THE Bega Bombers are seeking a group of pathfinders to lead the Bega Valley’s newest football club to success.
Named for the dedicated pilots who led Bomber Command in WW2, the Bega Bombers Pathfinders will have a special place in the history of the Aussie rules club.
“We’ve set aside 50 places for foundation members,” club president Amanda Wright said.
“They’ll be our pathfinders, our foundation members and each will be rewarded with a special individually numbered certificate of membership.
“It will cost $20 to be a pathfinder and we know that there are a number of people keen to see the development of Australian football in the valley, and who’ll see this as an opportunity to show their support in a very practical way.
“We’re holding a special silent auction to determine our number one pathfinder and hope that someone will take this opportunity to give a special boost to the club,” Wright said.
“Developing a new club from the ground up is an expensive business.
“We have a number of ‘one-off’ expenses to meet and these foundation members will be vital in helping us reach our target of a successful first year in the Sapphire Coast Australian Football League.”
Wright said the fledgling club has already applied to join SCAFL and is confident of being able to field junior and senior teams in season 2013.
“We had great interest in the Auskick and junior programs we ran in 2012 with more than 60 youngsters enrolled,” she said.
“We’ll certainly be running Auskick again this year and we’re confident that we’ll field two and possibly three junior teams in the competition. “Better, we’ve been delighted that a number of senior players have indicated they’d like to join the club and we’ve already begun registering them with SCAFL.”
The Bega Bombers have already received considerable support and encouragement from AFL NSW/ACT.
“A gift of two sets of junior jumpers, shorts and socks from the AFL has been a great start for the club,” Wright said.
“And we have the backbone of a good organising committee in place but realise there’s a lot more to be done before we can take the field when the season starts this year.
“We’re still looking for coaches for our junior sides.
“Volunteers would be very welcome and we can arrange for them to gain their basic coaching qualifications.
“We’re an equal opportunity employer,” she said, “and we’d really like to boast the first female coach in the league.”
To become a pathfinder, potential members are asked to call 6492 2619.
To bid to become number one pathfinder, post your bid at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Potential volunteers and junior coaches are invited to contact Amanda Wright on 0405 372 401.