JOSH and the Jets launched a special football clinic at Gipps Street in Tamworth on Saturday morning before Hillvue Rovers club stalwart Alf Smalllanded a major award at the Northern Inland Football Presentation on Saturday night.
Six-year-old Josh Paul played for Hillvue Rovers in the Tamworth Football Association’s 2013 competitions this season and went in a promotional draw Northern NSW Football was running across all of its seven regions, NNSWF club development officer Gary Fisher said.
“We did a random draw and selected seven winners,” Fisher explained.
“We hope it’s part of a regular competition and clinics for the clubs.”
Jets stars such as Michael Bridges and Connor Chapman were on hand Saturday morning to honour Josh’s competition win and the little footballer and a lot of his clubmates were able to take advantage of some fun and games with the Jets, who were in town for yesterday’s A League trial with Central Coast Mariners.
“We’ve got 93 players registered,” Hillvue Rover stalwart Small said.
Unbeknown to Small, he was to receive a special NIF Service to Football Award at Saturday’s presentation gala.
“We range from Under 6s to 12s. Not all of them are here today though.”
Small was a founder of the Rovers way back in 1968.
“I was the first president and still am,” he said.
“No one else will do the job.”
He also marvelled at the fact “Nev Fulwood was one of our first players”.
“He was only four and now he’s 44.
“His young bloke, Sam, is also in the Northern NSW Under 14s.
“They start their national titles in Coffs Harbour on Monday (today), otherwise he’d be here.”
It’s a shame a few more of their teammates hadn’t turned out for the free Jets clinic, Small said.
They could have met rising star Connor Chapman for instance.
The 18-year-old centre back burst into the Jets team last season and is looking forward to a big A League season.
He hails from Sydney but is a confirmed Jet.
“It’s my second year with them,” Chapman said.
“I played all last season and then in the All Stars game against Manchester United. That was good.”
He’s also played for the Young Socceroos (in Turkey) and rates that an experience.