Our Dearest Football Community,

It is with a heavy heart that the MFA officially announce the abandonment of the 2021 Football Season.

The decision was not taken lightly and is a direct result of the current health pandemic that has seen Greater Sydney placed in lockdown since 6pm Saturday, 26 June 2021.

Whilst lockdown is scheduled to end on Saturday, 28 August, the status of the pandemic suggests that lockdown will once again be extended. In reaching this decision, we have consulted various Government agencies and monitored daily updates from the Premier, the Minister for Health and the Chief Medical Officer. Currently there is no Government sanctioned roadmap out of the lockdown for sport, which has left the MFA Board with no alternative but to call an end to the 2021 Season.

The NSW Government’s health advice, particularly with the current state of daily infections and vaccination rates, made it difficult to provide a safe environment to continue with the Winter Season. Above all, the safety of our community is our number one priority and could not be jeopardised.

As the 2021 season has been abandoned, there will be no winners declared and no Premierships awarded. As a guiding principle, no teams will be promoted nor relegated based on results in the 2021 Season. As a starting point, teams will commence the 2022 season in the same grade (division) that they finished the 2021 season (at the point where the season was abandoned). For example, if your team finished 2021 in U14 Division 1, it will be graded in U15 Division 1 to start 2022. As always, teams will be assessed at the point of nomination in 2022.

With respect to registration fees, it should be noted that a players registration fee is made up of several components. There are levies applied by Football Australia and Football NSW, which include personal accident insurance. The MFA has petitioned Football NSW and Football Australia to apply a discount on registration levies, which is under consideration.

The MFA is also undertaking its own financial budget review following the decision to abandon the season. Any discounts will be provided to member clubs.

A players registration fee is paid to and managed by your local club. The levies detailed above are factored into the final fee, as are the costs of playing football for your club, such as ground hire, uniforms, equipment, referees, trophies, maintenance, etc. It is not unreasonable to assume that clubs have incurred many of these costs. Please allow your clubs committee an opportunity to review their finances at this time. Please remember that local clubs are run by community volunteers that we owe plenty to.

On behalf of the MFA Board and staff, we would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the Macarthur Football Family for your patience and understanding during this difficult time. We are sure you are all as disappointed as we are, but we look forward to 2022 with optimism.

We encourage you all to continue to follow the health advice and look after one another.

If you or someone you know is struggling to cope, please consider assistance from the following services:

Lifeline
https://www.lifeline.org.au/
13 11 14

Beyond Blue
https://www.beyondblue.org.au/
1300 22 4636

Kids Helpline
1800 551 800

NSW Mental Health
1800 011 511

We can’t wait to see you on the pitch in 2022.

Yours in Football,

Chairman Darcy Lound
on behalf of the MFA Board of Directors.

Club Email Bulletin 2021.2 March

 

Important Dates to Remember

 

7th March – Various team trials vs Liverpool Olympic (refer to TeamApp for further details)

21st March – M League Season Commences

9th April – Remainder of Mustangs Community Club Teams Season Commences

 

General Club Information

 

*** Club Merchandise

 

All orders have been placed with our suppliers Legea, and this is anticipated to arrive back at the club the first week in April.

Once items are received by the club, we will organise to have the merchandise provided to each team Manager for team distribution.

 

*** Trial Games

 

The committee realise that the above merchandise update means that some teams/players will not have items for the upcoming trial games. In the interim if players have access to black socks and shorts these should be worn for the pre-season games. Playing shirts are available for collection from the club, however all teams should have already advised Gail (secretary@mtannanmustangs.com.au) of the number of shirts and sizes required.

 

Trial game referee payments are not included in our club registration packages, and these trial game referee fees are normally split between both teams (clubs) on game day.

However, this weekend’s trials with Liverpool Olympic, there are NO FEES DUE as they have kindly offered to cover these payments.

 

We hope to arrange and announce further trial matches over the coming weeks, please keep referring to the Latest News section on our clubs TeamApp for the latest Trial information.

 

*** Club Registration Updates

 

The Mustangs have very limited places remaining across the club; however we can still accept registrations in most age brackets.

If you have any questions in relation to vacancies, please email Jamie (registrations@mtannanmustangs.com.au) to confirm prior to registration.

 

Majority of our teams now have a nominated coach and manager; the committee thank you for your time in volunteering for these roles.

Just a quick reminder that part of these roles involves a registration process, which may include a Working with Children check from Service NSW.

If any coach or manager has not yet completed this registration, can you please contact Jamie (registrations@mtannanmustangs.com.au) if you are having any problems with the process required. We need to finalise these ASAP.

 

*** Training/Playing Field Access – Wandarrah Reserve

 

As per previous correspondence, during the month of March, we have limited access to Wandarrah Reserve.

