Dear Wildcat Members, Players & Supporters,
We are excited to advise the new Gore Hill Oval (GHO) is due to open on 1 February 2019. The Willoughby Wildcats will have primary access to a first-class facility dedicated to AFL but this will come at some cost. The amount the Club will spend on hiring grounds for training and matches in 2019 will be significantly higher than it was in Season 2018 (when we were based at ELS Hall) and in Season 2017. Ground hire costs are one of the clubs’ biggest expenses and will be substantially increasing in 2019. This extra cost is due to us hiring GHO for more hours next year and because Willoughby Council is increasing its hourly rates by between 27% and 41% compared to the rates in 2017.
With this in mind we have set the registration fees for 2019 at:
Juniors & Youth: $270
We continue to work hard to keep registration rates low and competitive with other clubs and sports on the North Shore. We are supported by a select group of great sponsors and expect to be able to increase sponsorship of the Club by businesses who would like to increase their exposure to and engagement with the hundreds of families that make up the Wildcats community. If you know of any businesses that would be interested in opportunities to support our Club please touch base with our Director of Sponsorship Krissie Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org
The fees represent good value in that not only will players have access to brand new state-of-the-art facilities at GHO but that access will no longer be curtailed by poor weather and damage to the playing surface. Wildcats will get much more bang for their buck in 2019.
Season 2019 Registrations are now open. If you register before 31 December you can apply any unused 2018 $100 NSW government active-kids voucher to the registration. Please register after 31 December to apply a 2019 active-kids voucher (see https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/active-kids). Please note you will not be disadvantaged by waiting until early 2019 when the 2019 vouchers will again be available.