More than 10,000 free footballs will roll out across northern NSW ahead of the start of the 2021 community football season.
The initiative also kicks off Newcastle Permanent’s extension of its partnership with Northern NSW Football (NNSWF), which has been increased to a 14th year.
NNSWF CEO David Eland said having Newcastle Permanent as major sponsor of community football was critical to the organisation, considering the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We understand that many families have experienced difficulties and we are committed to ensuring that the region’s largest sport remains affordable, fun and safe,” he explained.
“Newcastle Permanent’s support continues to ensure that our game remains accessible and young players start the season with a ball at their feet.”
Newcastle Permanent chief customer experience delivery officer Paul Juergens said the organisation was delighted to help young footballers across northern NSW.
“We provide the footballs annually to entry-level players aged seven and under to help them start their season,” he stated.
“Since our partnership began in 2008, we’ve provided more than 110,000 footballs to many, many youngsters.
“These footballs provide a fun way for children to stay connected and practice their footwork when at home.”
As well as encouraging young players to register with their local club and join a team, the free footballs complement the overall affordability of the game for entry level players, especially if parents take advantage of the NSW Government’s Active Kids Voucher.
Juergens said Newcastle Permanent remained committed to supporting local community initiatives.
“We’re thrilled to be going into our 14th year of partnership with Northern NSW Football, which offers an inclusive and accessible sport for girls, boys, women and men alike,” he added.
“We wish all young players, new and returning, all the best for the upcoming season.”
Registrations for 2021 are open at www.northernnswfootball.com.au/player-headquarters