WIDESPREAD BENEFIT: Ipswich City Football Club juniors will benefit from a $10,000 donation under Holden’s Home Ground Advantage program. Ipswich Llewellyn Motors officials presented the timely financial assistance at Sutton Park on Saturday.
WIDESPREAD BENEFIT: Ipswich City Football Club juniors will benefit from a $10,000 donation under Holden’s Home Ground Advantage program. Ipswich Llewellyn Motors officials presented the timely financial assistance at Sutton Park on Saturday. David Nielsen

Bulls celebrating $10,000 boost

RECEIVING a $10,000 donation at this time of the year is the ideal Christmas gift for the Ipswich City Bulls.

Club president Peter Williams said Holden's assistance couldn't have come at a better time.

"It is massive,'' Williams said.

"A great Christmas present that's for sure.''

The financial boost was presented at Sutton Park at a BBQ on Saturday morning.

The grant was made available through Holden's Home Ground Advantage program, designed to assist sporting clubs and encourage junior participation.

Williams said Holden's help would allow the club to purchase new shirts and equipment for the Bulls junior boys and girls teams from under 6 to under 15.

"The jerseys we have here are three years old now,'' he said.

"We're trying to rebuild but we're doing it slowly.

"We can't thank Holden enough really for what they've done.''

He said such an injection can help the club get to where it wants to be preparing for a new season.

With the juniors kicking off in March, Bulls club officials have time to organise the new gear.

Williams has been club president for three years, having fulfilled a similar role in the UK.

"I just asked if they needed any assistance anywhere,'' he said. "I started coaching the girls team and then they asked me to stand as president.''

He's enjoyed the closeknit environment seen around the Ipswich City club, something that hopefully will be enhanced with new jerseys for the players to wear with pride.

The welcome grant from Holden comes as the Bulls look to inject fresh talent into their senior sides for next season.

Regular first grader Norbert Duga has been appointed as coach of the men's Capital League 2 side, replacing Ipswich-bred mentor Nev O'Sullivan.

"He (Duga) is taking on that role,'' Williams said.

"He's going to mainly focus on his coaching.''

Williams said the club was working on a new strategic plan, with growth one of the main goals.

"It's attracting new talent, hopefully a top four finish,'' he said.

"The year after, we'd like to definitely look at promotion.''

Williams thanked O'Sullivan for his club service.

"He's been really good,'' Williams said.

"It was a hard conversation being a mate of mine. But he understands that we feel we need a bit more injection.''

The senior men have started training "trying to be a little bit more professional and get fitter quicker''.

Williams said the Bulls senior men's reserve grade coaching position was still open.

While the senior women's teams are taking shape, he welcomed any coaching interest as the club looks to add another senior female team for the 2016 competition.

The club is planning trials in late February.

"We had a big squad last year,'' he said. "We really want to push to get a second team in there.''



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