Each week we’ll feature one of our awesome club sponsors on this page, find out more about them and why they support Avalon.
Lejen Marine is a family-owned and run business selling inflatable boats, RIBs and other inflatable watercraft and accessories from its Mona Vale premises on the Northern Beaches.
Having participated in the sport of sailing from a very young age and having already worked in the marine industry for over 15 years, Heidi Lambeth took time off to start a family. Lejen Marine was founded in 2013 as a return to business for its director Heidi. Along with her husband Justin and their two eldest sons LEnnox and JENsen, (Connor, their third son arrived four years later), they set out to build their new business and throw their support towards sailing clubs and youth in sailing.
As their children approached the age of 5, both boys joined Avalon Soccer Club and within a year Lejen Marine’s business hours changed to reflect the soccer timetable. Six years later, nothing has changed. Soccer Saturday remains the highlight of their week and its clear to say that soccer is very much a new family passion.
“While we have always been made to feel like a part of the Avalon Soccer Club community, and thoroughly enjoyed both the sport and the comradery of the family units within the teams, we learned the hard way just how vital a role Avalon Soccer Club plays in the local community.” Said Heidi.
“In 2019 our eldest son was diagnosed with cancer and it was Avalon Soccer Club and its families who were one of the first to step forward and offer us support. From the constant displays of kindness and compassion by the Club and its members, through to my son’s team who called each Saturday during treatment to discuss the game and its results, I can’t thank the community of Avalon Soccer Club enough for creating this safe and inclusive environment”.
“Yes Avalon Soccer Club promotes participation in sport, but it does so much more than that. The care we received as a family largely contributed to our mental well-being during trying times, and for that we will be forever grateful. No longer did we view the club as just a sporting community, but rather a home and a family that we belong to. We feel so privileged to have both boys back on the soccer field again and to be able to support this valuable community hub by sponsoring a team.”
MAVEN DENTAL AVALON
New to the club, and the area, Maven Dental is a boutique dental practice operating out of Avalon and Burwood. The surgery has been serving the community since 2008. The current Principal Dentist, Dr Celso was called on for his expertise many times in Avalon during this time and in 2020 established himself here to help the community on a permanent basis.
Dr Celso Cardona and Dr John Michael create beautiful smiles for their patients with treatments such as dental implants, teeth straightening including Invisalign® and porcelain veneers.
“Health and wellness is our message and we wanted to support a local club which embodies this.” said Dr John, who co-founded a soccer club back in 2013 in Cranbourne, Victoria, near where he grew up. “I’ve always had a passion for football and played competitively for 5 seasons. Having enjoyed seeing the youth of my own club grow into talented players, I’m keen on being part of the growth of players at the Avalon Soccer Club.”
The team at Maven Dental look forward to the continued success of their sponsored teams this season – the Girls U11/1’s and Mens O35’s.
Our newest club sponsor is Pool Nerds, the local expert servicing commercial and domestic pools & spas all over the Northern Beaches. Pool Nerds is owned by Dave Hancock, a long serving Avalon Soccer Club player, coach and Youth VP.
Pool Nerds’ wide range of pool & spa services include:
- Regular maintenance
- Plumbing & installations
- New equipment
- Makeovers & upgrades
- Eco, healthy & chlorine-free options
Pool Nerds has chosen to sponsor the club’s U18/A team, which is currently sitting joint top of the U18 division 2, with four wins from its first four games. This talented team is coached by Mike Read, an experienced and demanding Englishman, who’s quickly got the team to gel, by playing an exciting brand of ‘pass and move’ football.
After Saturday’s 3-1 away win against Curl Curl, Mike said, “I want the boys to wear the Avalon colours with pride. It’s often said in life …’look good, be good’. Well, the boys look great in their Pool Nerds sponsored gear and we played well once we got going today.”
Dave Hancock added, “I’m proud to sponsor the U18s because they have the right attitude, both on and off the field. Pool Nerds has a well-known reputation for strong principles, professionalism and honesty and I certainly know that Coach Mike has high principles, he makes that very clear.”
