This weekend, 30th & 31st July, Narrabeen FC will be holding their second annual Community Weekend from 8am – 12pm at Boondah and will continue from 1pm at Narrabeen Sports High on both days.
Community Weekend will see the Narrabeen community come together to celebrate their community spirit and culture of not just the football club but also the Narrabeen area and the surrounding suburbs.
The inaugural Community Day was held in 2019 and was the result of a coming together of ideas between some of the Narrabeen committee members, Guy Muriti, Cameron Peirce, Rocky Giles and Yvonne Giles.
With two disrupted season this year will be the second time the club has held the event and have decided to expand from Community Day to Community Weekend and club president Dan Cook could not be prouder or more excited of the upcoming event.
“This year Community Day has grown to become Community Weekend, which allows us to include and to of course celebrate the ever-growing Junior women’s members at Narrabeen FC” Cook said.
“It is a great opportunity to create a memorable atmosphere and experience particularly for our junior members and of course to promote active involvement in your community.”
A jumping castle, BBQ, games, and activities will see Boondah turn into a kid’s playground from 8am-12pm over the weekend for them to enjoy before or after their games.
To add to the celebrations and community spirit Narrabeen FC have also decided to run the event alongside the PanKind foundations #PlayInPurple weekend and are encouraging their teams to get involved as they raise funds and awareness for the charities work with pancreatic cancer research.
The celebrations will continue in the afternoons over at Narrabeen High School when the club’s men’s premier league and women’s AL1 teams take to the field.
The men’s premier league team will be battling for the inaugural Community Cup (and bragging rights) this Saturday afternoon, 3pm, as they take on top of the table Pittwater RSL FC. Introduced this year the Community Cup will become an annual event between Narrabeen’s premier league men’s team and their opponent that they are scheduled to play.
“What better way to kick off the inaugural Community Cup than with a local derby!” said Cook.
“During the Community Cup match, we have also invited U6 and U7 players from both clubs to be involved in the experience.
“They will run on with the Men’s PL first grade teams before kick-off and then play a half time demonstration match. This is something we look to continue in future years as a memorable experience for the kids and to highlight that there is a future pathway for all players to aspire to at Narrabeen FC.”
On Sunday afternoon at 1pm the women’s AL1’s will play CC Strikers to finish off the weekend of celebrations. The club are also encouraging their junior women to come along and cheer the team on.
“With the junior women’s numbers growing and the interest in women’s football at an all-time high, Narrabeen FC is dedicated to developing and supporting our junior women’s players to go on to become long term adult players with the club.”
All if this would not be possible though without the work of many dedicated volunteers.
“It is so rewarding to know that we have members of our current committee so dedicated to creating and organising these types of events and initiatives on top of their normal committee duties” Cook said.
“I couldn’t be prouder to be President of such an amazing club. After two very difficult seasons as President, this year in particular has been incredibly rewarding.
“The community spirit evident within this club was the main factor that got me involved 10 years ago as a coach of a junior W11’s team and a few years later taking on a role on the committee,” said Cook.
“The sense of community created by these events and the many other initiatives that are driven by our hard-working volunteers are felt by all of the players, parents, coaches and managers that are involved.
“Most importantly, these types of events promote community involvement for all of our members, young and old, and I believe these events are instrumental in fostering strong minded, respectful and engaged young members of the community who will no doubt grow up to be positive contributors to their community as they enter their adult years.”
Community Weekend Event Details
When: Saturday and Sunday, 30th-31st July 2022
Where: Boondah Reserve & Narrabeen Sports High
Time: 8am-12pm (Boondah) and 1pm onwards (Narrabeen High)
What: Activities including jumping castle & BBQ at Boondah both mornings, Community Cup match at 3pm on Saturday at Narrabeen High, Women’s AL1 game at 1pm on Sunday at Narrabeen High