West Coburg Football Club

Mouthguards

The club is offering players the opportunity to order a fitted mouthguard prior to the start of the footy season.
The Mouthguard Man will be available on Tuesday, March 3 from 4pm-6pm at Morris Reserve, Parkstone Avenue, Pascoe Vale South.
The cost is $50 for single colour or $60 dual colour.  Deposit required upon order. Cash or cheque only on the day.
Mouthguards ordered will be ready for collection prior to the first practice match.
Remember: No mouthguard No play

Junior information for 2015

2015 Registration Day
This season’s Registration Day is being held on Sunday February 15th at Shore Reserve from 10am – 1pm.  Although mainly for new players, returning players are also welcome to come down to pay fees in person, visit the Apparel shop to speak with coaches / club officials about any questions / issues.

Online Registration
Online registration via SportingPulse is opening January 20th.  ALL PLAYERS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER AND UPDATE THEIR DETAILS ONLINE, even if you come down to Registration Day.  Like last season, SportingPulse will also be accepting payment for fees online by credit card.
You will receive an email from SportingPulse over the next few days with web-site details, instructions and your unique username and password – DO NOT DELETE OR LOSE THIS.

Fees
Regrettably the Club committee has needed to increase 2015 player fees in-line with increasing fixed costs of putting teams on the field, increased premiums coming from AFL mandated improvements in player insurance, and the simple fact that previous fee structures haven’t covered our the Club’s true costs.

2015 fees are $320 for the 1st child, $290 for the 2nd and $200 for the third.  These include a $20 per player insurance levy.  Subsequent children can play for the charge of the insurance levy only.  Family discounts now extend to families with senior players, with the oldest player being classed as the 1st child.
U8 players fit outside this at $100 per player.  ALL FEE PAYMENTS ARE DUE BY MARCH 29.

The Club is also introducing a "No Pay – No Jumper – No Play" policy this year.  Fees will need be paid before your child will be presented with their jumper for the season.  If you are having financial difficulties or feel this policy will disadvantage your child, you will need to contact Club Treasurer James Baker, or Vice-President & Junior Co-ordinator Glen Weaver before Jumper Presentations on March 29.

Pre-Regsitration Deposits
If you paid a $50 pre-registration deposit last year and want to pay the balance of your fees online with SportingPulse, you will find that you can only pay the full amount.  This is SportingPulse restriction can be worked around in two ways:
• Pay the full amount.  The Club will notice your account in credit and will refund you your deposit.
• Register online but provide the payment manually (cash or cheque) at Registration Day or at training.
Wait-list & Team Allocation
As communicated at the end of last season, the Club is also placing firm limits on the number of players per team this year.  Once we receive enough registrations for one team, subsequent players will be wait listed until we have enough to field another.  Registrations will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis.  Please do not assume that because you played last year that your child will automatically be offered a place on a team.  Those who pre-registered in 2014 have already secured their position in this process.

Fees must be received (including balance for those who pre-registered) by the March 29 due date or your place in a team may be offered to those on the wait-lists.

Pre-Season Training
Monday February 2 marks the start of Pre-Season training for this season.  This will be held at Brearley Reserve every Monday night until regular training commences.  U10 & U12 will be from 5pm – 6pm and U14 & U16 from 6:15pm – 7:15pm.  The focus will be on fitness and skills refresh / development, and is highly recommended for all players.  Football boots are not to be worn.

Regular Training
Regular training will commence at Brearley Reserver the week starting Monday March 16 and take us through to season close:
• U10 – Wednesdays and Fridays, 5pm – 6pm
• U12 – Wednesdays and Fridays, 6:15pm – 7:15pm
• U14 – Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5pm – 6pm
• U16 – Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:15pm – 7:15pm

Practice Matches
The Club will be looking to organise three practice matches, to be held on Sunday March 15, 22 and 29.  The details of these will be announced at a later date.  It’s important that your child attends and plays in these matches as the Club will be using the them to confirm grading and team selection.

