There will be smiles aplenty across the region as community football kicks off this weekend.
Scores of players are expected to take to the pitch across Hunter Valley Football, Newcastle Football and Macquarie Football member zones from children to adults.
While 2020 provided clubs and footballers with a number of challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 season is set to be the biggest yet across Northern NSW as those who missed out on football last year return to the game.
Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) CEO David Eland said he was delighted that players, young and old, were about to step back out onto the field.
“Last year was obviously hugely challenging for not just players but also parents and volunteers,” he stated.
“We wouldn’t have got back on the pitch without them last season.
“So, I am thrilled that everyone can return to playing the game they love this year.
“Thank you again to all of our players, volunteers and parents for your patience and support.
“And, all the very best to them and match officials as they get back out there.”
NNSWF community football staff will be out and about this weekend making visits to a number of clubs to thank them for their commitment to the game and to lend a hand.