The Tumut Eagles will entertain footballers both new and old over the next two Mondays, with the club hosting free ‘Come and Try’ days in a bid to attract more players to the club.
The two days will be coordinated by Football Wagga Wagga Development Officer, Kyle Yeates, and is targeted towards children aged 5 through to 12.
Incoming Eagles Junior Vice President, Andrew Somerville, said it is a good opportunity for kids and parents to see if the Eagles are the right fit for them.
“In terms of the Come and Try day, nothing is locked in, it’s free and it is there for kids to come and try and see if they like it,” Somerville said.
“For us, it’s about promoting our sport and promoting our club and what a good club it is. For anyone considering playing or getting involved, that’s why we are putting the Come and Try day on.
“If they are 50/50, and aren’t sure they really want to play, it gives them a taste of football and the club and if they love it, they can pursue it.”
Somerville joins the Eagles committee this year for the first time, and will be helped by new Miniroos coordinator, Tessa Courtney.
“I guess, I have been here four years, and when we came down, we felt the club was well run, and going really strong,” Somerville said.
“We were really impressed by it and I guess from my perspective, I know local sports clubs don’t run without locals being on their committee, and I thought the time was right for me to do something and help the club out.”
The club’s newest Junior Vice President, who takes over from the outgoing Sandra Howell, looks to tick all the right boxes ahead of the 2021 Football Wagga Wagga season.
“I have a fairly extensive background in football. I have coached, played and refereed and I felt it was important to take that step to be involved in the committee,” Somerville said.
“We are definitely passionate about football.”
The next step for Somerville and his Junior Eagles will be establishing player numbers and finding coaches.
“We did team nominations and had to nominate last week. We will be looking for coaches and we are looking at doing some grass roots coaching courses,” Somerville said.
“I have got some expertise too. I can support people who haven’t coached a lot. I have a lot of resources and ideas and I am PE teacher and have collected those resources along the way.”
Somerville hoped that parents started thinking about coaching now, indicating that the Eagles committee would help at every stage of the process.
“A lot of parents with kids playing, they haven’t grown up with the sport and they think they can’t coach, but there is a good committee and a lot of experienced people willing to support,” Somerville said.
With the club preparing for their first Come and Try day on Monday at The Bull Paddock, Somerville indicated there would be two chances to attend, while parents and players are more than welcome to attend both.
“If they happen to miss one, that is why we are having the two, it’s an opportunity to have some fun and check out the club with no pressure,” Somerville said.
The Come and Try days will kick off on Monday March 8 and 15 at The Bull Paddock. 5-8 year olds are to arrive at 4pm while 9-12 year olds are to arrive at 5pm.
More information can be found on the ‘Tumut Eagles Football Club’ Facebook page.