Jumpers will be presented to financial players before start of the March 29 practice match.

Season Launch
The Club will have its Season Launch for Junior and Senior seasons on March 29 as part of our final practice matches.  Keep the date free and look out for details over the pre-season – it’ll mark the start of the Club’s campaign in the elevated Premier Division, so we’re hoping to make this a bit special.

EDFL Season
Round 1 of the Junior EDFL season is fixtured for Sunday April 12.  Like last season, the first 4 rounds will be used for grading this year.  Details of the Round 1-4 fixture will be released by the EDFL once Club team registrations close in March.  Details of the Round 5-14 fixture will be released after Round 4.

Expressions of Interest Sought – Commercial Partnerships


A football Club like West Coburg takes a fair bit of money to run; especially at senior levels like Premier Division.  While we look to player registrations to cover some of the cost of putting teams on the ground, and fundraising to cover the gaps, we also depend a lot on commercial partnerships.

As we lead up to the start of the 2015 season, and ahead of inviting the community at large, we’re putting a first-chance call out to the immediate Club community for any businesses or traders that may be interested in developing a commercial partnership with the Club.

The West Coburg Football Club encompasses in excess of 200 families of the inner Moreland municipality, with members and supporters reflecting a vast range of cultural backgrounds, ages and socio-economic profiles.  Commonly we’re all residents of the Moreland area, have homes that have to be maintained, people that need to be fed and clothed, and cars to be kept on the road and appetites for entertainment and personal interests.  Apart from community goodwill, a commercial partnership with the WCFC allows a business to address not just the player, member, family and support-base of West Coburg, but also present themselves to the players and supporters of other teams we play in Junior and Senior competitions involved in the Essendon District Football League; both when home and away.

Commercial partnership can take many forms.  They can be as simple as brand placement, as targeted as becoming a preferred supplier, or as progressive as a loyalty program to members that shares some its earnings with the Club.  Simply – we are open to ideas from businesses interested in working closely with the Club and its members.

If you think a business that you own, run or work for, or that of a friend or family could benefit from a commercial partnership with West Coburg Football Club, please contact Karen Doherty via email (donegaldoherty@gmail.com) or phone (0438 243 982).
 

Interested in Playing U18.5 in 2015?

The Club is keen to pursue the potential of fielding a second West Coburg U18.5 team in 2015, and would like start putting plans in motion, including coaching appointments, if the numbers add up.

At this stage we are collecting expressions of interest from players interested in playing in a West Coburg U18.5 team in 2015 (must be born after 1 July 1996)

The commitment, irrespective of U18.5 side, will be for 2 nights of training plus match-day.  Players selected from the squad for the first-team will play Saturday morning games; the second-team will be fixtured for Friday night or Sunday morning matches.

If you’re interested in playing U18.5 again, or are a top-of-age U16 player in 2014 looking to continue playing football, we'd appreciate it if you could drop an email to communications@wcfc.com.au with your name and some indication of your interest level below.

1. Absolutely committed.  A firm yes.
2. Very interested.  A likely yes.
3. Somewhat interested.  A maybe.
4. Partially interested.  A likely no.
4. Not interested at all.  A firm no.

We are not looking for commitments at this stage – just indications of interest to help us plan and gauge how close we are to a second side.

Are You In For Season 2015?

Juniors Pre-Registration for Season 2015 is restricted to returning players until December 31st, and will be opened up to new players / returnees and other club transfers from January 1st, 2015.

If your son / daughter would like to play football with West Coburg again next season and you haven’t pre-registered, you run an increased risk of being placed on a waitlist with a partially-filled team.  The Club introduced a firm cap on team numbers during 2014 and places in our 2015 teams will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

If you haven’t pre-registered but would like to do, contact the Club registrar at registrar@wcfc.com.au and request a 2015 Pre-Registration Form.  Mail the form along with a $50 registration deposit to the Club before December 31st to lock in your place on our 2015 player lists.