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WPFC Newsletter - Edition 11
12 November 2020

For the Diary

Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 November: Final Selective Teams Trials for junior SAP, Development Squad, Super League, and Diamond League for the 2021 season. 

Thursday 12 November: Selective Teams Trials Information Session

Tuesday 1 December 2020: Premier League Trial #1 for Women's and Men's teams.

Tuesday 8 December 2020: Premier League Trial #2 for Women's and Men's teams.

February 2021: Trials for community teams for the 2021 season whom train once a week. Further details to be provided in January 2021.

Selective Team Trials

Trials commenced (8 November) for Skills Acquisition Phase (SAP), Development Squad, Super League + Diamond League. These will be held at Charles Bean Sports Field, Lindfield.

This is for development teams for boys + girls from U8 to U18 age groups and is for players wanting to take their football more seriously and play more football.

NOTE: An information session is being hosted via Zoom, tonight - 12 November - at 7:30 PM. To attend this session, please use this link:

The second and final trial sessions is on either Tuesday 17 November OR Wednesday 18 November. Please refer to the registration link for times by Age Group.

If you’re eager to have your child try-out for the 2021 development teams, you can register via the button below. 

For any questions about these sessions, please contact our Technical Director via

Men's Premier League Trials

Two Men's Premier League trial sessions have been scheduled and will be held at Charles Bean Sports Field, Lindfield.

Tuesday's 1 and 8 December 2020: 6:45 PM to 8:15 PM

We are delighted to announce that Greg Fuchs is returning as Head Coach and will be assisted by Assistant Coaches Jono Tatt and Nick Hugh.

New players can register their interest by emailing Greg We encourage all All-Age players and players moving out of U18s teams this year, to consider registering for these trials.

Note: Returning players do not need to register.

Women's Premier League Trials

Two Women's Premier League trial sessions have been scheduled and will be held at Charles Bean Sports Field, Lindfield.

Tuesday's 1 and 8 December 2020: 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM
For any interested new players, as well as returning players, please register your interest via the below link.

We encourage all All-Age players and players moving out of U18s teams this year, to consider registering for these trials.

Changes - U12 Mixed Competition

The 2021 winter season will see the Mixed Under 12 competitions move to a modified 9 vs 9 format, in line with the existing format used for our Girls Under 12 competitions. Please refer the full announcement on the NSFA website.
Profile: Aron Chapman - WPFC Technical Director

How do you outline your role as the club's Technical Director?
My role is to provide leadership and direction to all involved in boys and girls football across the Discovery Phase, Skill Acquisition Phase, Game Training Phase, and Performance Phase. The aim is to improve all players and coaches through coach education, coach mentoring and the delivery of regular coaching courses throughout the year.

What attracted you to this role?
This is a very attractive role for me as I have been striving to work full-time in football since I started out my coaching career in 2011. I am really excited to see how much I develop in this role both on and off the field, and I hope that with hard work I can positively impact West Pymble Football Club over the coming years.
How did your journey to this role occur and what skills, experience and education have you obtained so far?
My coaching journey started in 2011 when I flew out to America to work for Challenger Sports in Texas & Louisiana. I ended up prolonging my stay there, to coach a Middle School girls’ team in Minnesota. In 2012, I worked a summer in Canada, and in 2013 I was fortunate to be offered a scholarship to play football and study in the United States.

During this time, I started working for Coerver Coaching in Minnesota whilst also working for some local club teams in the area. In 2014, I transferred to Oklahoma City where I also ran a high school boys’ program for two years.

I graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Performance. Upon graduating, I was offered the opportunity to go back to Minnesota for a year to continue my coaching pathway with Coerver Coaching.

