Five-a-side registrations open for new season

(Back) Matthwew Crowell, James Monie, Brian Beveridge, (Front) Matthew Trott, Carl Thornton, Jaime McMaster, Dean Heffernan

FOOTBALL –

Five-a-side soccer, or Soccer5, in Tuggerah is set to return after a few tough months due to COVID-19 lockdown.

The first component to return is pitch hire, and social sports which will be available from October 11 for fully vaccinated users to book in a recreational game of soccer for fun or fitness.

The adult league will be returning with registrations now open for fully-vaccinated people, kicking off on October 25.

Centre Manager at Tuggerah Soccer5, Matthew Crowell, said he and the team at Soccer5 were excited to be back up and running.

“Summer season is our most popular competition and its critical we’re back up and running.

“For us as a company, we will be adhering to all the health guidelines.

“We’re still trying to decipher where we fit into the restrictions, but we will be following the health guidelines for community sport.

“It’s really unknown what our numbers will be for the new season of league, but we’re hoping they will be strong as everyone hasn’t had any sport over the last few months, so we’re hopeful we will have a good intake,” Crowell said.

Pitch number two has been re-turfed for the 2021-22 season and is ready to go for Soccer7 matches.

Goal scorers and man of the match will be recorded and uploaded online by referees.

The Junior League registrations are also open with the new season set to start on November 2.

The U15s and U16s will play on Tuesdays and the U5-U14 sides will play on Fridays.

Crowell said that Soccer5 was committed to fully opening when restrictions allow.

“We will do whatever we can to get back up and running by bringing back social sports, leagues, pitch hire, kids birthday parties and netball competitions starting when we can.

“Football is one of the largest sports in the world and we can cater to a lot of people from casual players to more experienced ones.

“When we can, we will also be opening our bar area back up.

“We just want to give everyone who comes the best time possible,” Crowell said.

To sign up head to the Tuggerah Soccer5 website and register a team.

All players in the team must be registered and paid for their league to start.

Five-a-side teams must have a minimum of six registered players, 7-a-side teams require a minimum of eight registered players.

All teams will have the option to play friendly matches before their league kicks off for a fee.

Active Kids vouchers are redeemable on Season Passes and Soccer5s Memberships for players with a valid voucher.

To use an Active Kids voucher, users are encouraged to contact the Soccer5 team so this option can be added to their Player Registration link.

Harry Mulholland

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