Soc­cer club kick­ing goals adding more ini­tia­tives

Maroochy Weekly - - SPORT -

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

FAIR PLAY: Mooloolaba Sun City Soc­cer Club's un­der-8 Rays at their pre­sen­ta­tion day.

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