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Club thankful for award

Nagambie Football and Netball Club have been awarded the 2014 Community Organisation of the Year award at the Nagambie Australia Day ceremony.

JENNA BISHOP February 6, 2014 4:17am

Dean Shepherd accepted the 2014 Community Organisation of the Year for the Nagambie Football and Netball Club at the Nagambie Australia Day awards ceremony.

Officials at the Nagambie Football and Netball Club hope their recent award win will help other organisations in the community successfully engage with the community to increase participation numbers.

The club was named 2014 Community Organisation of the Year at the Nagambie Australia Day Ceremony.

Club president Rob Auld said while the award had recognised the club’s recent successes, it also highlighted the role sporting organisations and community clubs played in smaller regional towns.

‘‘We’re pretty chuffed our club was deemed worth of receiving the award,’’ Auld said.

‘‘I think it’s great, because it’s all volunteer work at the club.

‘‘It still remains a challenge for community groups and clubs to continue sustainably with smaller numbers.’’

Auld said the club had its recent endeavours to partnership with the community to thank for the award.

He said as part of the club’s mission, it was seeking to engage with other community organisations to unite the community to create service arrangements that were mutually beneficial for each organisation.

Currently, the club is forming links with the region’s farming community to see how they can support and rally around them.

Auld said dwindling populations of young people in regional towns was making it difficult for clubs to recruit enough members to stay viable and competitive.

‘‘We’ll have to make sure we work hard this year to ensure we have sufficient numbers for our teams this year,’’ he said.

‘‘Country areas are finding it increasingly difficult to keep their youth in the area.’’

Auld said he hoped the success of the Nagambie Football and Netball Club and its receipt of the Community Organisation of the Year award would pave the way for other organisations to create more partnerships in the community to encourage participation.

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