ABOUT NORTH WEST SYDNEY FOOTBALL
In 1952 Herb & Keith Gilmour recruited interested boys from the Epping Public School and West Epping Public School, standing outside these schools and distributing pamphlets to interested boys to take home to their parents. The notes invited the parents of children interested in playing soccer to attend a meeting at the home of Herb Gilmour one midweek evening. Subsequently, about 8 boys aged between nine and twelve assembled at Epping Oval for the first training session on a midweek afternoon in March 1953. Within a couple of weeks sufficient boys had shown interest to make up a team.
The team was named “Epping” and this club later developed to become the Epping Eastwood Football Club we know today.
Whilst this was only one team, the Hornsby-Epping Soccer Football Association had been born.
In 1956 the Association changed its name to Northern District Football Association to accommodate the teams joining from beyond the geographical boundaries of Hornsby to Epping. The growth was so rapid to the south that in 1959 it was necessary to again change the name to Gladesville - Hornsby Football Association.
In 2019, the member clubs agreed to a merger of GHFA with North West Sydney Women's Football Association (NWSWF) and North West Sydney Football Ltd became operational on 1 October 2019.
NWSWF (originally called Gladesville-Hornsby Women’s Soccer Association (GHWSA)) was formed in 1981. Clubs in that area had played in the Kuringai competition for the previous eight years as there was no local women’s competition. A Steering Committee was formed in 1980 to establish GHWSA. The Association’s name was changed to NWSWF in 2000 to more accurately reflect its player distribution. At that time, NWSWF had 23 teams but grew to 103 MiniRoos teams, 61 Junior teams and 68 Senior teams. The NWS Koalas compete in the NPL Women's competitions in U14s, U15s, U17s, Reserve Grade and First Grade competitions as well as SAP teams in the U10s, U11s, U12s and U13s.
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