Avalon Soccer Club is an amateur club situated at the northern end of Sydney’s Northern Beaches. As a club we pride ourselves on our friendly, family club environment. The club is comprised of over a thousand players aged from 5 to 70, who enjoy playing the beautiful game at a variety of levels and is entirely run by a group of highly dedicated volunteers. In 2012 we celebrated the 30th anniversary of the amalgamation of the Avalon Junior and Senior Clubs.
Avalon Soccer Club strive to provide the best possible playing and coaching environment that we can with the resources to our disposal. We are fortunate to boast two experienced and professional coaches as our Coaching Directors who put a great emphasis on player development and coach education at all skill levels in our club.
Our home ground is situated at Careel Bay in North Avalon. The site of a former rubbish tip was converted to provide us with two full size fields and a large dedicated mini-field area to cater for the variety of small sided versions of the game played by our younger players. We are also lucky to have our own clubhouse with a great canteen that serves the “best coffee to be found at a football ground anywhere”!!!
We are one of 17 clubs playing in games and competitions organised by the Manly Warringah Football Association. In 2017 our club comprises of the following teams:
Our dedication to player development has led to some great success in recent seasons and we look to build on this for the future. Some of our recent achievements include:
■ MWFA Women’s Premier League Grand Final Winners & FA Cup Winners 2017
■ MAL-1 Semi-Finalists 2017
■ W16-1 FNSW Champion Of Champions Semi-Finalists 2017
■ MWFA W12-1, W15-1 and W16-1 (pictured) League and Grand Final Winners 2017
■ MWFA Women’s Premier League FA Cup Winners 2016
■ W14-1 FNSW Champion of Champions Finalist 2016
■ W18-1 FNSW Champion of Champions Finalist 2015
■ W16-1 FNSW Champion of Champions Winners 2013 & 2014
■ MWFA Presidents Cup for Best Junior Club 2013
■ FFA Junior Team of the Year 2012 (W16-1)
■ Six successful tours to Vanuatu in successive years (2012-2017) by Avalon SC W16 teams, promoting cultural exchange and women’s football development in the region.
Planning and fund raising for our 2018 tour of Vanuatu is already well advance and we are looking forward to another successful tour. The annual tour is endorsed by the MWFA, Football NSW, FFA and the Vanuatu Football Association. The aim of the tour is to introduce our girls to a different culture while building relationships with island neighbours and growing women’s football in the region.
We also hope to again send teams to the 2018 Kanga Cup in Canberra. This is a great opportunity for our players to take part in a world class event.
As part of our effort to continually improve the facilities at Careel Bay, new lighting was installed on the mini fields early last year which has greatly increased the area available for training after dark and future night matches. New drainage for the mini fields has been completed recently to enable more junior games to be played in the event of rain, all boundary fencing has been renewed including new car park fencing around field 1, with plans to complete the other fields in 2018.
Due to the growing number of players at the Avalon Soccer Club, running the club efficiently is a big job that demands a lot of hard work. The club is very lucky to have a great committee and volunteers at Careel Bay, who really make everyone welcome and ensure the atmosphere is one of a friendly community club.
We look forward to welcoming everyone to Careel Bay the Home of the Mighty Reds in 2018.
John Kowtan (JK)