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Soccer kicks off

Monday, 24th March, 2014

Eli Symonds from St. Josephs soccer club was one of many juniors kicking goals at the Broken Hill Soccer Association’s Open Day on Saturday. The festivities continue with exhibition matches on Thursday night from 6:30pm at the soccer grounds. Eli Symonds from St. Josephs soccer club was one of many juniors kicking goals at the Broken Hill Soccer Association’s Open Day on Saturday. The festivities continue with exhibition matches on Thursday night from 6:30pm at the soccer grounds.

By Ethan James

The Broken Hill Soccer Association says increased sponsorship from the Community Credit Union will help them invest in important infrastructure upgrades. 

The CCU stepped up its sponsorship of soccer in 2014 and presented the BHSA with a cheque for $5000 on Friday afternoon. 

BHCCU General Manager Andrew Pellizzer said there was now a more formal sponsorship agreement between the two parties.

“We’ve been contributing on a regular basis but not at this level,” he said. 

“We’ll continue to support some of the individual clubs as well for something which we see as pretty important to the community.”

BHSA Secretary David Inglis said the money would go towards field upgrades and maintenance as well the hopeful construction of an artificial pitch. 

“We’re hoping to spend around $25,000 on infrastructure which will include an artificial pitch in an empty space near the storage shed at the fields,” he said.

“Our fields are used seven days a week over a winter, so it would take some of the workload of them and save a bit of money in the long term.”

He said that improving the facilities would also lead to better quality soccer.  

“(A smoother pitch) will help reduce injuries and result in a more technical game,” Inglis said. 

“If the ground isn’t even and the ball isn’t bouncing properly then it can be hard to play your best soccer.

“It will also create a better experience for younger players and hopefully entice them to come back for more.

Mr Inglis is hoping for a big year following a healthy turnout at the league official open day on Saturday.

“It’s a World Cup year as well so hopefully that will have a trickledown effect and get plenty of people around town excited about soccer.”

The gala opening included knockout competition, where there was plenty of laughs and flamboyant football.

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