Anticipation builds for special dinner

Anticipation is building ahead of the Limestone Coast Football Association’s State of the Game dinner which appears to be one of the biggest moments of the history of the sport in this region.

On the first Saturday of next month, people from inside and outside of the local soccer world will gravitate to The Commodore for the dinner where the future of the sport will be announced.

Earlier this year the LCFA started researching its Strategic Plan and the findings will be released at the dinner which includes a three-course meal.

In addition to the big announcements the CEO of Football SA, Michael Carter will be in town as a guest speaker, while Limestone Coast Sporting Academy Coordinator Tony Elletson will also be present to entertain.

LCFA CEO Chris Fleetwood said there would many big names from all corners of the region at the event with ticket sales already strong.

“It should be a great night,” he said.

“We have probably got around 40 invited including members of parliament, mayors and people from all three of the City, Grant and Naracoorte Councils, who have been directly involved in some of the things we have been trying to do.

“There will also be people from businesses invited and all of the sponsors, plus all the club presidents and senior coaches.

“There will also be members of the public who have been involved with the game for a long time and others who have not.

“It will be a place where we can get to know everyone in an informal place where can have a discussion.

“The sport needs to be open and transparent, so I want to engage with as many people from the community as possible which is the way forward to grow our sport.”

The highlight of the night will be the unveiling of the LCFA’s Strategic Plan which makes the sport’s path across the next three years clear and lays the foundations beyond that.

Fleetwood said after the plan is showcased guests will be given the chance to have their say and interact with himself and Carter.

“We will showcase the plan which is an imperative document in terms of where we want to go and there might be some other big announcements,” he said.

“Then people can have a Q and A session with myself and Michael for about 20 minutes and ask about the game or anything that needs clarification. I am sure it will be an entertaining evening.”

Tickets can be purchased on the LCFA website via Eventbrite and RSVP’s are required by Monday, August 1.

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