By Jordyn Grubisic
Mitchell Rangers Soccer Club is back in full swing preparing for the 2024 season.
Recently winning the Access and Inclusivity award for their All-Abilities program, the club remains committed to ensuring all players with a disability have access to football in a safe, welcoming, and supportive environment.
The women’s side has seen an influx of numbers after last year’s impressive Matilda’s World Cup run and is expected to grow even bigger, fostering more options for women in sport with places available for interested players.
Mitchell Rangers Soccer Club secretary Duncan Freemantle said the club was continuing to promote inclusivity.
“We’ve had an absolutely massive increase with women and accessible participation,” Freemantle said.
“We’re seeing great participation numbers with the All-Abilities team.”
Senior teams are also looking to bolster their squads before the 2024 season officially started with their competitive games forthcoming.
Playing friendly practice games with a strong committee behind them, the men’s sides have seen an increase in number prompting the return of the social and casual third’s teams – a fantastic opportunity for older players as well as anyone interested in social soccer.
After coming runners up last year, the clubs under 18s are a great chance to become premiers in 2024 and invite anyone interested to join, and junior training has resumed with everyone invited to come try soccer.
Several junior teams ranging from the ages of 12 to 16 have begun training, boasting impressive numbers and all boys and girls in these age groups are invited to come and join, regardless of experience.
Multiple teams for those aged from five to 11 are also available with interested parents invited to enquire with the club or keep an eye on the Facebook page Mitchell Rangers Soccer Club.
Alongside expanding numbers, the club has seen increased sponsorship with many partnerships soon to be announced.
“We had a major round of sponsorship this year and a few new major sponsors just at the start of this year,” Freemantle said.
“That’s something we offer all year round. We’ve got a lot of opportunities with the new website that’s been built so we can advertise a lot of businesses online and we’ve got new signage opportunities around the pitch.
Registration fees vary with the club again having the lowest fees in the league and Little Rangers – ages five to seven – are free to register.
The club is also always interested in onboarding volunteers and coaches – even interested parents only need to enquire and the club can steer everyone in the right direction.