Dunbar Rovers FC is a progressive football club located in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. Established in 1991, it now has over 600 playing members playing at all levels of the Eastern Suburbs Football Associations (ESFA) junior and senior competitions. In 2015, the club entered and won promotion at its first attempt in the FNSW State League 2. In 2017, it’s Under 13 to 16 representative youth boy’s teams will play in the National Premier League 2 (NPL2) and its Under 18, 20’s and Men’s teams will play in the NPL3 State competition.
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 operation of a professionally managed organisation.
Dunbar’s first contribution into junior football came 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 are working in a number of ways to make a real and tangible difference to the 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. In 2014 Dunbar continued to grow its player registrations to 50 kids and fielded 2 teams in the ESFA competitions with its home ground being Centennial Park.
In 2015, having resecured the use of the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) in Redfern as it’s home ground and grew its junior’s hub numbers for kids turning 5, 6 and 7 to 45 kids and fielded 7 teams (70 players) aged from Under 8 to Under 12 in the local ESFA competition using Queens Park as its home ground
In 2016, Dunbar’s player numbers jumped to 175 and we continued our Saturday morning junior’s hub at the NCIE for kids aged 5,6 and 7 and we fielded 13 teams in the local ESFA completion for boys and girls aged from 8 to 14.
In 2017 we expect the numbers to grow to 250 players based upon early demand. This year we intend on moving the NCIE program for kids aged 5,6,and 7 to Queens Park to enable all of our age groups to be at the same ground on a Saturday which will make it easier logistically for the set up and coaches to manage.
Dunbar’s point of difference is that we provide qualified coaches for all of our junior teams without the additional cost charged by Academy coaches and unlike other clubs who require parents to step up by volunteering to play the role of coach. The program will be directed by Christian Soares, a Brazilian coach who holds various senior coaching certificates and dilpoma’s in physical education, sports science and functional training. Christian will lead his team of young, qualified coaches and senior Dunbar players with coaching certificates who have volunteered their time to give something back to the game, all of our coaches have 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 as we grow. The junior programs will follow the FFA curriculum which is designed to offer a fun learning environment that will also assist your child’s development and build an everlasting passion for the game of football.
If you have any questions please call the Dunbar Juniors co-ordinator – Gerry Frittmann on 0413 647 664 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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