For the first time, ECHO will have a presence at the Victorian State Youth Games (SYG). For those who are new to this, SYG began in 1990 with a desire to see young people engage with faith and have a whole lot of fun playing sport. It is an annual event run by Youth Vision Vic/Tas (the youth and young adult arm of Churches of Christ Vic/Tas), for church groups and youth organisations all over the state.

ECHO will have a stall at the SYG Village Marketplace on Saturday and Sunday evenings over the Queens birthday weekend. As a Christian sporting club, with a focus on supporting people, we are looking to partner and align with organisations with similar objectives.

This year we are short quite a few players in a number of teams, especially in the men’s competition. A key objective of this initiative is to grow awareness of ECHO in the Christian community, and attract a few more new players ensure to help ensure all our teams are fully sustainable for the rest of the season. As part of this, we are looking for new players to join us and are reaching out to the SYG community to join us.

To this end, we are offering a 2018 SYG Discount for new Men’s, Women’s, 35+ Masters, Under 12s and Under 10s players who commit to playing the rest of the season. The offer is $50 + HV membership ($65 for under 18 and $90 for over 18). Numbers will be capped depending on teams needs.

Players must be new to ECHO and either attended SYG or referred by someone who attended SYG. It will only apply to the 2018 season, and players must sign up before 30 June 2018 to receive the discounted fees.

We see SYG as having similar objectives to ECHO and looking to develop more of an ongoing presence and relationship. We look forward to creating an even stronger presence at SYG in the future and planning to enter sports teams next year – so keep an eye out for that.

If you are attending SYG this weekend, come past the stall and have a shot at the ball dragging challenge, with prizes sponsored by Just Hockey. Maybe even encourage a friend to join up and take advantage of the Discount.