Looking for volunteers

The Lane Cove Cats is a club run by volunteers. It is run by parents, so their kids can play football. To help our planning for season 2018, we need you to consider now, what you can do. (We do understand that circumstances can change over the off season, so we won’t write anything in stone but there will be an expectation that all families will commit some volunteer hours to the Club.)

Coach and Manager Roles

We are now seeking expressions of interest for coach and manager roles for 2018 so if you are interested, please go straight to the survey. We aim to fill all these roles by the end of the season, so please complete the survey by 1 September.

General Volunteers

We’re also looking for volunteers for a number of key club roles, including:

  • Events Coordinator/Events Committee. Next year, we’ll be allocating an event to an age group (for example, U10s will be organising one event; U11s will be organising another and so on). We need someone to act in a supervisory role across all events (so just coordinating other volunteers). And we’ll be calling for volunteers from age groups for the allocated events.
  • BBQ/Canteen Coordinator. The commitment is for home game rounds only.

In addition to volunteer roles, we are also looking to employ a ground manager. Further details can be found here.

If you are keen, or know someone who is, please get them in touch with us.

 

Register for 2018 to win in 12 Days of Christmas

To celebrate registrations for 2018 being open in the lead up to the festive season, AFL NSW/ACT is opening its advent-calendar of giveaways to reward our junior and NAB AFL Auskick club participants.

From Friday, December 1, 2017 there will be a number of prizes to WIN such as  admission into 30 x Wet’n’Wild Sydney family passes, 10 x Rebel Sport vouchers, a signed Sydney Swans guernsey, a GIANTS match day experience, and much more!

Simply register as a club participant in New South Wales or the ACT and you will go in the draw to WIN!

Follow AFL NSW/ACT and/or NAB AFL AUSKICK – NSW/ACT on Facebook to see which daily prizes are being offered. The prizes up for grabs include the following:

  • DAY 1:  Win one of 10 x $100 Rebel Vouchers (1 December)
  • DAY 2:  Win one of 4 x Sydney Swans ISC Backpacks (2 December)
  • DAY 3:  Win one of 3 x Stevie J’s new book  ‘The Cat with the Giant Story’ (3 December)
  • DAY 4: Win one of 10 x Shopkins Shoppies Doll + 12 pack Shopkins (4 December)
  • DAY 5: Win one of 20 x Burley AFL skills footballs (5 December)
  • DAY 6: Win one of 10 x Wet’n’Wild Sydney one-day general admission family passes (6 December)
  • DAY 7: Win one of 5 x ‘Play Like A Girl’ four book boxsets (7 December)
  • DAY 8: Win one of 2 x Adam Goodes Memorabilia Frames (8 December)
  • DAY 9:  Win one of 2 x 2017 signed Sydney Swans guernseys (9 December)
  • DAY 10: Win one of 20 x Burley AFL skills football (10 December)
  • DAY 11: Win one of 20 x Wet’n’Wild Sydney one-day general admission family passes (11 December)
  • DAY 12: Win a GIANTS match day experience and GIANTS merchandise pack (12 December)

MAJOR PRIZE: One lucky winner will receive a 2018 Toyota AFL Grand Finalpackage including flights, accommodation and 2 x tickets to the big dance!

To register visit Play.AFL or on the Auskick website.

All 2018 registered AFL NSW/ACT junior club and NAB AFL Auskick club participants are automatically included in the draw and new members who renew on the day are included on the days, and every day after that.

*Terms and Conditions – 12 Days of Christmas

Register before Christmas to take advantage of bonus offers

While the children are enjoying the off-season, you can get organised early by registering them now for the 2018 season.

Aside from our early bird offers for both Auskick and Junior registrations, the NSW government is offering a $100 voucher to children who enrol in sporting competition. If you wish to take advantage of this as well, please select this option in the registration process and skip the payment option at the end. For further details, please read these details on our website.

Juniors

For children 8+ years old
Cost: $230 per child
Each player will receive a jumper, shorts and socks.  Jumper and shorts to be returned at the end of the season.

We are planning to enter teams in the AFL Sydney Juniors (Harbour North) league in 2018 across multiple divisions. This includes youth girls teams in U10, U12 & U15 age groups.

Click here to register for 2018.

All junior registrations before 12 December will receive a free training top. To make use of this offer, go to our website, select your top and add the coupon code “2018bonus” at checkout.

Note: If you have already paid your registration fee via our early-bird offer on our website, you still need to complete the registration by entering you child’s personal details into the AFL registration database. However, please make sure you skip the payment section at the end.

Auskick

5-8 years old
Cost: $180 per child
Each player will receive an Auskick membership pack, jumper, shorts and socks.  Jumper and shorts to be returned at the end of the season.

