Football has returned, we are past the shortest day and about to enter term 3, there's a double-header for NPL this weekend, and every one of our club's team is playing entertaining football and producing pleasing results on the pitch.
This edition of our newsletter provides details of some some important activities that your volunteer committee is doing behind the scenes to improve your club, as we strive for the highest level of professionalism on and off the field.
The energy and effort of club volunteers, coaches and committee means that we are not just surviving COVID, but we are transforming our club to provide pathways and opportunities for footballers in our City and region to play at the highest level.
Read on to learn more about:
Our process to develop a strategic plan for the club
How we a developing policies and other documentation in order to achieve the highest star rating we can in the National Club Development Program.
How your volunteer committee is re-shaping its function through clearly identified sub-committees
There's also a football update from Nathan our TD and a president's report from Paul in another bumper edition of the club newsletter.
From the club president
Its been an interesting month or so in football. The COVID lockdown paused the season, but the club reacted quickly and organised an interclub match and the Ballarat friendly for most age groups, while the Under 17’s played an NPL fixture against Albury. It meant we only missed one week of football and importantly kept the momentum going.
How good is it to be a part of Bendigo City, all our teams are playing really good football, guided by the great coaching team and backed by our amazing parents? How great was it to see the Under 14’s take their first win with a dominant display against Moreland last weekend? With the 13’s leading their competition and 15’s and 17’s both in the top 5 we couldn’t be prouder of you all.
There is lots of football ahead of including 7 games between now and the 8th August for the NPL teams starting with a double header next weekend. It is a long season and I know players want to play each week and might push themselves but please remember to look after those young bodies, if you are carrying an injury please talk with your coaches or Nathan so they are aware and adjust your load accordingly.
The Committee has commenced a strategic planning process, you would have received an email about that. This is an important piece of work for the club to ensure we continue to grow this club to offer a strong, diverse football program for aspirational young players well into the future. The club is moving forward with great enthusiasm and momentum, but we need your help to shape the club as we plan for the future. There will be more to come on this but please make sure you dive in to help us out.
A lot of you will have seen other clubs with those crazy green cameras on a pole. The VEO Camera is a great training tool for clubs to enable coaches and players www.veo.co. The intelligent software recognises the action on the field. With the position of players and the ball and creates a video that automatically zooms and pans depending on the ball's position. Once uploaded it creates a fully viewable recording of the match where coaches can analyse the match, cut highlights and share them with players.
The club has ordered our own VEO which has been made possible by the support of our terrific sponsors. Those sponsors have also enabled us to purchase other equipment for use either by the football department or for catering or cleaning requirements. We have also got some new signage so further mark our presence at our home game at Epsom.
You’ve seen them on our Facebook posts and heard me mention them each week at the ground so please where you can, support our sponsors who are helping us make this club great and tell them Bendigo City Football Club sent you.
Finally from me, remember to keep your eye on the draw and follow the club abd your team on facebook. With 13 games to go there are still some minor tweaks to happen with the draw, game times or pitch allocation, so make sure your keep across these.
Remember if you need a lift to a game, home or away, , we have lots of parents who are happy to assist so reach out to your team manager and they will coordinate something for you.
Paul Henderson Bendigo City FC President
The role of Danny Prince as club chaplain
More than ever, we understand the importance of overall health & wellbeing when it comes to the development of young athletes and the benefits of taking a holistic approach to what we do as sporting clubs. At BCFC, we have been considered and thoughtful around how we endeavour to achieve this for our players and members. There are several initiatives that we are looking to implement in this area of health and wellbeing, some of which you will start to see, however the first significant step has been to appoint a club chaplain. We are delighted to welcome Danny ‘Dreads’ Prince to the club as our official Chaplain.
Danny is an experienced social worker, currently working in youth social services, and is also in the process of completing his qualifications with Sports Chaplaincy Australia (SCA). SCA is the body responsible for accrediting, appointing & overseeing chaplains in sporting clubs across the country, from the elite level (including AFL, NRL, Cricket Australia) all the way down to grassroots sporting clubs in every state & territory.
Danny is also a brilliant goalkeeper, having played in the SA NPL and currently playing in the BASL Senior Competition for Strathdale SC. This combination of social services & football expertise positions Danny to have maximum impact in providing support and pastoral care to our players and members. Aside from this, Danny is just a fantastic guy who is great to have around the club and will be an incredibly positive role model & friend to our young players.
Quote: “Our current chaplain is all about trying to make people better in their life. I love my discussions with him. We have a monthly catch-up on all things, like what's going on with my family, my fitness and how I am getting balance in my life. He certainly helps me.”
Dean Vickerman (Coach – Melbourne United Basketball)
You might be asking, “what does a chaplain do?”
