Eastern Kids Kicking It On
The next generation of future Socceroos and Matildas were in action this month when the Eastern Region Junior Soccer Association 2023 season kicked off.
Hundreds of junior players – from as young as four, up to age 12 – returned to pitches across Hobart’s Eastern Shore and the south-east region, including a huge opening morning at Geilston Bay on Saturday 6 May.
Player numbers have hit another all-time high this year, with almost 1,550 youngsters registered. ERJSA president Matt Combey said games would be played at Sorell for the first time this season, as the Association seeks out new venues to help cater for the increasing player numbers.
“We now have six locations on the Eastern Shore using an age- based hub model where a number of games are played concurrently which results in such wonderful atmospheres during the season,” he said.
“We were delighted to have Clarence City Council Mayor Brendon Blomeley, Pembroke MLC Luke Edmunds, David O’Bryne MP, and the CEO of Football Tasmania Matt Bulkeley along for our ceremonial whistle-blowing at Geilston Bay No. 2 for our opening round.
“On behalf of ERJSA I would particularly like to thank the Clarence City Council and Programmed Maintenance for all the work they have put into the grounds this year, especially considering the extra work required to repair damage caused by vandalism.
“We would also like to thank all the schools, clubs, and volunteers who work hard to ensure our season is a success.
“Team sport is critical to the development of children, and we continue to focus on a fun-first environment as we evolve our participation- based community model.
“We look forward to seeing more happy grins on players’ faces as the season progresses.”
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