Hundreds of juniors expected at Alstonville FC carnival
HUNDREDS of junior soccer players will head to Alstonville on Sunday for the club's annual carnival.
The carnival at Geoff Watt Oval is open to all players aged 6 to 11.
Organisers promote it as a fun family day in a friendly, non-competitive environment.
Last year more than 90 teams attended, making it the biggest carnival on the Far North Coast calendar.
Sponsors include Alstonville Plaza, Clarence Property and Plateau Dental.
A barbecue will be available all day, as well as brewed coffee and home-made cakes.
A jumping castle will keep those too young to kick a ball to their mates out of trouble.
Teams can enter through their clubs or by contacting carnival convenor Dan Rojo on 0419-206677.
More information is available on the club's website.
Junior numbers up on the Far North Coast
JUNIOR soccer numbers on the Far North Coast continue to increase, according to figures released last week.
Entry level (5-7 years) registrations this season are up 12.8% with 1102 youngsters now playing Miniroos football.
A further 1798 players are participating in the 8-11 years age divisions, up 8%, with a total of 4517 juniors out of the 6488 players in winter competitions.
Football Far North Coast general manager Steve Mackney said the growth in participation was a great result.
"With so many sporting options, we are delighted that football remains the most popular choice for so many," he said.
"The support of strategic partners such as Newcastle Permanent allows us to increasingly deliver grassroots football in a way that promotes good value, professionalism and enjoyment."