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BROWN BROS. SKIP BINS
Brown Bros is a local family owned and run operation with over 30 years experience in the waste business. The company deliver from Wollongong to Newcastle with skip bin sizes from 2 cubic metres to 25 cubic metres supplying bins to residential houses, builders and commercial properties with 85% of all waste collected recycled and /or reused.
One of our longest standing relationships at the club, Brown Bros has been sponsoring Avalon since 2004. Managing Director Wayne Brown is proud to have such a long association with the club.
“I first played for Avalon back in 1968 in the U/11’s at Dunbar Park! It’s been a long association that I’m very proud of.” Brown said.
“I’m in my 10th Year as Treasurer across two spells and spent over 14 years coaching women’s football at the club.”
High profile support for the women’s football is a priority for Brown with the business backing the W12/1s and W14/1s in 2021. Every season Brown takes the newest batch of Under 12 girls to Manly United for coaching from the MUFC coaching director and members of the team.
“We sponsor women’s football here and at Manly United because the Community support us and like to give back to those who support us. We are active in the community with also supporting Avalon Public School, Barrenjoey High and the Surf Club.”
“The best thing about being part of the Avalon SC community is that it brings so many kids and families together, all to enjoy this great team game.”
KEITH ROOT BUILDING SERVICES
Keith Root Building Services are a local, family-owned & run company that has been building & renovating homes on the Northern Beaches for the last 35 years. They great pride in delivering a customer experience that not only exceeds expectations, but ultimately changes the way that their clients live.
The founder Keith grew up in a home located at Paradise Beach. When he & Chrissy married, they built the family home in Palm Beach and raised their three children Tony, Mat & Shelley there. Tony is now the Managing Director and Mat concentrates on running the job sites. Both Tony & Mat still live in Avalon with their families and Shelley is in Mona Vale.
Kayla & Cody (Tony & Linda’s 10 year-old twins) are both keen soccer players in the U11 division (Kayla in the U11 Diamonds & Cody in the U11 Wombats). Kayla is a veteran of 6 years having started out in U6s, while this is Cody’s second year. The firm are proud to be associated with ASC.
“As a volunteer-run “hub of the community”, the Avalon Soccer Club plays a critical role in bringing local families together with a focus not just on sport & recreation, but on the importance of service and volunteering within the local community.” Says Tony.
“Research tells us that communities that participate in sport & recreation develop strong social bonds, are safe places and the people who live in them are healthier and happier places. What’s not to love about that? Sponsoring a team is a small way to give back and support such an amazing club. Thank you Avalon Soccer Club!”
MCK is a multi-award winning architecture practice based in Surry Hills and Avalon. They specialise in bespoke design of high quality finish and detail that is responsive to context and client brief.
MCK has developed over the past two decades a knowledge and expertise in designing prestige buildings that has been awarded and acclaimed by the Australian Institute of Architects, the Institute of Interior Designers, and the Australian Design Council.
MCK have been supporting the club for a number of years, with the 2021 U13/2s – pipped 3-2 by St Augustine’s in their first game – the recipients of the firms support this season!
Surf Collective was born of the desire to help support and protect Australia’s grassroots surfing culture. Realising how much the industry had changed since his childhood in the 70’s – now dominated by multi-nationals and their mass-produced products – founder Mark Ranucci connected with a number of independent Aussie surf brands with the idea of giving them a greater voice by bringing them together via an online platform. Each brand in the Collective is proudly Australian owned, independent and produces quality products made with passion – products simply not found in the mainstream. And each has its own unique brand story.
Their aim is to give these brands a platform to be found online by having them all being on the one online store www.surfcollective.com.au .
They have also run programs with Year 10 Business Studies students at Barrenjoey High School where the company have helped set up 4 small businesses in their time there over the last few years.
The company came on board as a team sponsor in 2020 and are back to support the U10 Lions this season! Ranucci is delighted to be back as a team sponsor.
“As a parent of kids that love playing in teams at Avalon Soccer Club we are super pleased to be able to be a sponsor of this great local club for the second year in a row.”
Keep your eye out for the Lions in 2021 and support local business Surf Collective by heading to their online store or their pop up shop in The Sneaky Grind cafe in Avalon.