Tinonee Soccer Club has been recognised after achieving five stars in the National Club Development Program (NCDP), joining only six other clubs across Northern NSW Football to meet this outstanding benchmark.
Under the guidance of club secretary Kascie King and a busy committee, Tinonee has improved its governance while using the NCDP as a resource to guide the process.
The club first submitted to the NCDP earlier this year to achieve four stars which generated an action plan for future growth.
“The NCDP really set the bar for our club and created a standard that we wanted to achieve for our members,” King said.
“I would encourage all clubs to enter the process and improve the standards of football clubs everywhere. It will only help our sport and its members in the future.”
One action identified by the club involved improving communication. Tinonee then established Team App as a positive way for the committee and coaches to communicate in a safe and practical manner with members of their club.
“Communication through Team App or similar is transparent and easily the best way for coaches to protect themselves when communicating with players or parents of younger players,” NNSWF Club Development Officer Phillip Andrews said.
The Eagles are proud of its relationship with the local community, especially the high proportion of local children who join the club to play their first season of football each year.
The Hillville fires burnt right to the boundary fence of the club’s home ground at Bob Collier Oval late last year, heavily impacting many in the local community.
The persistent drought during that time removed most of the grass cover from the field. But through the dedication of vice-president and chief curator Jesse King, a manicured growth of grass will greet visiting clubs.
“With the work undertaken on the surface, it is now almost impossible to imagine what parched Bob Collier Oval looked like when I last visited in early February. Credit goes to the club in being so proactive in ensuring their members and visitors are greeted with the best playing surface possible,” Andrews said.
“Tinonee Soccer Club has been a great club to work with over the last few seasons as Kascie has recognised the importance of using change to improve the football club and create a better environment for players and visitors to the club.
“The NCDP has relevance to all clubs and is intended to provide a framework for growth and continued improvement. Tinonee Soccer Club is the first Football Mid North Coast club to achieve five stars in the NCDP and should be acknowledged for the effort put into reaching this milestone.”
Tinonee Soccer Club will mark its 40th season this year. Celebrations are being planned for later in the season and, in a wonderful gesture from the club and its growing list of sponsors, new playing kits and training shirts will be presented to all players.
If you wish to discuss development at your football club, contact Northern NSW Football Club Development Officer Phillip Andrews on 02 4941 7206 or firstname.lastname@example.org