For Auskick, we return to the synthetic oval for all our games in 2018. Once again, children will allocated to age groups; Team Blue (Older kids, the Cats), Team Red (Swans) and then the little ones Team Orange (Giants).

Click here to register Now for 2018!

Special offer! Until 22 December we will hold prices at 2017 levels ($170).

Remember, all Auskickers get a great footy pack including a backpack, NAB AFL Auskick size 1 football, football pump, personalised door sign (with their club of support), bag tag, football card album and pack of footy cards. You also get a LCC guernsey & shorts (which need to be returned at end of season) and socks.

Official 2018 registrations now open!

While the children are enjoying the off-season, you can get organised early by registering them now for the 2018 season.

Aside from our early bird offers for both Auskick and Junior registrations, the NSW government is offering a $100 voucher to children who enrol in sporting competition. If you wish to take advantage of this as well, please select this option in the registration process and skip the payment option at the end. For further details, please read these details on our website.

Juniors

For children 8+ years old
Cost: $230 per child
Each player will receive a jumper, shorts and socks.  Jumper and shorts to be returned at the end of the season.

We are planning to enter teams in the AFL Sydney Juniors (Harbour North) league in 2018 across multiple divisions. This includes youth girls teams in U10, U12 & U15 age groups.

Click here to register for 2018.

All junior registrations before 22 December will receive a free training top. To make use of this offer, go to our website, select your top and add the coupon code “2018bonus” at checkout.

Note: If you have already paid your registration fee via our early-bird offer on our website, you still need to complete the registration by entering you child’s personal details into the AFL registration database. However, please make sure you skip the payment section at the end.

Auskick

5-8 years old
Cost: $180 per child
Each player will receive an Auskick membership pack, jumper, shorts and socks.  Jumper and shorts to be returned at the end of the season.

For Auskick, we return to the synthetic oval for all our games in 2018. Once again, children will allocated to age groups; Team Blue (Older kids, the Cats), Team Red (Swans) and then the little ones Team Orange (Giants).

Click here to register Now for 2018!

Special offer! Until 22 December we will hold prices at 2017 levels ($170).

Remember, all Auskickers get a great footy pack including a backpack, NAB AFL Auskick size 1 football, football pump, personalised door sign (with their club of support), bag tag, football card album and pack of footy cards. You also get a LCC guernsey & shorts (which need to be returned at end of season) and socks.

Receive $100 toward 2018 registration with the Active Kids Voucher Program

The NSW government has allocated $207 million over four years to establish the Active Kids Rebate program to help NSW families meet the cost of getting their kids into sport and fitness activities.

What is the Active Kids Voucher Program?
From 31 January 2018, parents will be able to claim up to $100 per school child, per calendar year, as a voucher to reduce the cost of sport registration or membership fees for after-school, weekend and structured fitness or physical activity, that runs for a duration of eight (8) weeks or more.

The voucher can be redeemed towards payment of memberships or fees with an approved provider registered with the Active Kids Voucher program, each calendar year.

Who is eligible for a voucher?
Every child enrolled in school from Kindergarten to year 12 will be eligible for the Active Kids Voucher.

How do participants access the voucher?
From January 31, 2018, a parent or guardian can apply online at the Service NSW Website.
Once the required information is completed an alpha-numeric voucher code will be provided that can then be used during the Footyweb registration process. The voucher can only be redeemed for one sport per calendar year.

When can families start downloading and using their vouchers?
From January 31, 2018, families will be able to apply for their voucher(s) online from the MyServiceNSW portal. Vouchers are valid for redemption during the current calendar year and will expire at the end of the calendar year. Vouchers cannot be used retrospectively.

Register for 2018 season now!

Juniors receive a free LCC training top

We are opening up registrations for the 2018 AFL Sydney Juniors season early. If you register your son or daughter before the 1 December, we will through in a free training top.

You will also receive a LCC sports pack, including other sporting goodies.

Registrations for 2018 will cost only $230. Each player will receive a guernsey, shorts and socks. Guernsey and shorts to be returned at the end of the season.

To make use of this offer, click here (or head to our online shop on the website and select Registrations).

In addition to the registration fee, you will need to add the training top to your cart. Then apply the coupon code 2018Bonus to obtain the 100% discount. At the same time, we would appreciate if you could also order your socks for the 2018 season. These will be discounted to zero once the above coupon code is inserted. This will help us get the correct sizes for the entire club.

The training top and socks will be delivered before pre-season training begins in late February 2018.

Auskickers pay 2017 price until Christmas

Registration fees for Auskickers will be $180 in 2018. However, until Christmas we will hold prices at 2017 levels ($170).

Remember, all Auskickers get a great footy pack including a backpack, NAB AFL Auskick size 1 football, football pump, personalised door sign (with their club of support), bag tag, football card album and pack of footy cards. You also get a LCC guernsey & shorts (which need to be returned at end of season) and socks.

