Football NSW have applauded the decision taken by the City of Ryde Council to waive ground hire costs, whilst urging other councils in the state to follow suit.
In what is a beneficial move for football in the area, all not-for profit local community sporting clubs with bookings on the council’s fields, will be free for the 2020 season.
The decision comes after the news that community sport will resume from July 1 in NSW.
City of Ryde Mayor, Councillor Jerome Laxale, said the decision to waive hiring costs will help ensure local sporting clubs will survive the current COVID-19 crisis.
“Since the COVID-19 pandemic begun this council’s intention has been to provide support to those who need it. The waiving of these costs does just that by providing support to those clubs who have been impacted the most by the pandemic,” he said.
“By easing a financial burden, our community clubs can now concentrate on resuming play and getting locals back participating in the activities that they enjoy.”
Sporting clubs will have to formally apply to the council to have ground hire and lighting costs waived.
Alongside this, the City of Ryde Council have confirmed they have extended the 2020 winter sports season to mid-October, allowing the activation of lighting at various sports grounds to enable weekday night games to be played (if applicable).
Football NSW CEO Stuart Hodge showcased his support of the move made by the City of Ryde Council.
“Well done to the City of Ryde Council for pushing its valued support behind supporting the code in what have been tough times for our sport,” he said.
“Decisions such as this from the City of Ryde Council go a very long way to assuring our clubs and players are well supported and will continue to provide significant benefit to the community.”