Soccer club kicking goals adding more initiatives
GET in line for a construction permit, because Mooloolaba Sun City Soccer Club is developing at a rapid pace.
The small junior club with 86 members has doubled in size in the past two years and for the first time in its history had a senior men’s team this year.
Behind the push is new president Leon Howe and secretary Meaghan Tarr who have implemented new community-themed initiatives such as soccer scholarships for less fortunate kids.
“We’ve been promoting (the club) heavily through Mooloolaba Primary School, encouraging kids to get involved, while trying to keep our fees as low as possible and offering payment plans,” Ms Tarr said.
“We have a dozen play for free kids who we’ve paid for to play through a combination of donations, scholarship fund and the club putting money in.
“We’re pretty passionate about getting kids involved in sport and we don’t think socio-economic status should be a barrier for them.” The club held its annual awards on Sunday to celebrate the end of a successful season that saw all three competitive squads: the under-11s, under-13s and senior men make their respective grand finals.
The under-11 team took out the Sunshine Coast Churches Soccer Association’s Fair Play award across all junior age groups for their integrity during matches.
“Every week, the referees give points to the teams based on attitude toward refs, their sportsmanship, attitude to coach, and its tallied up at the end of the season,” Ms Tarr said.
“It’s a massive thing – there’d be 200 teams from under-11 to 17.
“That’s what we strive for. We were more proud of that than if they had won their grand final.”
The club has big goals for the coming two years as it looks to start a relationship with Mountain Creek State High School.
❝It’s a massive thing – there’d be 200 teams from under-11 to 17.
— Meaghan Tarr
“Obviously retain the members we have. The relationships we’ve built are so important and to increase the membership base,” she said.
“My aim is to get a whole bunch of sponsorships to pay for more kids to play for free, more gear for kids, pay for specialist clinics and give more kids opportunities,” she said.
FAIR PLAY: Mooloolaba Sun City Soccer Club's under-8 Rays at their presentation day.