Vote for the team or individual that you think most needs funding, for their chance to receive up to $1,500 from the Thermoskin Community Sports Fund!
You will also be entered in the draw to win a $200 EFTPOS Gift Card!
With a total pool of $10,000 available plus a gift of Thermoskin’s Plantar FXT Calf Socks, 2016 winners will be decided upon by a panel of 4 judges including Melanie Wright (Australian Olympic Gold Medalist and World Record Holder in Swimming), Sharelle McMahon (former Australian Netballer), Brett Emerton (ex-Socceroo) and Thermoskin CEO Matthew Symington.
Shortlisted entries will be based on quality of application, why the funds are needed, value to the community/individual, and number of votes received by the public, so start voting now and make your contribution!
To find out more on how your voting contributes, please visit our Terms & Conditions. Thermoskin Community Sports Fund Recipients will be announced on the Thermoskin website and Facebook page.
Voting: 4th – 25th May 2016
Recipients Announced: 6th June 2016
Voting has now finished.
Recipients will be announced on 6th June 2016.
A small, rapidly growing club, in 2014 Yuraygir United FC fielded a senior soccer team for the first time in almost a decade and in 2015 the club's two competitive sides won their respective titles in 3rd Division and Under-12s - which included a grandfather, several fathers and their sons and daughters. Made up of boys and girls from the sparsely populated Yuraygir coastline, the now Under-13 playing group have achieved incredible success for such a small population base. Many were part of Wooli Public School's NSW PSSA Small Schools Knockout side who won the 2014 state title including a score of 5-1 in the semi and grand finals. Noah Armstrong, Ossian Dobra-Garrett and Jonas and Angus Waern also won the NSW PSSA 4x100 Small Schools Relay and represented North Coast Football Under-11s. The Waern twins are current NSW Country players who have represented at National Youth Football Championships.
Value to the Community
Yuraygir United FC draws its players from the small coastal villages of Minnie Water, Wooli, Pillar Valley and Tucabia. It is the only team sporting club in the district, which has a collective population of about 2000 people. Formed 30 years ago, in 2016 the club changed its name from Tucabia Bears Soccer Club to be more inclusive of the wider area. This year the club has grown from two to four competitive teams - 2nd and 3rd Division and Under 12s and 13s, plus under 6s, 7s, 9s and 10s. The club plans continued growth with an aim to step up to NCF Premier League coinciding with when their talented youngsters emerge into senior football ranks. In 2015 the Bears relocated from Tucabia to their sentimental home at Wooli Sports Ground. This has ignited community spirit, and home crowds have suddenly grown from a dozen to a hundred plus.
Why the funds are needed
2015 was the first time in many years Wooli Sports Ground was used for football. During that preseason club members volunteered their own time and resources to prepare it for the pending season. This included weeding, digging holes, resurfacing and levelling. The works sufficed temporarily, but the club now has twice as many teams playing at the venue every Saturday and the facilities and surface urgently require renovations. Being a low priority zone for council and a small club, we do not receive a lot of help. At the conclusion of the 2016 season the club plans to carry out extensive works on the ground including expenses for soil and diesel - $550 would go towards this major upgrade. The current lights only allow a small corner of the field to be used for training. Two LED floodlights would at least double the usable area - $400. Two aluminium benches for home and away teams - $400. New First Aid Kit - $150. Due to the name change, the club also requires new uniforms for every grade. Many are still wearing last year's strip. The venue hosts the annual Australian National Goanna Pulling Championships, which would also benefit from upgrades.
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