A little bit of soccer goes a long way
Playing sport isn’t just a great way to have fun and keep fit, it’s also an excellent way to get to know your neighbours.
The idea of packing up and moving your life interstate or overseas can be a daunting task. Especially with a young family.
“Like most people who move here, I was keen to get out of the big cities and the rat race.” says Stefano Conforti, who relocated to Tasmania from London with his family.
“I was keen to have time to explore the beautiful nature here.”
But moving can have its challenges, including developing a network and connecting with a new place and its communities. So shortly after arriving, Stefano and his two sons joined their local soccer club. Soccer offered a little piece of both his old and new home.
Joining a sporting club proved a great way to meet new people, and for the family to quickly immerse themselves in their new community.
After making the move to Tasmania in 2004, Stefano only recently shifted into ‘retirement’ following a series of injuries. However, he has remained deeply involved in his club, continuing on as a coach and his sons continue to play.
“It has been a very important activity to both me and my boys. It has been a great way to get to know similar minded people.”
Tasmania has well-developed soccer leagues, with dozens of clubs across the state catering for both men and women, and youth of all ages. It’s a great way to make new friends and to get to know your neighbourhood.