Thank you to all the coaches, players, parents and volunteers for their efforts this year.
2016 has been a very successful year for the club and with the sustained and continued support from all of you it will ensure the club continues to grow and develop.
The club continued to grow, with the number of registered players at an all-time high.
It was great to have the number of our association junior registered players (Under 6s to Under 9s) increase by 10% in 2016.
In 2016 the club had 41 registered teams (including National Premier League junior and senior teams). This is another record achievement by the club. For the first time in the clubs’ history, a decision to cap the number of junior teams had to be made given we are limited in playing area.
In total, the club registered over 550 players - a challenge in itself to logistically manage the ongoing administration. However, we got there through working together as a team.
I would like to thank our valued sponsors whose involvement and contributions goes a long way in helping support us achieving our ultimate goal; that is, providing necessary funding to allow our valued players the chance to play professional and social football in the heart of Western Sydney.
In 2013 we set some key goals for the club, both administrative and on field performance goals. I am proud of our achievements over the past four seasons and special thanks needs to be made to Tony Basha and his coaching staff Michael Canali, Chris Camilleri, Elias El Khoury as well as passed coaches and managers for the success we have achieved on field.
Although our NPL NSW Men’s missed out on promotion by a very small margin, this season has been a success bringing the NSW NPL 3 championship trophy to Rydalmere.
The club is in a strong financial position. Season 2016 has seen the club generate approximately $300,000 in revenue, through sponsorship, registration fees and canteen fees. The club has been working extremely hard in reinvesting these funds back into the club through facility upgrades and coaching courses to name a couple.
The board highlighted some key initiatives that we believed would secure the financial future of the club and allow us to build a pathway for our juniors to have an opportunity to play football at the highest level. This philosophy was built around the club reaching certain goals which would allow us to build on.
They were based around:
- Inspiring juniors grow and develop through the ranks
- Creating a clear path to a potential professional career should our players wish to progress to this level
- Attracting and retaining the best possible coaching staff and board experience to create a team to take the club into its next phase of growth
- Attracting and supporting existing talent and develop them to the highest footballing standards
- Working with the community to raise funds to improve and develop better facilities for future development of the local talent and greater involvement by the wider community.
In 2016 we also focused on unity. The club has unveiled a new club crest which will appear on all the team’s shirts from the start of the 2017 season.
The new design marks a departure from the existing badges, and instead resembles an updated version of the club’s previous crests.
As a club, we continue to chase avenues for expansion. Should we be successful with our out current endeavours, the goal for this club is to have our players play for a fee free club making Rydalmere Football Club the benchmark for the rest of the footballing community, transitioning into a truly membership based organisation opening membership to all local clubs in the area so they can benefit from this opportunity.
Finally I would like to take the opportunity to thank our board and committee who volunteer their time. Their dedication, commitment and long hour’s week in week out has allowed the club to run smoothly during the course of the year. And to all our teams who once again carry our logo with pride.
We look forward to having you back in Season 2017 for another successful season.