Well, a chaplain is essentially a ‘qualified’ friend within the club, someone who is far enough removed from the football process, often making it more comfortable for players to approach about ‘life issues’, but still connected enough to ensure holistic support in the football environment and where required act as a point of triage for further specialised support if needed. A chaplain is someone to talk to, someone who will listen and support. A chaplain is non-denominational and will show respect and support to people of all faiths, religions and world views without imposing their own. In times of crisis and tragedy, Chaplains, with the support of SCA, play a vital role in guiding sporting clubs through a process of counselling, debriefing, critical care and professional referrals where needed. A Chaplain is a great addition to any club committed to holistic support of their members and we feel like we have got one of the best.
Welcome to the club Danny!
From the Technical Director
It’s definitely an exciting time to be a part of Bendigo City FC. There is a great feel around the club, a strong sense of belonging to something special, clear culture starting to take shape, continual improvements to the programs we offer and to top it off, week in and week out our teams are not only highly competitive but regularly winning. To be where we are mid-season in 2020, having turned some very difficult corners in previous years, is quite remarkable and it’s important to pause and acknowledge significant steps on the pathway to success. This is our club. We have all played different, but important roles, in building it to where it is, and we should all feel proud. We should also be excited about the future with continued signs of growth, further success and new initiatives on the horizon.
In regard to the football department, the healthy, positive and evolving nature of our coaching group, specifically in the area of greater collaboration and knowledge sharing, has been brilliant to further develop our coaches but also has been highly beneficial for our players, who are getting the combined expertise of the entire coaching staff to support their development. Our coaches are total professionals who continue to give their all for the sake of our players and to build the integrity of the football programs we offer so that the club is positioned for further success. As I have said before though, great coaching must be met with hard working, attentive and willing players who apply themselves to executing the information they are provided. Our players are all of that and more. With the support of enthusiastic supportive parents and a hard working strategically focused committee, it’s no wonder we are seeing such great results.
The SAP program continues to take shape and grow under the guidance of Ben McDermid. This is a crucial program for us to develop young players from the community as early as possible, for their benefit and for the future benefit of the club. This will continue to grow over the next 6-12 months.
The 13’s under Greg Thomas & Ben McDermid are undefeated, scoring copious amounts of goals and only conceding a handful across the season so far. They have been consistently dominant; however, they haven’t had it all their own way. Recently they found themselves two goals down late in a game but managed to dig deep and find three late goals to keep their undefeated status alive. This showed that they have more going for them than meets they eye, exuding passion, resilience & persistence. We look forward to seeing this group continue to develop as they start the transition from 9v9 to full 11v11 football in the second half of this season.
The 14’s are quite a remarkable story. In my time in football, I have never seen a turn around this dramatic in a team. Credit must go to Fab & Wayne who have been meticulously professional and unwavering in their plan to develop this team. Their coaching is second to none. We must also recognise this group of players who have remained engaged when things were tough, continued to apply themselves to their coaches’ instructions and persevered in delivering a quality brand of football. We knew their recent result against Moreland City, a 5-1 win, was on its way as more and more pieces of their development puzzle fell into place week after week, we possibly didn’t foresee it being so emphatic. The second half of the season will provide more opportunities for this group to show what they are capable of and definitely win more matches. It has been exciting to be part of this teams journey.
The 15’s continue to perform at a high level week in and week out. They are a well polished, disciplined and organised outfit under the leadership of Ryan Pollard. Remarkably, they have only conceded 3 goals in the regular season, the least of any team, and are the only undefeated team in the competition. Unfortunately, the struggle to find the back of the net at times has meant they have drawn some games that they would have expected to win and are still sitting a few points off top spot. Ryan is a great coach however, and this group of players also carry a strong determined commitment to succeed. They, with the support of the wider coaching staff, will sort this out and will be in a good position to see the floodgates open to scoring goals, coming home strong in the second half of the season. They are always fantastic to watch play the game and I am certain they will be near the top, if not on it, when the season comes to a completion.
The 17’s have also demonstrated resilience, commitment and perseverance managing to secure some big results and remain in touch with the top three, despite a depleted squad through injury. Credit goes to JJ for his ability to lead these young men with calm motivation and quality strategic coaching week in and week out. The players have delivered as a group but an obvious call out is the form of Hamish Walker in front of goal who currently leads the competition golden boot and is an absolute nightmare for opposition teams. I was able to watch their recent game against Eltham with a former teammate and current coach at Melbourne Victory, it was a 3-2 win, and my friend commented to me on several occasions, as our boys created brilliant and exciting moments in front of goal as well as quality passages of play across the pitch, that the standard of football and some individual performances were some of the best he had seen this year and deserving of a top level NPL team. This team will continue to get some big results in the second half of the season.
