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Issue 25 Offside December 2012

From the Editor

As we reach the final month of the year we reach issue number 25 of Offside. The December 2010 edition was my first as editor and I've loved every minute of it. 

The ESFA Annual General Meeting was held on Monday night and we should all congratulate Anthony D’Agata from Mascot Kings, the recipient of the inaugural Ted Simmons Junior Football Medal. His dedication to football is a fantastic achievement and deserving of such recognition!

I’d also like to take the opportunity to thank the Board, Raff and my colleagues; Caroline, Andrew, Jo, Ann and Aaron. It’s been a roller coaster ride of a year but all with hard work and good fun. The world’s not going away anytime soon so we have much to look forward to in 2013.

I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Have a safe and happy holiday period. As always, Offside will take a break for the holiday period and will be returning to your inbox again in February.

- Gregory Calacouris

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New look ESFA paves the way ahead

Improved governance and financial sustainability marked a successful year for the Eastern Suburbs Football Association at the 2012 Annual General Meeting on Monday, 26 November.

John Clayton (Easts FC) and Paul Kelly (Maroubra United) were elected as two new members of the Board of ESFA, filling the two Director positions. Andrew Field was also re-elected to the Director of Technical Development and Coaching.

ESFA President, Raff Del Vecchio, noted that governance, financial sustainability and refined competitions were the goals that drove the Board throughout 2012 and was pleased to report success in all three areas.

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Anthony D’Agata awarded Ted Simmons Junior Football Medal

Demonstrating “a rare set of talents” for his age, Anthony D’Agata was awarded the inaugural Ted Simmons Junior Football Medal for his inspirational commitment to coaching at Mascot Kings in 2012 and for providing young players with confidence belief.

Unable to play football for the past several years due to injury, Anthony D’Agata, 20, has instead shown his love for the game as a coach and mentor for the Mascot Kings Under 18s and Under 12B teams.

“What Anthony has is the rare combination of a good strategic and tactical head plus a genuine respect and care for others, particularly the children he coaches,” Pam Chow, Mascot Kings Club secretary, explained.

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Double the Opportunities for Eastern Suburbs Kids

The Eastern Suburbs Football Association and Sydney Uni SFC are pleased to announce that they have both been awarded licenses to participate in the revamped Football NSW Skills Acquisition Program in 2013.

The revamped Football NSW Skills Acquisition Program (SAP) replaces the old regional SAP program as well as the former Skills Acquisition League and Premier Development Program. The 2013 SAP will incorporate the fundamental principles of the FFA National Curriculum and Small Sided Football Regulations, including; match format (U9 in 7v7, U10 and U11 in 9v9), training loads, match loads, program duration and field dimensions.

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ESFA Office Holiday Closure Dates

The ESFA Office will be closed over the holiday period from 17 December 2012 and will reopen on Monday, 14 January 2012.

We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and that you all have a safe and happy holiday.

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What's On

ESFA All Clubs Meeting
10 December

Registrars Meeting
13 December

Office Close
17 December - 14 January

Referees Commence Level 3 Course

Up to 35 local referees are commencing their Level 3 Community course today. The all day course will involve a theoretical exam and be followed up with a practical assessment.

Sydney FC Fixtures

v Melbourne Heart
@ Allianz Stadium - 2 Dec

v Wellington Phoenix
@ Westpac Stadium - 9 Dec

v Western Sydney Wanderers
@ Allianz Stadium - 15 Dec

v Newcastle Jets 
@ Hunter Stadium - 22 Dec

v Central Coast Mariners
@ Allianz Stadium - 27 Dec

v Adelaide United
@ Hindmarsh Stadium - 31 Dec

v Perth Glory
@ Nib Stadium - 5 Jan

v Melbourne Heart
@ Allianz Stadium - 13 Jan

v Wellington Phoenix
@ Allianz Stadium - 19 Jan

v Melbourne Victory
@ AAMI Park - 26 Jan

Sydney FC 2012/13 Membership Packages

Sydney FC have released exciting new Membership packages for the Hyundai A-League season 2012/13.

Find Out More!

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