Cheaper fees

A $195,000 sponsorship deal between Northern NSW Football and Newcastle Permanent will translate to registration savings of between $4 and $14 for junior players playing between under-6s and under-11s next year.

Rego fees for juniors aged between 12 and 18 should remain the same as the 2011 season.

Under 5, 6 and 7s will also receive a free ball and shin pads with their registration, thanks to the sponsorship.

Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) marketing and communications manager David Cromarty said the deal had effectively reduced the NNSWF component of junior fee structures by about 40% but other components - FFA, zone (NCF in this area), insurance and club fees remained stable.

He said there were about 35,000 juniors playing football in Northern NSW, which included seven zones from Lake Macquarie, to Tweed to the Northern Inland.

There were 4000 junior players playing under North Coast Football, he said.

Newcastle Permanent's manager of sponsorship and charitable foundations said NNSWF was chosen for several reasons, including the strength of its submission, its geographical coverage, which suited the company's "footprint" and because the sport was suitable for both sexes.

Newcastle Permanent opened a branch in Grafton Shoppingworld on Thursday and announced a $55,000 grant towards the establishment of an Aborigine literacy program in northern NSW.

Charities and not-for-profit organisations can apply for the next Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation funding round, which closes on April 6, 2012. 

For more info, go to or visit a branch.

What will you save?

NORTH Coast Football president Phil Holt announced the following fee reductions (which were expected to be adopted at today's AGM) for junior players as a result of the Newcastle Permanent sponsorship.

  • Under 6s and 7s - $14 registration reduction
  • Under 8s and 9s - $4 registration reduction
  • Under 10s and 11s - $9.20
  • Under 12s to 18s - stable.

"Individual clubs will be expected to pass on these reductions," Mr Holt said.

He said Under 10 and Under 11 competititions would be run under small-side non-competitive rules for the first time in 2012 in the final phase of small-side implementation.

Changes would include smaller teams comprising nine players rather than 11 on the field.

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