Primary school gala days take over northern NSW

Fun, friendship and football has taken over northern NSW with primary school gala days proving a huge hit across the region.

Northern NSW Football staff have been busy running gala days across the member federation with more to come throughout March.

NNSWF staff were in the Hunter region at Tenambit on Tuesday and Jesmond yesterday, as well as in the Mid North Coast Football area at Tuncurry on Monday and Kempsey on Wednesday.

NNSWF staff were also in the North Coast Football region at Nambucca yesterday.

They will remain on the north coast to run a gala day at Grafton on Monday, Casino on Wednesday and Bangalow on Thursday, with further gala days to be held at Speers Point in the Hunter on Tuesday and Wednesday.

NNSWF – Northern Inland will also host gala days later this month at Armidale on 29 March and Moree on 30 March.

NNSWF Club Development Officer Brett Hodgekiss said NNSWF gala days continued to grow in popularity across the region with a number of benefits for schools, teachers and their students.

“It’s a great chance to reward students in term one and help them form friendships with their classmates,” Hodgekiss said.

“There is no cost to schools or students. The gala days are completely free and a great way to get kids active outside of the classroom.”

Gala days are four hours of non-competitive, fun and friendly football managed by NNSWF experts.

They are played in a round robin format with four games per team. Teams play against other schools in 5v5 football on modified pitch sizes.

The gala days are open to schools across northern NSW with options to register multiple teams per school.

Gala days are aimed at stage two and three students of all genders and abilities.

All NNSWF staff have Working with Children Checks, are suitably trained in first aid with a risk assessment conducted for each location.