Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) today announced that the National Premier League (NPL) Youth season for 2021 had concluded as the NSW Government won’t allow community sport to resume until November. (See NNSWF statement: Link)
NPL was suspended on 31 July 2021 when Newcastle and the Hunter Valley went into lockdown, two weeks before regional New South Wales.
North Coast has four teams that compete in the high-level NPL Youth competition against teams from Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Hunter Valley and Mid-North Coast over 22 rounds each year.
Of the four North Coast teams, the Under 15’s were coming third and were well-positioned to make the finals. The three other teams (Under 16, Under 14 and Under 13) were all placed mid-table but not in contention for finals.
North Coast Football is inviting players to join the program for season 2022. Players can register their interest here: https://ncf.link/22pdpeoi
The NCF NPL program is sponsored by Guzman y Gomez and C.ex Group.
Comments attributable to Mr Alex Nolan, Manager of Player and Coach Development at NCF
It’s a shame that we didn’t get to finish the season, but we are supportive of Northern NSW’s decision to end it now.
Over the last three months, I have seen the weekly improvement in the squads, and it would have been great to continue that through to the end of the 2021 season.
The dedication and improvement in the under 15’s were highlights. Their results reflected that. They earned themselves a place in the top four and were looking forward to taking on the best teams in the competition in pursuit of the trophy.
Despite the early end of the season, players are still working hard behind the scenes during the lockdown.
I don’t doubt that we can show the competition that North Coast will be a force to be reckoned with in the 2022 season.