New Lambton Football Club is currently accepting Expressions of Interest to join the largest and most diverse football family in Northern NSW for the 2023 NNSW Football Junior Development League (JDL) season.

We are proud that our club continues to employ high-quality coaching staff to ensure the football club provides a strong player-centric development program for both our Men’s and Women’s Premier programs.

At New Lambton FC, we take a long term view in player development and support both young boys and girls as they learn play and love the beautiful game. This is evident in the teams and competitions that we provide opportunities in, including pathways at a Youth and Senior Premier level where we continue to produce strong results.

We value commitment (from players and parents), respect (for the game and all those involved) and fun!

THE 10 KEY THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

Here are 10 key things you should know and understand if you want to be a Golden Eagle in 2023!

  1. WHAT IS IT? The Junior Development League was established by NNSW Football to provide potentially talented players with the best possible learning environment through a specific skill acquisition program. JDL is non-competitive (hence results are not recorded or published) and focuses on individual skill development.

  2. TIME COMMITMENT: At New Lambton FC we expect to commence our twice weekly training at the start of Term 1 2023 and expect the official weekly game fixtures to conclude at the end of August (so around 30 weeks). Optional summer training and/or trial matches may be offered before Christmas. If you can’t commit to high attendance for the full 30 week season of training and playing, this is not the program for you.

  3. OFFICIAL GAMES: The official season games generally start at the end of March and there are around 20 rounds with short breaks from training and games during school holidays. Fixtures will vary from Friday night to Sunday afternoon across Newcastle and the broader Hunter region.

  4. TECHNICAL FOCUS: As part of the Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) JDL program, we focus on individual skills development (striking the ball, 1 v 1, running with the ball and first touch). We exceed NNSWF guidelines for JDL and implement a comprehensive Player Development Plan, including player assessments at pre-determined intervals throughout the season. More about the broader NNSWF JDL program can be viewed here: https://northernnswfootball.com.au/high-performance/jdl/

  5. COST: the JDL fees include coaching, ground hire, game participation, NNSWF registration and insurance, and key training and playing uniform items. For the 2022 season the New Lambton FC JDL fees were $1050 and we expect the 2023 fees to be around $100-$200 more (subject to final NNSWF decision on 2023 fees). A $300 deposit is required upon offer acceptance and is non-refundable once playing uniform, training and off field apparel orders are due. This allows us to commit to the up-front costs of running the program including uniform purchase and equipment ordering. The remainder of the payment will be due in late January.

  6. TEAMS: We offer girls teams (U10-U12) and mixed teams (U9-U12). For mixed teams, there are generally two teams per age group and teams are graded based on skill level assessment by our Technical Director and coaches.

  7. THE WEATHER: Football is an outdoor sport! This means training and playing in all sorts of conditions including rain, as long as it is safe. However, when fields are too wet and would suffer damage, expect training and games to be called off by the Council and/or clubs involved.

  8. VOLUNTEERS MAKE JDL HAPPEN: We are nothing without our volunteers. From our coaches, managers, administrators and game day helpers, we can’t it without them and respecting their investment of time is key to this program. We require all parents to volunteer at some point during the season, including to help run our home games and assist in fund raising. Don’t worry – we only expect that you help in areas you are able to but there are many things every parent can help with even if you don’t have the skills to coach or be a referee!

  9. FAMILY COMMITMENT: JDL is a significant commitment, both in terms of time and money. To get the best from it, players and parents must be committed to the program, especially to training sessions where the core of the program is delivered. For example, it is expected that parents use our app for staying across communications, payments are made on time, parents RSVP their players for training and games and are on time, players wear the right uniform and parents raise issues with the appropriate club officials.NLFC is here to support football development, fun and social connection, but ultimately it is up to you to make it a great year.

  10. CODES OF CONDUCT: Agreement with the NNSW Football and New Lambton FC Code of Conduct and signing of our Player and Parents Pledges (contained in the 2023 Handbooks which will be given if you are made an offer) are required to accept a 2023 offer.

HOW TO EXPRESS INTEREST IN TRIALLING FOR A 2023 JDL POSITION AT NEW LAMBTON FC

If you’re interested in joining or returning to one of New Lambton FC’s 2023 JDL teams, please fill in the EOI form, we encourage you to provide as much detail as possible.

For any questions not answered above, please email our Technical Director, Clayton Zane via our JDL Coordinator – jdl@newlambtonfc.com.au

It is worth adding the above email address to your contacts to ensure any updates go straight to your inbox. Also keep an eye on the New Lambton FC Facebook page for updates on our JDL program.

NEW PLAYERS – For those NOT CURRENTLY part of JDL at New Lambton FC: https://forms.gle/ALCXzeVjXD4DMZPR6

RETURNING JDL EAGLES – For our CURRENT JDL Eagles, please follow the link to confirm interest in continuing your development: https://forms.gle/ZAMzpafVGRqUvcHr7

For those who are currently in U12 JDL, please see future news items on the website (or Team App for current New Lambton FC JDL players) for information on our U13 programs.