To make use of this offer, click here

 

If you have any issues, don’t hesitate in contacting us at registrations@lanecovecats.com

 

Peter Beck awarded Auskick Coordinator of the Year

In a glittering night at Epping Club, Peter Beck was award the AFL Sydney Harbour Auskick Coordinator of the Year.

This is the third year the Lane Cove Cats have taken home the prize since in 2013, following on from the great work of Nick Brumley in the formative years of our club.

Peter has been the driving force behind Auskick, with registrations hitting a record 124 in 2017. This includes having the second largest group of girls in this age group in the Sydney region.

He was instrumental in getting our first ever team into the Auskick U8 competition. In conjunction with David O’Dowd and James Lowry, we now have some well skilled 8 year olds that will integrate seamless into the U9 competition next year.

He also started up Team Saints, for children who need some extra time developing the skills. The format for this team was slightly different, and it will be the full hour dedicated to skills with no game at the end. This enabled the children to gain confidence up, before being reintegrated  back to their original Auskick team.

He also continued to drive some old favourites, such as the Mothers Day match and 1/2 Time Auskick games at the SCG.

To take a look back on the year, below is a link to a 5 minute video with some of the photos from the season I’m sure you will all enjoy!

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0rJwAt-n-mZNDRGMlhTQjdzRkk

Auskick is the life and blood of any junior AFL club. And the future of the Lane Cove Cats will be so much stronger due to the great work that Peter has been doing.

Three cheers for Peter Beck!

The Auskick year was celebrated in style on the weekend at the Gala Day at Blackman Park.

Peter has been the driving force behind Auskick, with registrations hitting a record 124 in 2017. This includes having the second largest group of girls in this age group in the Sydney region.

He was instrumental in getting our first ever team into the Auskick U8 competition. In conjunction with David O’Dowd and James Lowry, we now have some well skilled 8 year olds that will integrate seamless into the U9 competition next year.

He also started up Team Saints, for children who need some extra time developing the skills. The format for this team was slightly different, and it will be the full hour dedicated to skills with no game at the end. This enabled the children to gain confidence up, before being reintegrated  back to their original Auskick team.

He also continued to drive some old favourites, such as the Mothers Day match and 1/2 Time Auskick games at the SCG.

To take a look back on the year, below is a link to a 5 minute video with some of the photos from the season I’m sure you will all enjoy!

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0rJwAt-n-mZNDRGMlhTQjdzRkk

Auskick is the life and blood of any junior AFL club. And the future of the Lane Cove Cats will be so much stronger due to the great work that Peter has been doing.

Auskick report

Another perfectly sunny Sunday to end our 8am starts to the season as we prepare for a fun week ahead and a sleep in!
The development in all the children has been a pleasure to watch this season.
The Under 8s and Team Cats have the foundation of skills to progress through to the Under 9’s Juniors competition next year representing Lane Cove Cats.  We are also looking forward to seeing the Swans and Giants teams progress through to the next stage within Auskick, being either Team Cats or Team Swans respectively.
Next week we’ve got Gala Day so a reminder that the starting time for that is 9:30am and will finish at 11:30am.  I’ll send out more details on this during the week.
See you all next Sunday.
P.S. Great win from the mighty Saints this afternoon!  Please let your children know Saints won – I’ve been copping grief from them all for a few weeks now…

Thank you!

As you may have been aware, last week was Community Volunteer Week. As part of this, AFL Sydney Juniors designated round 15 as Volunteer Round at all junior games.

We couldn’t do what we do without your help and support. You are the heart and sole of this club, and I get nothing but great feedback from the wider club about all the hard work you do.

Among that great member base, we have some people who have gone beyond the call of duty.

Coaches/Managers/Coordinators

Managing and coaching a group of kids is never easy. So we tip out hat to all those who put their hand up to help out during the season.

Everyone from the water carrier, right up to the coach does their part in creating a wonderful environment for the kids to learn and enjoy their footy.

BBQ volunteers

We have had great success with the BBQ in 2017. This was the first year we have held the BBQ on a regular basis. Its a welcome sight for parents (& kids) who had to rush out the door to get to early Auskick or junior games. But it also created a nice atmosphere at Blackman Park, with families hanging around and chatting while munching on an egg & bacon roll or sausage.

This has been driven by three fantastic people; Michelle Hawtin, Caroline McDonald and Jane Zahra.

One percenters

We also love the little things that people have been doing during the year.

Sally Byrne found some time to put together some material for the club. It started with a great banner for the U8 team to run through every week. And just recently she has made LCC trestle table cover to be used for special events such as Presentation Day.

Another great initiative was the presentation of Haigh’s chocolates to all Mums from the U11 team. Well done to Paul Schofield for arranging this.

On behalf of the committee, I sincerely thank you for all you hard work.