All in all, the quality of coaching and the quality of football being delivered by our players is of a very high standard and is exciting to watch. The foundations are being laid for a big future at BCFC. Let’s enjoy being a part of it and continue to love this beautiful game. See you out on the pitch.
Nathan Claridge Technical Director
Player Development Reports
Player Development Reports provide the basis for constructive focused discussion to assist players in identifying key areas of their game that can be improved. This process facilitates structured and intentional development of the player, as opposed to just leaving things to ‘chance’.
All players should have received their reports and completed the first page, which identifies training schedules (to help manage loading and ensure adequate football sessions are being undertaken) as well as goals and objectives.
Coaches are now in the process of completing their component of the report. Once this is complete, a brief parent/player interview will be held. These will be within the existing training schedule, so as not to add extra time commitments to families. We will notify you of these interview days/times within the coming weeks.
If you haven’t returned your report, please make sure you complete it and get it back to your coach immediately.
Goalkeeper training - invitation extended to BASL keepers
The club is in the fortunate position of having an association with four high-quality goalkeepers who are committed to sharing their talents, with developing players in Bendigo.
As a good corporate citizen the Bendigo City FC has extended an invitation to goalkeepers from BASL's representative teams to join in our Friday afternoon training sessions. If you see some different faces around on Friday training sessions please welcome them to our Club.
Although the 4th Victorian COVID-19 lockdown disrupted our season in May it is pleasing that replacement games for both NPL competitions (U14-17) and Metro competitions (U13) have been scheduled.
Our team managers do a wonderful job communicating with families, but we remind families to check GameDay or the official competition websites for the latest date, time, opposition and venue matchday arrangements.
Our club is in a great position, building momentum as we move into an exciting future. There are a lot of people contributing to its success but at the core of it all is the coaching staff, boasting a wealth of experience playing & coaching at the highest levels but quietly going about their business focussing on developing our young players.
We are excited that all of our coaches have a commitment to continue at the club. The future is bright.
All the best this weekend guys! We appreciate your hard work!
Parking in disabled / emergency spaces at Epsom Huntly Recreation Reserve
It has been observed on training nights and sometimes on match days that members of the BCFC community are parking in the designated disabled, no-parking and emergency access spaces near the pavilion.
The committee has serious concerns about this practice and asks all involved to stop parking in these spaces immediately.
Using these parking spaces disadvantages people with genuine needs, and may hinder an emergency response.
The practice is unprofessional, reflects poorly on BCFC as a club and sets a bad example to other users of the facility.
We are a sporting club, it is not unreasonable to expect players, parents to walk an additional 50m to a properly parked vehicle.
We ask all parents, coaches, team managers and committee to please comply.
Strategic planning 2021
Bendigo City FC has kicked off an important participative Strategic Planning process which will guide the activities, growth and development of the Club over the next five years.
The strategic plan will assist the Club to deliver its vision which is to contribute to the growth of the Bendigo soccer community by providing an integrated, high-level player development pathway that benefits all players and football organisations in the region.
The process involves...
Research and appointment of a strategic consultant, Sports Community, to assist us. ✔️
Recruiting a small team of interested parents to assist in the process. ✔️
Our next jobs are:
To design and plan the implementation timetable in some detail.
Distribution of a community survey
Invitations to parents, players and other stakeholders to participate in one or more strategic planning workshops.
Development of a draft plan and its ultimate adoption by the BCFC Committee.
Shortly you will receive communications for how you, players and community stakeholders can get involved. Watch your inboxes for more information coming very soon.
In line with Bendigo City FC's ambition for professionalism on and off the pitch, this accreditation program is the industry standard for football clubs across Australia.
Within the framework the club is assessed under seven categories:
Administration and Governance
Meeting demand, and
We are about half-way through the submission process and aiming to submit our program responses to FFA and FV in the second half of the year,
From the committee table
To support a more streamlined decision-making process behind the scenes, your volunteer committee has formally established three sub-committees with defined roles to support the work behind the scenes at Bendigo City FC.
Major decisions will still be made by the committee, which meets monthly, but these sub-committees will undertake planning, execute actions nominated by the committee and should lead to more efficient monthly committee meetings.
Finance and budget
Communications (newsletter, website)
Policies and procedures
Safety & Risk
Compliance (ATO, CAV, FA, FFV, constitution)
Student intern supervision
Recruitment and appointment
Player recruitment and trials
Recommendations for subsidised memberships
Teams and competitions
Facilities and equipment
Fixtures and scheduling
Communication with other clubs
Practice matches and friendlies
Player performance development plans
Community relations and social
Marketing and promotion
Stakeholder relationships (incl. BASL and BASL clubs)
New banner installed
Next time you are at Epsom Huntly Recreation Reserve you will notice our new banner which sits proudly on the synthetic pitch and marks the home of the club.
