When it comes to indoor soccer Leumeah resident Marty Savage is as passionate as they come.
Now the 27-year-old wants to share his love of the sport with residents in the northern suburbs of Campbelltown.
Mr Savage plans to start a five-a-side competition at Macquarie Fields Indoor Sports Centre.
Initially the competition – which will kick off on Friday, February 2 – aims to accommodate six mens teams. However, he hoped to hold mixed, womens and youth team competitions, should the mens competition prove a hit.
“I’ve been playing indoor soccer for about 15 years and I’m really passionate about it,” the former St Helens Public School and Picton High School student said.
“I’ve played at Smeaton Grange, Picton and Hill Top and I haven’t stopped playing since I was a kid.
“I also played outdoor soccer for Tahmoor Soccer Club.
“Obviously the more teams the merrier, but with the available time slot (6.30pm-8pm on Fridays) six teams would be ideal.”
Mr Savage said the Football Star Indoor Soccer competition would be different to other competitions.
At the end of each season one player would be voted the Football Star (similar to a Most Valuable Player) and there would be a big focus on crowd atmosphere.
“I want to run spectator noises through the speakers and there is a grandstand so I want to encourage people to bring supporters too,” he said.
“My love for soccer will be reflected in the competition.
“I want everyone to have a good time and to bring back that traditional atmosphere.”
Mr Savage said the space at Macquarie Fields Indoor Leisure Centre was ideal for an indoor soccer competition which could be held during rain, hail or shine.
“It’s a little bit bigger than the standard size. It’s nice and bright and even when it gets hot there are big fans (to cool players down),” he said.
For more information on the Football Star Indoor Soccer competition facebook.com/footballstarindoorsoccer.