Everyone’s a winner in football for 2015 at Nepean District

FOOTBALL is a sport for all ages and with Nepean Association’s plans underway to provide social competitions at Nepean Football Association there’ll be even more opportunities for players at all levels to be involved in the game.

The Association boasts a total of 11,784 registered players and could well exceed that with their proposed modified football competitions next season.

“We are looking at running six-a-side competitions through the winter for over-30s and -40s women and over-50s men,” association Operations Manager Linda Cerone said.

“We’re trying to address the players who leave the game when they find they can’t keep up with younger players on a full-sized field, so in a way it is broadening our audience to keep people active longer.”

“The games will be two 25-minute halves on a half pitch and will be played at static times and locations to allow players to better manage their time and children commitments.”

The association also provides a Football NSW approved development program that follows the Football Federation Australia principles of player development.

The Nepean Dragons also offers children with special needs the chance to play football.

“The Nepean Dragons are going really well with 47 players registered last year,” Cerone said.

“We have become very popular with a lot of adults with special needs as well and it is great to see everyone interacting.”

If playing is not your forte, the association is also inviting referees to join their ranks.

“Last year was the inaugural season of our own Nepean Referees Group, welcoming 156 referees in our first year,” Cerone said.

“We also have 22 of our referees as part of the talented pathway program.

“So basically we are covering all local football at all ages, offer representative football through Nepean FC, special needs football and for those who want to be involved in the game but not as a player, we can offer them pathways to becoming a referee,” Cerone said.

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