Tonight I will join the football community of the Inner West to celebrate the contribution of volunteer coaches, managers and administrators at the annual Canterbury and District Soccer Football Association Volunteer Recognition dinner.
250 volunteers will attend the event, representing more than 3000 volunteers and 16 000 players from the clubs who make up the Association.
Local sports clubs represent the largest network of volunteers in our community, who generously dedicate their time to improve the health and welfare of children and young people.
CDSFA is one of the most effective grassroots sporting associations in the country.
Children and adults from my electorate of Grayndler participate in the majority of soccer clubs that make up the CDSFA including Balmain and District Football Club, Fraser Park, Leichhardt Saints, Leichhardt Tigers, Marrickville Football Club, Stanmore Hawks, Cooks River Titans, Ashfield Pirates and the Hurlstone Park Wanderers.
I am proud to support the work of these clubs and pay tribute to the incredible hard work and dedication of the volunteers who they depend on.