Umina United named Sports Club of the Year

Umina United Football Club was recognised in a national awards show this week for their mentoring and coaching of junior members.

The local club was crowned NSW Good Sports Club of the Year at the Good Sports Awards show in Melbourne on March 15.

The club was also named runners-up in the National Club of the Year category.

“Good Sports has allowed us to distinguish ourselves as a family-friendly and inclusive club that welcomes new members of all ages,” Club Treasurer and Sponsorship Coordinator, Gavin Robinson, said.

“Since joining Good Sports, Umina United Soccer Club has seen an increase in our overall membership and also a greater engagement of non-playing members because of the safe and close-knit environment we’ve created in our community.

“To be recognised so highly out of the 11,000 Good Sports clubs is a great honour and a testament to all of our fantastic club members, who live the values of Good Sports and make this a fantastic club every day of the year.”

Umina United was recognised for their mentoring and role-modelling healthy behaviours in junior members, implementing clear alcohol policies and being a sporting home for people new to Umina.

Minister for Sport, Stuart Ayres, said communities are built on local clubs and organisations that have strong and welcoming environments.

“Sport brings communities together and much of the social and economic fabric of our great state. The Umina United Soccer Club and every incredible New South Wales Good Sports Awards finalist demonstrates the impact sport has in shaping positive, life-long behaviours,” Ayres said.

Maisy Rae