Canterbury District Soccer Football Association (CDSFA) clubs have been given relief following the decision by the City of Canada Bay Council to waive ground hire costs.
The move was made in an effort to lessen the financial burden on CDSFA clubs who have been heavily affected by the impact of COVID-19 enforced lockdowns.
The substantial support from the Canada Bay Council comes at a critical time for community football during this difficult period, in the lead up to the 2022 season following yet another interrupted year due to the pandemic.
“Our local football clubs have done it tough over the past 18 months and I’m thrilled that we are able to provide fee relief to ensure that, when these current lockdowns lift, local football clubs are ready to get back on the field,” City of Canada Bay Council Mayor Angelo Tsirekas said.
“I can’t wait to see football back in action in the City of Canada Bay – seeing friends and families throughout our community back on our fields.
“I hope that this support from the City of Canada Bay will help local clubs bounce back from the impacts of COVID-19.”
Football NSW CEO Stuart Hodge highlighted his support for the action, delivered by the City of Canada Bay Council.
“Well done to the City of Canada Bay Council for showing its support behind our code in what have been tough times due to the pandemic,” he said.
“It’s announcements such as this from the City of Canada Bay Council that go a very long way in assuring our football community are aided in their push towards kicking off the 2022 season on the right foot.”
Canterbury District Soccer Football Association CEO Ian Holmes was appreciative with the ongoing support of the Mayor in his efforts to assist each club.
“The CDSFA wants to thank Mayor Angelo Tsirekas for steering this through Council,” he said.
“The City of Canada Bay Council remains an LGA focussed on the local community and recognises the vital role of community sport.
“Mayor Angelo and Council have always respected our five clubs and the club volunteers. The financial relief provided is greatly appreciated.”