THE Hills Council will decide next month which clubs get to take part in its 12-month schools field trial.
Kellyville Rouse Hill Magpies junior AFL club is among the clubs hankering to hear if they made the cut.
"We have access to Bruce Purser Reserve in winter; it's really to get access to green space in the pre-season," Magpies president Lee Newton said.
"I think it's a great initiative and we can only thank the school if we get an allocation to use their space."
"We've had a relationship with Rouse Hill High School for the past two seasons to run our 9s and 10s footy there when we have an overflow from Bruce Purser in winter; that works for us," Mr Newton said.
"For a junior club to be able to partner with a school is beneficial in many ways.
"Hopefully we can give some William Clarke kids exposure to AFL and increase our female participation, as well."
The council trial was to address a sporting field shortfall in most local government areas in NSW.
Cr Andrew Jefferies, for one, hopes many more schools will be become involved "to take some of the pressure of our facilities".
In a recent council report, council's senior co-ordinator community projects and engagement wrote that "as the Deed of Agreement is now finalised with the Department of Education and Training, it can now be used as a template for agreements with other government schools".
Local schools have been contacted twice so far about taking part, and William Clarke College and Crestwood High School in Baulkham Hills have signed Deeds of Agreement.
The council has also recommended Kellyville High be part of the pilot and will contribute to the cost of any ground preparation undertaken by the schools.
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