Over a year has past since Murwillumbah Football Club experienced one of the worst things that could happen to any organisation.
The club battled two major disasters on polar opposite scales; devastating flooding that ruined majority of the clubs home base as well as a fire that ripped through it’s junior facilities.
The club went through a major consolidation phase, relying on its devoted members and support from the local footballing community to get through the tough time.
Got through they did indeed, with the club now running back to normal for the 2018 season.
The experience was one that club President Darren McKay said was challenging, especially in his first year in the job.
“It was a difficult period for the club and the challenges we faced. It was my first year as President and I don’t think you could ask for a more challenging one.”
Along with members and support from local council, the footballing community on the Gold Coast and its members threw its support towards the club, with donations and help from all areas being a major help for the club.
“With the help of the Football Gold Coast community through the GoFundMe page as well as donations from people themselves, it was easier for us to get through the tough times. It was definitely a heart warming experience and a show of support from the community,” said McKay.
The club brought the juniors back to the same base, thus allowing operational factors of the club to run smoothly and easier.
“It has probably brought our club more together overall and it is great to see everyone get behind one another. Our numbers did not fall off and we are still sitting as strong as ever,” said McKay.
With the help of the FFA, ex-Socceroo and Melbourne Victory star Archie Thompson ran a clinic at the club to throw the support behind the recovery, with kind donations from the FFA and its partners helping the club.
“It was great to have Archie down with all the kids here are the club. They all thoroughly enjoyed it and we thank the FFA and everyone involved in making it happen.”