Association joins fight to save historic club
Northern NSW Football has committed to trying to save one of the oldest football clubs in Northern NSW, the West Wallsend Bluebells.
The club, formed in 1891 by Scottish miners, is struggling to fill under-19, under-23 and first-grade teams in the second-tier First Division, which kicks off on March 22.
In response Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) will facilitate a ‘Town Hall Meeting’ for members of the local community who have an interest in rebuilding a sustainable club that has the capacity to serve the local community into the future. The meeting will be staged at 7pm on Monday, March 3 at the historical Museum Hotel in West Wallsend, which was where the club celebrated their first competitive fixture against Adamstown Rosebuds in 1891.
Northern NSW Football will seek to establish a working party chaired by NNSWF’s Club Development Officer, which will focus on establishing a sustainable club that has the capacity to deliver participation opportunities for all members of the local community for hopefully the next 125 years.
"NNSWF recognises and acknowledges the proud history and tradition of football within this Region and we will do everything in our power to provide the local community with the opportunity to rebuild the club," Northern NSW Football CEO David Eland said.
"We’ll do everything we can to maintain West Wallsend’s presence in competitive football in season 2014, however it’s likely that the club will continue to face the same issues unless fundamental change is embraced."
The working group’s terms of reference will include;
- Benefits of merging the existing junior and senior club
- Identifying members of the local community who are prepared to be office bearers
- Establishment of committee structure that facilitates sound governance and management
- Reconnecting former players and officials
- Identifying the needs of the local community and other stakeholders such as schools
- The development of a player pathway for males and females?.