Football NSW have announced its position in providing $1.5 million in fee relief stemming from the cancellation of the 2021 season due to the lingering effects of the pandemic.
The Football NSW Board signified the imperative need to provide support to its clubs and associations to maintain support.
“As we have stated previously, our player numbers can only continue to grow, and football can only remain the most popular participant sport in NSW, if there is sustained financial viability at each tier of the game,” said Football NSW CEO Stuart Hodge.
“The sustainability of a healthy Association and Club framework is fundamental to our continued development and maintaining our capacity to progress and achieve our lofty ambitions.
“With this in mind, and on the recommendation of management, the Board resolved to provide a discount on the Football NSW Capitation Fee for the 2021 Winter season.
Football NSW also continued that they were able ton maintain a leading role in the community, supporting the ‘Super Sport Sunday’ initiative.
“Our collective commitment to a safer community was evident in our recent initiative to offer our facilities as vaccination hubs to the NSW Government,” Mr Hodge continued.
“What started as an offer of facilities quickly evolved into a request from NSW Health for football to mobilise its community in certain regions where vaccination rates were desperately needed to be increased.
“Answering the call, we led a campaign for football participants in those regions to get vaccinated and engaged other sports to join as we created a ‘Super Sport Sunday’ for vaccinations at Sydney Olympic Park Authority (SOPA).
“We have since been briefed that the campaign helped set a new single day record of vaccinations at SOPA, with many people wearing the jerseys of their favourite football clubs.
“This is another good example of how, as a code and a football family, we are leaders in our communities and, when we work together, we can achieve great things.”