Northern NSW ‘Home of Football’ Lives Up To Its Name

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Northern NSW Football’s (NNSWF) ‘Home of Football’, the Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility (LMRFF) at Speers Point has lived up to its name following a busy schedule of activities across the weekend, culminating tonight with the commencement of the inaugural Football Five5 leagues.

Football Five5 is Football Federation Australia’s national brand for five a side football. The LMRFF hosts the nation’s largest Football Five5 facility with 12 purpose built fully synthetic pitches and one of just two Football Five5 facilities in Australia. Catering for all ages with Boys Youth, Girls Youth, Men’s, Women’s, Mixed, Competitive, Premier and Social leagues – all contested on the synthetic fields.

The weekend saw the LMRFF host a variety of activities including the Westfield FFA Cup Preliminary Round 1 (NNSWF Southern Division) a Game Training Certificate course for coaches, a Level 3 Assessors course for grassroots referees, Emerging Jets trial matches as well as a Football Five5 birthday party and casual court hire.

The hosting of the Westfield FFA Cup Preliminary Round 1 (NNSWF Southern Division) at LMRFF saw 40 teams contest 20 knock-out fixtures. 1,800 hard fought minutes of football produced a whopping 124 goals and one penalty shootout.

“We witnessed across the weekend the potential the facility has to effectively service the multiple needs of the football community in Northern NSW,” NNSWF CEO David Eland said.

“We had in excess of 1,500 people through the doors over the two days for activities as diverse as matches in the opening round of the Westfield FFA Cup, to coaching courses and even a Football Five5 birthday party.”

Tonight, the facility’s inaugural Football Five5 leagues kick off with almost 80 teams registered to play in the inaugural 10 week competition.

“It’s been a busy weekend for the facility that will culminate tonight in over 100 young players from 10 to 16 years of age coming in for the start of youth leagues in our inaugural Football Five5 leagues,” Eland commented.

“Then for the remainder of the week, a further 600 players will flow through the facility for social, mixed and competitive Football Five5 leagues. With accompanying guests, we anticipate numbers in excess of 1,500 for this activity alone. Add the regular nightly Emerging Jets and Macquarie Football training activity on our full size synthetic fields and we envisage another 1,000 players alone to visit the facility this week, plus accompanying parents and guests,” Eland concluded.

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