many are fed up.
“Families shouldn’t be forced to drive to play soccer in other areas when we have some of the largest clubs and the best facilities right here,” said Mr Williams, 28.
“We have a population the size of Canberra and soccer is the most popular sport.
“We value our family time and it shouldn’t be sacrificed sitting in traffic travelling to areas more than an hour away,” he said.
The Hills has nine soccer clubs, 19 soccer fields and more than 10,000 registered players.
But families with children in the Granville Association travel to Auburn and Lidcombe to play and those in the Hornsby Association can travel as far as Meadowbank.
Mr Williams has organised a meeting with the presidents of nine Hills clubs, local MPs and the Hills mayor Andrew Jefferies on October 30 to discuss forming a stand alone competition.
Mr Williams, who started playing soccer at 6 and has played for three Hills clubs, said he was driven to action by years of hearing complaints.
“Back when I started playing our clubs were smaller and traffic wasn’t such an issue, but now it makes sense to have our own competition,” he said.
“Getting these people in a room together is the best way to get it started.”
All Senior representatives of Hills district clubs contacted by The Hills Shire Times welcomed the idea of a local competition, but said the issue had been talked about for years and nothing had ever come of it.
The majority said Football NSW boundaries were drawn up 40 years ago and needed to be redrawn, but that getting volunteers to organise a brand new competition from scratch was going to be a major issue.
A spokesman for Football NSW said the idea of a Hills competition had been raised before and the matter was up to the local football association to deal with.
“Often clubs do not realise how much behind the scenes work goes into running a competition,” he said.
THE push for a football association in the Hills took a step closer to reality after the Hills mayor and the football community voiced their support.
Last week, the Hills Shire Times reported that Ryan Williams, from Kellyville, had organised a meeting for November 3 between Hills clubs and local politicians to discuss a stand-alone competition.
Mr Williams said 13 of the largest Hills clubs would now be at the meeting, and there was a chance that more clubs would join further into the process.
He said there was growing support from Hills families who were fed up with travelling for hours to compete in either the Granville or the Gladesville Hornsby football associations when there were clubs and facilities on their doorstep.
Hills Mayor Andrew Jefferies said establishing a Hills football association was very sensible and achievable.
“I am supportive of any of our sporting codes that wish to work more closely together under the Hills identity,” Cr Jefferies said.
“As a shire of more than 180,000 residents, it goes without saying that the Hills can stand on its own two feet when it comes to sports associations.”
“We are more populous than our neighbours at Parramatta and Hornsby, and with an expected 100,000 residents to call the area home over the next two decades.
“I welcome and acknowledge the organisational work by Mr Williams and others to help establish a local football association.”
There was also support among the Hills football community.
More than 46 people took to the Hills Shire Times Facebook page and many others wrote letters to comment on the proposal and voice their support.
Mr Williams, son of Hawkesbury state Liberal MP Ray Williams, said he was inspired by the public reaction and hoped Football NSW would also take notice.
There was no better example of the depth of football talent in the area than the results of the twenty fourteen Football NSW Champion of Champions tournament.
Three teams, in three separate age groups, won finals in the knockout competition that sees division one premiers from every association in the state pitted against each other.
The Glenhaven under 18 men, Castle Hill United’s under 21 men and the WPH Cherrybrook under 16 boys all won finals on October 19.
Hills Shire teams won three of the 18 age divisions and Kenthurst FC went close, losing the all age men final to Dunbar Rovers 2-3.