I also worked with two Academy teams during this time as well as coaching a high school boys’ team. My qualifications include an FA Level-2 and FA Youth Module 1 (English Qualifications) and - since arriving in Australia - I have begun my FFA coaching courses where I recently completed my C-license. I am hoping to complete my B-license in 2021.
When did you start playing football and what do you like about the game?
I have played football since I was three years old and have always had a huge passion for the game. It’s safe to say I would be lost without it.
Your roles in your time at WPFC have included...
Last season I was given the opportunity to work as Assistant Technical Director. My main responsibility in this role was to help mentor volunteer coaches within the club to help improve training sessions. I also coached five teams last season: U9 SAP, U10 Sap, U16 Girls, U18 Boys, Men’s Premier League Reserves.
Do you have a favourite Football Team? 
I have supported Aston Villa all my life. When I was a kid, my bedroom was Claret & Blue from top to bottom.
How about a favourite football player? 
My favourite player growing up, was Thierry Henry. Absolute legend!
When you're not playing or coaching football, you like to....
I like to be outdoors as much as possible. Before arriving in Sydney, I spent a year travelling around the world which was an amazing experience. I started my journey in Eastern Europe before heading to South East Asia and finishing off in New Zealand. 
Since the Ku-Ring-Gai Council's unanimous approval for the build of a synthetic pitch at NG Oval, progress has included the initial steps of a high-level project schedule creation, and preparation for commencing the tender phase to source a ground builder. 

Construction is targetted to commence in early August 2021, which enables us to use the ground for the majority of the 2021 season.

Pitch readiness is targetted for the beginning of April 2022, which will be just in time for the start of the 2022 season.

Ongoing updates on this project, will be provided in future newsletters.
Please click on the below image for a larger view of they key outcomes of the recent club survey.

Volunteer Call

We are seeking some people who would be keen to volunteer their time to assist with some key club roles, for the 2021 season. This club would not function without the incredible service and support provided by all the people who volunteer their time.
  • Miniroos Coordinator (U6-U11)
  • SAP Coordinator
  • Grounds Coordinator (Physical)
  • Grounds Coordinator (Administration)
  • Training Grounds Coordinator
For information on what each role entails, or If you are interested in performing any of these roles, please send an email, at your earliest to both and

Club Trivia

From the club's very small (by numbers) beginning in 1957, by 1964 the club had over 400 players and it became obvious that a permanent ‘home’ ground needed to be established.

Much like the journey to convert the current oval from grass to synthetic, the journey to have Norman Griffith's oval, was long and with a few variations, prior to the council approving the project.  
  • In 1964, the the club proposed to support the West Pymble Rugby Union Club in the construction of a clubhouse above the new changing and toilet block at Lofberg Oval.
  • In early 1966, the club recommended the establishment of a fund to commence building these additional amenities.
  • In September 1966, the council sought to build a large sports area off Lofberg Road and proceeded provisioning of a large underground pipeline to cover drainage, in preparation for filling and levelling the location.
  • In October 1967, the club's Secretary was instructed to write to Council, requesting that the oval being constructed be called ‘West Pymble Oval’ or ‘West Pymble Soccer Field’.
  • In 1968, Council Officers indicated that this new ground would be dedicated for the exclusive use of soccer. The ground was completed in 1969.
  • Subsequent to the establishment of the oval, Council decided to name it the ‘Norman Griffiths Oval’, in honour of his incredible 50-years of service, in various roles, to the Ku-Ring-Gai Council.

Blast From The Past


The man behind the name of our home ground. 

PHOTO 2811
Catalogue information:
Title: Norman Griffiths [1950 ?]
Creator: Kane, Clive

Shows a portrait of Mr Norman Griffiths, Town Clerk, Ku-ring-gai Municipal Council.
Reproduction rights available.

Notes on Norman Lawrence Griffiths: Norman Lawrence Griffiths, (1903-2006) was Town Clerk of Ku-ring-gai Municipal Council from 18 November 1947 until 21 September 1969.
His period as Town Clerk followed his employment at Council from the time he left school in October 1919.

Source: Ku-ring-gai Library Local Studies Collection
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