Emerald Junior Football Club have produced good numbers for training over the summer period and are eager for season 2022 to get underway.
The strong participation numbers sees the Bombers field two under 9’s teams, one under 11’s, two under 13’s, under 15’s, under 16 girls and under 17’s for season 2022, with the under 9’s age group in particular getting over 30 kids to take part.
The overall training program has also produced the goods, where the morale has been encouraging and everyone is excited to play.
Incoming club president Jamie Grace was initially fearful because of some numbers dropping off, but with teams being filled across all ages, he is looking forward to getting back out on the field.
“It’s been good to see a lot of the kids back out there and training which has been worth it,” he said.
“I’m excited to get this sport up and going for these kids and make it as fun as possible.”
Grace’s new role on the executive committee as president spells pride and reward as he enjoys connecting with the young players of the club and watching them grow as individuals.
A lover of community sport and putting on social events that bring people together, he has been joined by a new committee who have been a great help to him in getting organised for the new season.
“It will be good to get back and reload,” he said.
“For me as president, I really enjoy the off-field side of things in connecting with my players to help them grow as individuals.
“One of my aims for this year is to get some functions going so people can come out and enjoy things a lot more from an off-field perspective.”
Respect for coaches, umpires, teammates and others around the club are a key pillar of Grace’s expectations for 2022.
“I am also big on goals and where players want to go with their football and for Emerald juniors to be an influence,” he explained.
“We would like to win but winning isn’t everything.
“We place more of an emphasis on goals and if we achieve those goals, then good results will follow.”