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Yamba Football Club sends SOS as future looks uncertain

YAMBA Football Club is facing an uncertain future unless new committee members can quickly be found to lead the club into the 2013 season.

The 25-year-old club recently put the call out for new committee members after several club stalwarts either retired or scaled back their involvement due to family commitments, leaving the club with a skeleton committee.

Unfortunately of the hundreds of people involved in the club - including about 300 parents of junior players - not one person answered the call to help take the club's 170 registered juniors and two men's teams into the next season.

Out-going club president Dan Griffin said the lack of interest in the club's future was frustrating given the positive momentum the club had been building over the past couple of years.

Mr Griffin said 2012 had been a great year for Yamba FC with many teams making it to the finals, facilities upgraded and a strategic plan developed to guide the club into the future - why no one wanted to take part in that future now was baffling Mr Griffin said.

He said since its formation the club had continued to grow - he said while growth was positive, it made the role of volunteers and committee members more crucial than ever.

"In the past, the smaller club could be managed by a small group of people. The positive is that Yamba FC has grown substantially and we are getting to a point where we are now looking to improve the level of the support for our players. This will grow the success of the club," Mr Griffin said.

"The negative of growing the club is that more teams, more management, more coaches requires more volunteers on the committee. I understand that people balk at committing to taking on more in a busy day but I feel a bit let down by the response.

"In the past, we haven't put out the call for help but this year we asked, continuously and clearly, for help. If there had been two new people show-up, I would have been happy but none?"

Mr Griffin said if no one came forward to help - particularly parents connected to the junior teams - some tough decisions may have to be made about how many teams the club would be able to field next season.

He said the club had now declared all committee positions vacant and will hold an emergency general meeting on Tuesday night to hopefully get some volunteers on board to keep the club running onto the field in the future.

Mr Griffin said being part of the committee had been a great experience for himself and he urged others to please consider helping the club continue.

"It is the simple principle of many hands make light work holds true and the result of that work will benefit a couple of hundred kids in this town," Mr Griffin said.

"We are not asking people to do anything but help out. This is a well organized club that runs smoothly but we still need people to drive the ship."

The emergency general meeting will be held from 7pm Tuesday night at the Yamba Golf and Country Club - all are welcome.

Anyone interested in volunteering to help the club can also contact Mr Griffin on 0434 933 140.



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