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New era for Lindisfarne

Multiple Lindisfarne Junior Football Club committee members, who were recently elevated into key leadership positions, are nurturing strong aspirations for the future.

Despite working part-time and each caring for five children, new club president Rebecca Budd and vice-president Summer McKinley are committed to creating a more prosperous environment to help player retention and re-invigorate the local community.

“In the past, there has been a bit of a disconnect between us and the senior sides – we hope by working together we can create an improved program where players will want to stay,” Ms Budd said.

“For the past three years we have been unable to fill any under 16.5 sides, which has left a huge hole for our senior club as many players move to elsewhere after their under 15 season.

“We aim to unite with our senior sides and become a proper destination club.

“Our club has a strong family feel, a supportive community and a beautiful environment where aspiring talent can achieve their goals.”

Ms McKinley said the club had developed constructive partnerships with local community members and businesses.

“There are many community groups who have been great supporters of us and continue to be an integral part of our continued success and growth,” she said.

“Their support allows us to provide for our players, especially through our strong Auskick program which had 60 registrations in 2023.

“We are incredibly proud of the support we provide for our female players. Although the landscape is changing, sport can still be quite intimating for younger girls and we aim to make everyone feel welcome regardless of experience or skill level.

“Our goal is to have full rosters in every age group for both boys and girls, which will improve the opportunities for younger players and the success of our senior sides.”

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