Finals clash for New England North West U13 Football Club

It’s finals week for the Northern Inland Academy of Sport (NIAS) Football Club (FC) talented U13 Northern League Team, as they take on Kahibah FC on Wednesday 5 October in a semi final.

The NIAS Northern League Team will make the trek to Newcastle, to take on the home team at Lake Macquarie Football complex for a 2pm kick off.

The winner will move forward to the Grand Final held this Saturday 8 October, playing again at Lake Macquarie Football complex.

NIAS Programs Manager, Richard Willis, said this is a great achievement for a team which has spent many weekends on the road.

“These players have shown outstanding dedication and endurance, with 22 rounds of football and a trip to Newcastle every second round,” Mr Willis said. “That is a significant time, energy and financial commitment for the athletes, their parents and families.

“It’s paid off too – after 22 rounds the NIAS Northern League Team is currently in 2nd place.

“We couldn’t have achieved this without the support of our major sponsor Wonder White, and Joblink Plus which has provided vital assistance enabling the team to travel.”

The skilled Northern League Team is coached by Andrew Vernon and Dale Lewis, two well-respected NIAS coaches and managers who have brought years of experience and expertise to the team.

This finals clash comes after a huge month of sport excellence for NIAS athletes, with NIAS providing the opportunities, pathways and access for regional athletes to thrive and transition to higher levels of competition and performance.

Through NIAS, athletes have access to development programs, coach support services, industry awards and sporting initiatives that help develop the individual potential of identified talented sportspeople.

NIAS is committed to helping local athletes overcome major regional disadvantages such as the tyranny of distance, lack of access to regular quality coaching, inadequate regular high-quality competition and limited exposure to state sporting bodies.