Sport

Poll to determine soccer interest

By Jamie Lowe

The Deniliquin District Soccer Club committee is trying to gauge interest in playing a shortened competition in 2020.

The DDSC is aiming to hold the competition during term three of the NSW school year (which runs from July 21 to September 25).

President Peter Thompson is urging those who want to play to express their interest via an online poll on the Deniliquin District Soccer Club Facebook page.

The poll will end on Monday, with a meeting to be held soon after to consider the level of interest.

‘‘We need to see what interest there is in the competition before we decide whether we will go ahead with it,’’ Thompson said.

‘‘Our ideal situation would see four teams of 10 in four grades, so we’re hopeful of having about 160 registrations.

‘‘We’re also hoping we can get an Open Grade comp up and running again.

‘‘What we need mostly, though, is to ensure we have enough volunteers so we can ensure each team has a manager.

‘‘We also need to ensure we can safely run the competition.’’

Thompson said the club is on the right track for holding a competition, with volunteers already putting their hand up to umpire games.

‘‘We have a group of high school students who want to umpire as part of their Duke of Edinburgh program,’’ Thompson said.

‘‘This competition would have to be played under COVID-19 social distancing restrictions and would involve larger responsibilities for coaches, tracking players and parents who arrive at Rotary Park and minimising numbers at the grounds at any one time.

‘‘Volunteers will also need to be on hand to help with setting up of sanitising stations and the extra cleaning requirements.

‘‘Although restrictions are easing, there is still the possibility of fines if we do not have these safety measures in place.’’

In addition to participating in the poll, parents are asked to send a message to the Deniliquin District Soccer Club Facebook page with the name and age of children wishing to play.