Football South Coast comp rolling along

With over 920 competitors in their inaugural season, Football South Coast can safely say the ball is rolling for its Summer Football competition.

After launching the 10-week program two months ago, the first-year competition has had resounding success with male and female juniors throughout the region.

Players aged between under-6 and under-16 currently play at two sporting fields north and south of Wollongong on a weekly basis.

But Football South Coast chief executive Ann-Marie Balliana is hopeful this will grow into the older age groups in coming years.

"We see this is a model for us to build on and next year we are hoping we can expand on the juniors and maybe get more into the seniors as well," Balliana said.

"We would love to have a successful Summer Football for the seniors.

"It is a good opportunity for players who may not get the chance to play in the winter competition."

Balliana believes the competition fills a vital space in the sport's local calendar.

"I found a lot of feedback from parents where the winter competition really runs from April through to September," Balliana said.

"Come the end of September the kids are all upset because they have no summer football to play and this competition really fills that gap.

"It is a great way for the kids to keep fit and it is only in its first year, so it has been very successful.

With the A-League season running over the summer, Football South Coast's competition ensures the sport remains relevant during the usual long off-season.

"With the A-League on [over summer] I think interest does peak a little bit more, with the free-to-air broadcasts ," Balliana said.

" Just generally with the World Cup next year, I think the interest in football just keeps growing by the day so we have to try and keep up with that."

Profits made through the competition will be kept in the sport to continue making improvements in the football community.

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