Bonnet Bay FC are Sydney FC’s Local Club of the Week and have won a $500 grant from St. George Bank after being entered into the competition by club President Peter Burgess who highlighted the club’s sense of loyalty as it’s defining factor.
Bonnet Bay FC are Sydney FC-s Local Club of the Week and have won a $500 grant from St. George Bank after being entered into the competition by club President Peter Burgess who highlighted the club-s sense of loyalty as it-s defining factor.
Playing in the Sutherland Shire Football Association, Bonnet Bay are a club who have ensured they remain competitive by reinforcing the value of loyalty to all their teams, from juniors to adults.
“As a smaller club we have remained competitive through instilling a great sense of loyalty among our players,” said club President Peter Burgess.
“While we struggle a little in younger age groups, our high retention rate has seen us become a leader in senior men-s and women-s soccer in the Sutherland Shire.
“We are one of only 3 clubs to be represented in the top grade of each genders competition and we have a very high proportion of female players at just under 40%,” he continued.
“We are regarded by many as the leading club for women-s football in the shire.”
One of Bonnet Bay FC-s most unique facets is their annual end of season trips to Cambodia where the team members visit orphanages and villages throughout the region delivering football gear and playing matches against the locals.
“Over the last couple of seasons we-ve run these trips,” said Burgess.
“We-ve got a player in the club who-s a chaplain so we appointed him as the club chaplain, and he really initiated our support of this village in Cambodia.
“The first trip was just a group of over 35-s players going into this orphanage to help out people with a lot of building works and in the second year we had another tour but a lot of our players took their kids this time as well,” he continued.
“The parents just want their kids to realise how fortunate they are and that maybe they should help out others. It-s worked really well and the third tour is going to be on later this year.”
Burgess was delighted at being awarded the grant from St. George Bank and said the money would go towards Bonnet Bay FC-s re-development of their club house.
“We just really appreciate the support, any support we can get,” he said.
“We-re doing a major redevelopment of our club house this year so all the support we can get is very welcome.
“The most important thing is it-s great that Sydney FC is working and connecting with the grassroots clubs and that-s really important for all of us. Thank you to St. George Bank and Sydney FC.”
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