ABOUT THE JUNIOR BOYS
Our aim is to make the Blackburn Football Club Juniors the preferred place for the children of Blackburn and adjoining suburbs to develop their football skills and play football in an environment that encourages the involvement of their families. Blackburn Football Club has a history of almost 100 years involvement in senior football but its participation in junior football has been more recent. This has been due to the changing demographics of the area and the shortage of volunteers, which adversely affects so many community organisations.
The resurgence of junior football at Blackburn Football Club came in the 1990’s with the parents of the children attending St Thomas the Apostle Primary School. In 1990, a group of dedicated parents lead by Gary Bartling and including Paul Dillon, Tony Dickinson, Steve Jarvis, Trevor Foster, Pat Crowe and John Cousland, wanted to provide an opportunity for their children to continue playing football in the local area. The children had initially started their footballing careers during their time at St Thomas’ and wished to continue playing after they left grade 6. The Parents approached Blackburn Football Club and were provided with jumpers and facilities in order to be able to field an under 13 team in the Knox Junior Football League. This one team progressed through the age groups in the League. An under 14 team was initiated in the eastern Football League in 1993 and an under16 team the following year. Under 12 and 10 teams followed in 1996. In 1999 it was realised that an under 9 team was required to ensure that children could start their careers at Blackburn Football Club in the same way as occurs in other strong EFL clubs. An under 11 team was commenced in 2000 and an under 13 team in 2002 as a result of the influx of younger age players.
The club now has approximately 500 children playing football in under 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15,17 and 18 teams on Sundays. The club also overseas and supports 3 Auskick Programs for approx 300 children on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
Blackburn Juniors again won “The Gordon Parker Award” for the Best Conducted Junior Club in the EFL in 2005. This follows on from the 1999 Award. In 2012 The Blackburn Juniors was awarded the Sports club of the year award for the City of Whitehorse.
The future of the Juniors looks positive provided our volunteers continue to show the passion and stamina of those before them.
2017 JUNIOR BOYS COACHES
Paul Harte 0488 104 922 email@example.com
Trevor Howard 0431 705 660 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dave Western 0428 543 308 email@example.com
Darren Wharton 0417 367 426 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mick Meehan 0408 262 301 email@example.com
Brad Ostermeyer 0438 340 846 firstname.lastname@example.org
Marty Macaulay 0418 360 667 Martin.Macaulay@parade.vic.edu.au
Scott Hardie 0409 517 811 email@example.com
Dave Gluyas 0418 318 798 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mick Montgomerie 0408 367 919 email@example.com
Ryan Pritchard 0411 528 577 firstname.lastname@example.org
Luke Paramanathan 0414 405 704 Lmcp_207@hotmail.com
Terence Peters 0406 660 429 email@example.com
Mick Edmonds 0432 686 016 firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Harman 0430 181 870 email@example.com
Mick Whelan 0407 081 100 firstname.lastname@example.org
Darren Holland 0400 922 169 email@example.com
Craig Austin 0416 027 984 firstname.lastname@example.org
“OUR AIM IS TO MAKE THE BLACKBURN FOOTBALL CLUB JUNIORS THE PREFERRED PLACE FOR THE CHILDREN OF BLACKBURN”
WE’RE A HAPPY TEAM AT BLACKBURN…
The future of the Juniors looks positive as indicated below over the past few years provided the stamina of the volunteers keeps up with the current demographics which are providing many children with a strong interest in playing football with Blackburn.