THE Joeys Mini World Cup had a rest day yesterday.
Well, for some it was a rest day, for others it became a paddling excursion with carnival organisers providing an adventure tour kayaking experience for players and parents alike.
A 9km paddle by kayak across Lake Inverell and up the Macintyre River was the unique lay day fare in a five day tournament that JMWC founder Heinrich Haussler hopes will be part of an all-round experience to bring even more people and players to the Sapphire City.
He’s already grown the JMWC from 16 teams to 37.
Unfortunately the demise of the Copeton Dam sport complex due to the resignation and discrediting of National Party MP Richard Torbay has been a large disappointment for Haussler and tournament patron Rale Rasic.
The tournament is also something Northern NSW Football and Northern Inland Football should be supporting but doesn’t.
The Copeton Dam sporting complex would be an ideal headquarters for NIF and NNSWF but is a noticeable absentee from any mention in the 54-page long Strategic Plan.
National Party MPs Adam Marshall (State) and Barnaby Joyce (Federal) have to support and ensure the project is ignited so as to provide their constituents with a major sporting complex to benefit regional sports people and help entice visitors to major sporting events in Inverell.
NIF executive officer, Dino Perizzolo, who is now on holidays, forwarded the Strategic Plan to The Leader this week.
He said the plan had been developed in stages over the past 12 months with the invaluable assistance of NNSWF CEO, David Eland, and considerable input from the NIF directorship and staff.
“Northern Inland Football looks forward to facing the challenges involved with the implementation of the Plan over the next three years, to ensure the success of our vision and mission statements,” he said.
The “vision” is for Northern Inland Football to be “recognised as the provider of the best sporting experiences throughout the region”.
“Our mission,” he said, is for “Northern Inland Football to provide our members and other stakeholders with strong leadership, sound communication and clear strategic direction that will facilitate the growth of football through the delivery of best practice services and innovative programs”.
NIF invites all and sundry to review the document and provide feedback through the zone office by emailing email@example.com
o A copy of the Strategic Plan has also been uploaded to the NIF website.