We have also obtained some other banners to recognise and thank our sponsors for their support and the role they play at our club.
Tip: quick links to online fixture information
Here's a feature available on our new website, quick links to the fixture information for each team.
If you don't have access to a device with GameDay installed on it, and you want to check the latest fixture information, or the results from other teams, just go to the BCFC website, scroll to the bottom and follow the links to each team's fixture, results and ladder.
The role of parents at Bendigo City FC
What more can you do as a parent?
The involvement of parents is vital in junior sport, and at our club. There are roles for everybody, and we thank those parents who willingly came forward this month to support our strategic planning process.
In addition to our coaches and team managers, each week our teams require the involvement of marshals and assistant referees to support the efforts of players on the pitch.
Below you will find three links that will help you be a better Assistant Referee, Ground Marshal or COVID Marshall. We urge every parent to read these materials, and undertake the training, to ensure our matches run smoothly.
Free online Laws of the Game course
Football Australia provides a free online Laws of the Game training module which provides a basic introduction to the Laws of the Game and their interpretations.
The training is available to parents and players to gain a better understanding of the Laws of the Game.
It is important to note that although this course is a precursor to the Football Australia Level 4 Referee course, on its own it does not provide any official Football Australia refereeing accreditation.
The Ground Marshal plays an integral role in providing support to the clubs, players, parents, coaches, assistants and referees participating in Football of a high quality, welcoming and respectful sporting experience.
The Ground Marshal is a nominated club representative who co-ordinates the efficient completion of match day fixtures.
There are specific duties and expectations of the ground marshal. If you are appointed as ground marshal you should be aware of these responsibilities which are outlined in the Ground Marshal Handbook published by Football Victoria.
Each team has been issued with a printed copy of this document for reference, but we encourage every parent to download and read the document. This will help players, parents, officials and spectators to better understand the role and lead to safer and more enjoyable football experience for everyone.
Community sport depends on volunteers. Thank you to all those who put their names down at the pre-Christmas information season to volunteer for the roles required to run the club throughout the season.
We still have plenty of vacancies so we will need your support. Please talk to one of the committee members or your team manager about how you can help (see list below).
NPL Requirements for each team we must provide
2 x Marshals
Club assistant referees (lines person)
Video operator for all homes games (equipment supplied)
First Aid officer for each team
COVID Officer (as required)
Club additional requirements
Ground marking and setup
BBQ and/or canteen operators
Social media highlights
Is Bendigo City FC Victoria's leading football club for social media content? We think we might be!
If you're not following us on Facebook or Instagram these are some of the posts you have been missing.
Not to mention the incredibly popular player profiles, and the "how it started, how it's going" series.
Across town our 15’s were also stuck in a tense battle between the 2nd & 3rd placed teams in the competition. After producing some of their best football all season, our boys still couldn’t find that elusive goal & found themselves trailing 1-0 with just minutes to play.
Amid some hostility from the opposition, the boys continued to play a quality brand of football believing that their reward would come. With just seconds left, Jasper Williams provided that moment burying the ball in the back of the net to secure a vital 1-1 draw away from home. The final whistle blew just seconds after the restart.
This is another photo that we love; the passion, determination, elation & joy on the players faces says it all… not to mention telling the opposition crowd about how happy they were.
Well done boys. These are the moments that remind us why we love this beautiful game!
It was a weekend of close competitive matches with moments that remind us why we love this beautiful game!
Our 13’s were undefeated but faced their biggest challenge against second place Sydenham Park. Falling behind 2-0 in the second half, possibly against the flow of play, they rallied late to produce some passionate football, scoring three goals in the final ten minutes to steal a remarkable win away from home.
Final score 3-2
This is the moment Kai Thomas scored the winner, with just minutes remaining. There’s so much in this photo; shocked opposition players on the bench with hands on head, goalkeeper Will de Vries making the long run to celebrate with his team mates, the passion & joy on our players faces.
Sometimes it can be a cruel game but sometimes it can be the most thrilling joy-giving game. Enjoy moments like these boys!
Bendigo City FC club merchandise is available online! Players can add to the extensive wardrobe they already received by getting a few extra items and of course parents, friends & supporters can deck themselves out in the latest BCFC Nike Football gear.
1. Head to our apparel partner Ultra Football online BCFC store (Link is below)… 2. Navigate to ‘clubzone’ & select BENDIGO CITY FC.
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