Dunbar Rovers FC is a progressive football club located in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. Established in 1991, it now has over 800 playing members playing at all levels of the Eastern Suburbs Football Associations (ESFA) junior and senior competitions as well as its representative teams playing in the FNSW NPL and GCL competitions. In 2015, the club entered its senior Men and Under 20 teams into the State League and won promotion at its first attempt into the FNSW National Premier League 3. In 2017, it also entered Under 13 to 16 representative youth boy’s teams into the FNSW National Premier League 2 and this year it will enter U14,15 and 17 girl’s teams into the FNSW Girls Conference league (GCL) for the first time. At State League level Dunbar Rovers have changed the football landscape by providing “fee free football” for all selected players based upon a sponsorship funded model.
Since 1991, the Club has established a reputation for high standards in both it’s on and off field behaviour, success in high ranking competitions, smart appearance at matches and in the operation of a professionally managed organisation.
Dunbar’s first contribution into junior football commenced in 2008 through an official charitable initiative via a partnership with the Football Project of Indochina Starfish Foundation (ISF) www.indochinastarfish.org. Dunbar supports ISF in Cambodia, who work at making a tangible difference in the lives of impoverished children in one of the poorest regions of the world. Dunbar sponsors an Under 14 Boys and Under 14 Girls team from Komar Rikreay (KMR) in the Battambang region. KMR provides non-institutional care and community nurturing for former street and trafficked kids.
In 2012, supported by our sponsor Link Market Services, Dunbar established a fully sponsored free weekly program at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) in Redfern for local girls and boys aged from 4 to 9 as an introduction into football in addition to running free school holiday programs for kids aged 5 and 6 in July and September.
In 2013, Dunbar entered its first junior Under 9 team into the local Eastern Suburbs Football Association (ESFA) competition and ran its own training hub for 20 young kids aged 5-7 players at Centennial Park on Saturday mornings.
Between 2014 and 2016 the mini-roo and junior player numbers grew to 175 players from ages Under 6 to 13 comprising of 13 teams.
In 2017, the numbers grew to 230 players and we fielded 17 teams in the ESFA competition after moving our whole program for kids aged 5 – 14 to Queens Park to enable all of our age groups to be at the same ground on a Saturday which made it easier logistically for the set up and coaches to manage. We also commenced running development teams in older age groups (U14 and U16) to allow aspiring players to train with high quality coaches and bridge the gap to allow them to be developed for selection in a future representative NPL team, suffice to say we won both Grand finals, 5 players moved into NPL teams mid-season in 2017 and 19 from the 32 players across the 2 teams were selected for a NPL team in the 2018 pre-season trials. We also began the Dunbar Community football school which was well attended every Wednesday by over 40 players aged 8 – 12.
In 2018, the player numbers grew to 285 players and we secured a fantastic new synthetic grass training ground at Latham Park in South Coogee on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 4pm – 6pm to handle the growth in player numbers and provide a good facility for training with floodlights. We also run 6 development teams aged from Under 12 to Under 18 and started playing home matches at Moore Park West and Moore Park synthetic field.
Our development team program also successfully moved over 25 players to NPL teams for 2019 season, we pride ourselves on being a true football development club with a pathway to NPL.
Dunbar’s point of difference is that we provide qualified coaches for every junior team unlike most clubs who require parents to step up and volunteer to play the role of coach. The program will be directed by Christian Soares, our Brazilian coach who holds various senior coaching certificates and a degree in in Physical Education and diplomas in sports science and functional training. Christian will lead his team of highly qualified senior and junior coaches to deliver a quality football program for all of our teams.
Our coaches have all undertaken Working for Children checks and are required to increase their level of coaching qualifications each year so that we continually improve our standards and provide a better offering each year. The mini-roos program will follow the FFA curriculum which is designed to offer a fast paced, fun learning environment to assist your child’s development and build an everlasting passion for the game of football. The development program for our older age groups offers a semi-professional training environment 30 week winter season aimed at improving players with aspirations of playing at a higher level.
To register your child’s interest in either trialling for our Under 12 to 18 development squad teams or joining our mini-roos program for Under 6 to 12 please complete the Dunbar Rovers 2019 contact/registration form (which is attached to this email OR can also be found on our website at www.dunbarrovers.com) and email a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any question’s please email us or call the Dunbar Rovers Juniors co-ordinator – Gerry Frittmann on 0413 647 664 or Christian Soares our Technical Director on 0481 989 117 (pls call between 5pm and 7pm on weekdays or between 11am and 5pm on weekend’s)
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