At Special General Meetings held on 18 July 2019, members of GHFA and North West Sydney Women's Football Association overwhelmingly voted in support of resolutions to merge to establish North West Sydney Football Ltd.
GHFA (originally called the Hornsby-Epping Soccer Football Association), had its origins in 1952 with the foundation club of Epping (now known as Epping Eastwood FC). In 1956, the Association changed its name to Northern District Football Association to accommodate the teams joining from beyond the geographical boundaries of Hornsby to Epping. The growth was so rapid to the south that in 1959 it was necessary to again change the name to the current day Gladesville Hornsby Football Association.
Since those early days, GHFA has grown to its current 30 clubs and 12,400 members. GHFA is a mixed competition with girls and boys playing together in MiniRoos and in junior age groups. While GHFA has some older female players, the majority have preferred to play in the women’s only competition conducted by NWSWF.
NWSWF (originally called Gladesville-Hornsby Women’s Soccer Association (GHWSA)) was formed in 1981. Clubs in that area had played in the Kuringai competition for the previous eight years as there was no local women’s competition. A Steering Committee was formed in 1980 to establish GHWSA. The Association’s name was changed to NWSWF in 2000 to more accurately reflect its player distribution. At that time, NWSWF had 23 teams but has now grown to 103 MiniRoos teams, 61 Junior teams and 68 Senior teams. The NWS Koalas have NPL Women’s/Girls’ teams competing in U14s, U15s, U17s, Reserve Grade and First Grade competitions as well as SAP teams in the U10s, U11s, U12s and U13s. NWSWF also runs an all abilities program called PINK (PLAY, INTERACT, NETWORK, KICK).
With 22 of the 28 NWSWF member-clubs also being member-clubs of GHFA, there are sound reasons for the two Associations to merge, including simplified administration and economies of scale for member-clubs and for the Associations themselves. NWSF Ltd becomes operational on 1 October 2019.
GHFA is proud to announce its community partnership with Youthsafe, a longstanding local charity whose mission is to ‘Partner to prevent unintentional injuries in young people’.
Both organisations are passionate advocates of young people, their families and coaches both on and off the field.
“The GHFA and GHFA Spirit Football Club take great pride in providing our players and coaches in our community with platforms and pathways to play football. We also realise the positive influence sporting clubs can have upon the mostly young people who play.
“This is central to partnering with Youthsafe who have been leaders in the safety and wellbeing of young people for almost 40 years.” Mark Lockie, GHFA General Manager said.
The partnership will see the Youthsafe logo on all GHFA Spirit 1st grade shorts, website and social media posts.
A grant under the NSW Government’s Local Club Sport Program will enable Youthsafe to provide presentations for GHFA club coaches and collateral for GHFA newsletters with information relating to young people and risk on the roads, in workplaces, playing sport and safer socialising as well as articles and research.
“As the Chief Executive of Youthsafe I am delighted at the partnership with GHFA.
“It’s not often synergies are so strong and we are genuinely excited to provide valuable, relevant, resources to parents, coaches, families and of course the young players within the GHFA.” Warren Johnson, Youthsafe Chief Executive.
More information about Youthsafe programs can be found on their website: https://youthsafe.org/
GHFA is devastated to hear of the recent passing of Peter Tindale. Peter was coach of the Association’s U16 AYL team and had been part of the coaching team since the inception of the AYL competition in 2015 and before that the GHFA Academy.
Peter was the consummate professional when coaching. His delivery of sessions and the time and energy he put into his teams was a role model to all his fellow coaches.
His understanding and development of the individual player made them better footballers and better young men.
His team went and played for him at the Bathurst competition and we know that Pete would have been supremely proud of them.
Peter was husband to Nicole and son in law to GHFA stalwarts Ross and Kay Iredale, and our deepest condolences are extended to the Tindale and Iredale families.
Family and friends of Peter are warmly invited to attend his Funeral Service to be held at Castlebrook Memorial Garden Chapel, 712 Windsor Road, Rouse Hill on Monday 4th March, 2019 commencing at 11.00am.
Please join the family to celebrate Peter’s life directly after the service at The Mean Fiddler Cnr Windsor Rd & Commercial Rd Rouse Hill.
The 2018 GHFA Annual Report is now available here
Congratulations to the following who received their awards at the AGM held on 21 November:
Life Membership was awarded to Buck Findlay.
Association Medals were presented to –
GHFA Club Champions – Epping FC
Bill Plaskett trophy – Epping Eastwood O45/1
Keith Hillman trophy – Roselea U13/3
GHFA Fair Play Award – Beecroft
PL Fair Play Award – Eastwood St Andrews