Dear members, 

As we prepare for registrations for 2014, we would like to take this time to share some information on our club for 2014. 


As with any volunteer organisation we would be nothing without our committee and the tireless effort they put in to running the club. A couple of our 2013 committee will be leaving us and I would like to reiterate the thanks from our AGM to Tim Fry and Jamie Downs for the countless hours they have dedicated to the club.     


We are very exicted to welcome four new members to our committee who, along with our existing committee members will help make 2014 another successful year for the club. Thank you in advance for your time!


Leigh Walker, President

Jim Elliott, Vice-president

Richard Bowen, Secretary

Richard Swyny, Treasurer

Judy Judge, Registrar

Jeff Young, Coaching Director

Stephen Brown, Coaching co-ordinator

Andy Measor, Grounds

Donovan Smith, Grants and Sponsorship

Gary Doyle, General committee

Tracy Tulloch, General committee


Fees for 2014

Have you ever wondered where your fees go? As you can see from the information below, the biggest chunk of your fees go to paying the FFV registration costs (for individual players and for teams). Then we focus on what the club is all about – playing soccer! So the next largest slice of the pie is for coaching, closely followed by the cost of kitting out our teams. For 2013 this was higher than usual as a result of rolling out our newly branded Nike playing shirts (typically kit and equipment is about 10% of costs). The rest of the costs are part and parcel of running a soccer club. 




As many of you will be aware, we made the tough decision to cancel our main fundraising/social event last year due to lack of interest. As a committee we have always considered this event as being a major social occasion for the club with the fundraising being the secondary purpose. With this in mind, we have decided that we will continue to hold a (much cheaper!) social event this year and not distract our focus with fundraising. Instead, we are introducing a fundraising levy of $25 per child (which is included in the registration fee). 


With the additional funds for the club, we will be able to focus even more on the coaching and development of our players and we have many plans in place for an exciting and soccer-ful 2014. Look out for our new sub-junior referee program, the return of skills training and Mini-Matildas and more coaching initiatives in 2014. 


With our coaches running training sessions at least once a week and with a guaranteed game on the Saturday or Sunday, our fees represent less than $8 a session for Under 7 to 11 rising to only $12 a session for Under 18s. Overall, I think you will agree soccer represents great value for money compared to many other children’s activities.  


Fees for 2014:

Under 7 to Under 9 - $250

Under 10 to Under 11 - $290

Under 12 to Under 17 - $395

Under 18 - $460

Goalkick - $130


Fees are based on the team your child plays in, not their age. Family discount - $30 for the 2nd and subsequent children, with the exception of Goalkick participants. 


The cost and final details of Mini-Matildas will be finalised early next year. 


Registration

Registrations will open in mid January and returning players will have until Monday February 10th to register to guarantee a place in your team. 


We expect registrations to follow the same process as last year with each player being registered on-line with MyFootballClub. If you have previously played with Hampton and you are unsure of which email address has been used for your registration with the FFA/FFV, contact info@hamptonsoccer.com.au  as we have a record of this.


Your registration will be finalised once the following is completed:

For existing players under 7-18: one passport style photo (less than 3 months old) uploaded in MyFootballClub and fees paid.  

For new players 7-18: one passport style photo uploaded in MyFootballClub, fees paid and we receive a copy of your identification, e.g. passport or birth certificate.  

Goalkick: fees paid and we receive a copy of your identification, e.g. passport or birth certificate. 


Payment can be made on-line by credit card using MyFootballClub. Alternatively, cash or cheque is accepted by arrangement with the club (please email info@hamptonsoccer.com.au).


The information and registration day for new players will be Sunday February 16th from 10am to 1pm at Simpson Reserve. Existing players can come along on the day to buy shorts, socks and hoodies or drop in to have their photo taken for their player registration card. 


Alternatively, identifications can be posted to Hampton JSC, PO Box 1154, Hampton North 3188 (please remember to write the players name and date of birth on the back). 


Don’t worry, we will send you a reminder in January to make sure you don’t forget.


What happens next? 

After you have registered your player, the committee will put together the teams, taking into account as many preferences as we can. For those age groups from Under 11 and up, where we have enough players to fill 2 teams, we will run grading trials (on Sunday 9th and 16th February). These trials are entirely optional so if your son or daughter wants to stay with their friends, they do not need to attend the trials. We then make sure we have coaches lined up in time for the first deadline for submitting teams with the FFV – February 24th!


Discount for volunteers

As a club we would be nothing without the amazing effort of many volunteers who devote countless hours to running the club. In recognition of their effort, and in line with many other FFV clubs, we are introducing discounted fees for our most dedicated volunteers. 


The discount will depend on the role that you undertake: 

Team manager, team social coordinator (more on that role later in the year), club photo coordinator – fundraising levy returned 

Team coach, active committee member - discount on full fees (less FFV registration cost). This will be applied for the 2014 fees.


The rebate will apply to your first child. 



As we move to have more instant communication through Facebook, please remember to like our page: www.facebook.com/HamptonJSC


Please contact any of the committee if you are interested in helping the club in whatever role you have time to spare. 


Many thanks


Leigh Walker

President