Hills Football Eyes More Success

Hills Football is looking ahead to a very successful year on all fronts, following last year’s COVID-interrupted season.

In addition to several measures in place to ensure safe playing conditions, the association is offering returning players a 40 per cent refund on all 2021 Hills Football registration fees (association component) for local players.

Hills Football General Manager Matthew Rippon said they wanted to help the players. “We want to demonstrate that value proposition to our players and ensure that we were able to give something back to players right across the board,” Rippon said. “Last year, we had our highest ever registrations with just shy of 13,000 players in our association.

“We actually grew by 2,000 players between 2020 and 2021, so that’s a massive leap forward for us and in 2022 we really want to see as many of those players as possible return. From our point of view, we’ve taken a lot of measures to ensure the safety of participants, so parents and players alike can be confident that Hills Football competitions will be a safe and healthy place for them to enjoy their sport in 2022.”

Rippon said they are focusing on attracting more females to their teams, especially with Australia and New Zealand hosting the Women’s World Cup next year.

“A big focus is the continued growth of female participation following a 20 per cent increase in 2021,” Rippon said. “Last year we launched the Women’s Premier League, which really provided a buzz among our clubs, and we also doubled female teams.

He pointed out that Hills Football was also keen to provide pathways for women to get involved in football coaching or administration.

“The callout for players of the Hills this year is to “JustPLAY, JustCOACH or JustREF”,” Rippon said.

“It illustrates there is an offering for everyone in the family whether that be a returning player, someone new to the game (at any age) or perhaps getting involved in a non-playing role such as coaching, refereeing or volunteering on one of our club committees.

“Like all community sports, we are eager to return to as normal a playing environment as possible. We have collectively between Football NSW and our member clubs been working to ensure a safe, enjoyable environment exists for players returning for the season.”

Details: https://hillsfootball.com.au

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