The Mustangs are ONLY able to access this field on Wednesday and Friday evenings, no Mustangs team should be training on this field outside of these nights.

 

*** Training Equipment

 

The committee are currently working on training equipment kits for each team with the aim of having these available for collection on the weekend.

Further information will be sent out later in the week once we have this finalised. Please keep an eye on Facebook and TeamApp for these updates.

 

*** For further information about your club, please refer to the following,

 

All club members are encouraged to sign up for our multiple forms of communication.

The Mustangs committee utilise, our club website, Facebook, TeamApp site and emails to communicate with its members.

 

TeamApp – https://mtannanmustangs.teamapp.com

Website – www.mtannanmustangs.com.au (especially refer to the Notices section for info)

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/groups/336083163384/

 

General Club Queries – secretary@mtannanmustangs.com.au

Registration Queries – registrations@mtannanmustangs.com.au

 

 

Looking forward to a bumper season 2021.

 

MUSTANGS 2021 COMMITTEE

Club Email Bulletin 2021.1 January

Important Dates to Remember

28th Jan – U17 trials – Wandarrah Reserve
3rd Feb – U8 SAP, U11 Development Squad & U14 & U17 trials – Wandarrah Reserve
4th Feb – U8 SAP, U10 Development Squad & U14 trials – Wandarrah Reserve
5th Feb – U10 & U11 Development Squad trials – Wandarrah Reserve
10th Feb – U14 boys trials – Wandarrah Reserve
11th Feb – U14 boys trials – Wandarrah Reserve

General Club Information

*** NEW Club Sponsors

The Mustangs committee are excited to announce some new long-term partnerships starting in season 2021.

Our competition teams will be proudly sponsored by Superior Training Centre, who are a niche market training firm based in Ingleburn.
Superior Training Centre provide superior courses to get you qualified, their core function is to promote careers in the electrical, air conditioning-refrigeration and metal fabrication industries by investing in skills and training to grow the number of skilled workers throughout NSW. With a combined 100+ years’ experience in the field, you are guaranteed quality training & support. They cater to Trainees, Apprentices, International Students, Groups, and Employers.
Further information and training courses are available via their website, https://www.stc.nsw.edu.au.

While our mini teams will be proudly sponsored by Chicken Wizard Mt Annan.
Chicken Wizard are our local roasting house, with award winning burgers. They aspire to provide great quality food at competitive pricing. If you are looking for fresh food, then look no further than Mount Annan Chicken Wizard.
Further information and menus are available via their website, https://www.chickenwizard.com.au.

*** Season 2021 Current Plans

At this stage we anticipate the start of season 2021 starting early April, with trial games being held during March.
Further and more informative details will be provided as we receive them from MFA.

*** Club Registration Information

Online registrations for season 2021 are now open, with the process being the same as that from last year.
Players/Coaches/Managers should register an account with playfootball.com.au and then from within this account sign up to the Mt Annan Mustangs.
We will also be arranging some register in person dates; however these are still to be determined. Dates, times, and locations will be advertised shortly.

Further registration information is available on our club website https://www.mtannanmustangs.com.au, or email registrations@mtannanmustangs.com.au.

Can any returning teams from season 2020 please advise the club if their squad wishes to remain together for season 2021.
It would be appreciated if 2020 coaches/managers drop us an email (secretary@mtannanmustangs.com.au) so that we can accommodate these requests.

*** Registration Fees for Season 2020

MiniRoos registrations fees U6 & 7 $220 – U8 & 9 $240 – U10 & 11 $260
Junior registration fees U12 $270 – U13 & 14 $285 – U15 & 16 $300 – U17 & 18 $320
Senior registration fees All Age Men/Ladies, M-League (Firsts/Reserves), O35s $320
Note – all MiniRoos and Junior fees are inclusive of all association and referee fees. The Senior teams do not include referee fees which are payable at each game.

*** Trial Dates

The Mustangs are running a range of trials this season, with our U8 SAP, U10 & U11 Development Squads and our U14 & U17 competition teams currently booked in.
Please refer to our club website and TeamApp for further information on current trials.

*** For further information about your club, please see the following,

All club members are encouraged to sign up for our multiple forms of communication.
The Mustangs committee utilise, our club website, Facebook, TeamApp site and emails to communicate with its members.

General Club Queries – secretary@mtannanmustangs.com.au
Registration Queries – registrations@mtannanmustangs.com.au
Website – www.mtannanmustangs.com.au (especially refer to the Notices section for info)
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/groups/336083163384/
TeamApp – https://mtannanmustangs.teamapp.com

MUSTANGS 2021 COMMITTEE