GRASSROOTS football in the Southern Tablelands has been given a boost following a MOU between A-League newcomers Macarthur FC and Southern Tablelands Football Association.
The MOU will see Southern Tablelands Football Association (STFA), join the three existing football associations already partnered with Macarthur FC, Macarthur Football Association, Southern Districts Football Association and Bankstown Amateur Football Association.
The agreement further bolsters Macarthur FC’s community engagement program to now include over 100 grassroots clubs and over 30,000 players and officials, figures that are set to rise in the coming years in what is one of the fastest growth corridors in Australia.
Macarthur FC Chairman, Gino Marra, stated the importance for the club to grow its community footprint to benefit grassroots football from Bankstown to the Big Merino.
“This MOU is an important step for the future growth of the game in our region. We know collaboration, consultation and engagement are the key components to develop and inspire the next generation of players. We are thrilled to welcome Southern Tablelands Football Association to the Bulls family.
“The largest growth area of football, not only in our community, but across the country, is female participation. It is imperative for us, as a club, to develop further programs that enhance female participation across all areas in the game, especially in the lead up to the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023.” Marra added.
Director of Southern Tablelands Football Association, Craig Norris, was excited about partnering with Macarthur FC.
“I’m excited that our association will be part of the Macarthur FC journey. For our players, coaches, and admin staff to identify with a national club is a huge boost. Having a local A-League club like Macarthur FC, shining a light on grassroots football with our association will provide our members the feeling of being part of something massive.”