A big thank you for being part of Season 2020. A historic, challenging season. I’m proud to report that, with your help, Kisso rose to the challenge, and delivered.
U6-U11 and U12-U18 Awards
MANAGERS ONLY – Please come to Auluba on Thursday 1 October, between 5:30 and 7:30 to collect a box of awards. If you can’t make it, please delegate. Managers will distribute awards at the last game.
PLAYERS, please return your shirt to your manager after your last game. MANAGERS ONLY – Bring all kit bags, including washed shirts, to Auluba on Saturday 10 October, between 9 and 11.
With 914 players, 147 coaches and managers, and their families, the Kisso community now numbers over 2500. Together, as volunteers, we manage competitions, coaching, finances, facilities, kit, player development, and more for 75 teams. That’s a massive undertaking and a huge achievement every season. And even more significant in a year like 2020.
Our big win in 2020 was a 13% increase in player registrations. We had 914 players, up from 806 last year. The biggest increase was in our girls cohort. We aim to repeat that growth next year to allow teams covering community to development football for boys and girls, across all age groups. So, spread the word and get a friend involved.
The COVID challenge
It has been a challenging year for everyone. A March start-stop to the season, then May start to altered training (with added strict distancing rules), then July to October season has made it the longest season ever.
Apart from all the other changes to life this year we’ve had to be flexible and diligent to get out on the park safely. Sadly, because of Covid, we could not run any social events this season. Our plans for Clubhouse Fridays, fundraising nights and presentation days all had to be shelved. They will be back when we can.
As a club, we have stayed strong and cohesive, in spite of this. Thank you all for your efforts throughout the year.
Development pathways and new offerings
- U8-U11 SAP/Dev: 2020 was the first year of our Miniroos Skills Acquisition Phase (SAP) & development league; and an overwhelming success. The structure that provides sets our young aspirational players in good stead with high quality coaching.
- G12-G18 Diamond League: 2020 was the first year we have entered into the top league for girls football in partnership with Turramurra United.
- G6-G7 Program: Sundays saw a great new initiative for getting girls into football, with girls only games alternately at Auluba and Montview, and fun group training run by NSFA. That will be back bigger next year.
- U12 and U18 Super League: Great to field 2 teams in the top mixed division in Juniors. With further consistent development over the coming years we expect this number to grow.
- Trials coming up in November – watch this space.
Due to Covid, all the fields had a couple of months rest, which meant they were in top condition by July following the very dry summer. We worked with Ku-Ring-Gai council in particular on Auluba oval. Council undertook seeding, coring and top-dressing activities which have kept Auluba in great shape all season. To relieve pressure on goal nets, we invested in mobile goals, which were used extensively during training. We will be looking to improve drainage over the off season/summer break.
We won a $13,000 grant to improve storage at Auluba, and we now have substantially improved shelving and cupboards, along with upgraded signage around the clubhouse. We continue to press Council to replace the leaking clubhouse roof and to upgrade the toilets at Auluba.
Our long term vision is to get high quality coaching being grown and run sustainably within the club as much as we can. That vision revolves around young coaches and parents being trained up over the years; to take teams through the age groups. For now, XLR8 are coaching our young development teams, while volunteer coaches take most of our teams, generally with the guidance of the collaborative coaching program.
The longer term strength of our club depends on our coaches getting trained up and applying that in practise. If you think coaching development might be for you, please contact us. We strongly encourage:
- young coaches to join the youth coach development program
- parent coaches to do XLR8 courses
- coaches that are interested in undertaking C-License training over summer, paid for by the club, to contact us.
We refreshed the club’s brand, and upgraded our website, marketing and social media. We’ve locked down our brand ‘story’ and our tagline – Positive football. For everyone. And there were fantastic individual stories this season. Parents providing positive role models for kids. Older kids inspiring younger kids. Young players getting their first taste of team sport. Adults who made it through the season without injury! All this and more on our Facebook page.
A heart felt thankyou to all of our coaches, managers, assistant coaches, game runners and helpers for all the work you have put in. Without you we wouldn’t be able to get out on the park as a community club.
Our committee has done a great job this season, and I want to acknowledge three people in particular.
- Peter Tate has served the club for six years as our Member Protection Information Officer. Peter plans to continue as or Working With Children Coordinator.
- Zeena Skelly was our VP Womens and Girls for the past three years, a period of strong growth and development for the female game at our club including the establishment of Kissing Point joining the Diamond League with Turramurra United.
- Richard Cole was our VP Miniroos this year, and was intrumental in setting up our SAP/Dev programs, and plans to continue as an Age Coordinator next season.
Sincere thanks to Pete, Zeena and Richard for their service to the club.
The Annual General Meeting is coming up on 10 November, 7:30pm at Auluba. All welcome. Please rsvp via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Because the season was shorter than planned, we are offering a partial refund on registration fees ($30 juniors/miniroos and $70 seniors). We offer two options being a refund to a nominated account, or alternatively providing the funds as a donation to the club. Donations will be invested in club improvements including facilities, equipment or coaching. If you would like a refund, please click here and complete the form before 15 October. If you elect to take the refund, your bank details will be captured securely and all refunds will be processed at the same time (approx late October). If you take no action by 15 October, your refund will be donated to the club.
Thank you Century 21
Huge thanks to our wonderful major sponsors, Century 21 Radar Properties for their ongoing support. Please contact Peter and Katy Brack if you are considering renting, buying or selling.
Have your say
You are invited to give feedback and put your ideas forward. Please email me anytime.
Your committee is looking forward to Season 2021 with optimism and enthusiasm. We have come a long way, but still have ambitious goals to meet. Thank you for your contribution this season, and for helping to make our club special. I look forward to welcoming everyone back in 2021.
on behalf of the committee