Chipping Norton to get ready

Chipping Norton Football Club president Brandon Punter said they have a community and family focus for players of all abilities and skill levels to play the round ball game.

With the Southern Districts Soccer Football Association competitions starting on April 5 and April 6, teams are back training and the club is holding grading nights.

Punter said the club's recent spring training program helped with player development.

"We had the expertise of a highly accredited professional coach which ran a program based upon the Football Federation Australia national curriculum," Punter said.

"We had 110 players from a pool of 260 eligible juniors in the six to 16 years age groups.

"The youngsters learned a lot at the coaching program."

Punter said Chipping Norton Football Club doesn't have the benefit like some neighbouring clubs of licenced club support, so their fund-raising comes from hard work by many volunteers, revenue from canteen sales and local sponsorships.

"We're a not-for-profit sporting organisation and our competitive advantage lies in our community focus, giving all boys and girls, senior and junior age groups, an opportunity to enjoy an organised physical activity with like-minded people," Punter said.

Chipping Norton Football Club is smack in the middle of player registration and grading nights for its teams.

"Trials start in March and there are still opportunities for players to join," he said.

The club helps coaches to mentor and develop youth skills at the game.

Details: chippingnortonsoccer.com.au.

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