Bendigo City FC's football season is well underway, despite a brief interruption due to the 3rd COVID-19 lockdown. Our U14, U15 and U17 are in the middle of their pre-NPL qualifying rounds, and our U13s have played their first tournament at the Go Football Cups in Darebin last month.
We had tremendous support at the UCS Cup which featured practice matches between Avondale FC and Preston Lions, and which finished with an outstanding and generous donation to our club from Avondale FC. Read more below.
The club is delighted to announce three further club sponsors have been signed this year, which means we now have three major sponsors, two club sponsors and two catering sponsors.
Unfortunately this newsletter also brings a reminder to parents and supporters about behaviour from the side lines when watching matches. Please read and consider the message about expected codes of behaviour.
To all our players, parents, and supporters we urge you to get behind our players and coaches and encourage them each week to do their best, follow their coaches' instructions and aim for gradual improvement as we build and develop the Bendigo City Football Club.
Fixturing changes and information
In response to the COVID-19 circuit-breaker lockdown of early February two NPL pre-qualifying matches have had to be rescheduled.
Round 2 will now be played on Saturday 27 March. Venue TBA.
Round 3 will be played on Saturday 3 April (Easter Saturday) at Epsom Huntly Recreation Reserve.
In addition, the venue for the round 10 (Sun 21 March) matches against Ballarat City has been changed to the Ballarat Regional Soccer Facility in Redan, Ballarat.
Follow the NPL pre-qualification fixtures, results and ladders at: U14U15U17 (SportsTG portal) or use the GameDay app.
Our U13 team will also be playing a practice match against Ballarat City on Sunday 21 March, and the following weekend (27-28 March) will play in the Boys FC tournament in Bendigo. We believe the U13 season will commence on Sunday 18 April.
With our teams facing some tough competition we continue to support all players and coaches in their football development journey.
A stunning and historic day for Bendigo City
Saturday 20 February was an outstanding day in the history of Bendigo City FC when the club hosted a day-long event with matches played between Bendigo City and Avondale FC, as well as Senior Mens, Womens and Reserves NPL practice matches between Avondale FC and Preston Lions FC. All supported by UCS - sponsors of Avondale FC and Bendigo City FC.
With Victoria just emerging from the COVID19 circuit breaker lockdown, and cricket and AFL matches also being played at the Reserve; the committee, teams, coaches and officials worked hard to ensure an enjoyable COVIDsafe event. The club also raised money from donations and canteen takings on the day for local charity Bendigo Foodshare.
The day commenced with clinics for younger players from across Bendigo provided by senior Avondale players.
The Junior NPL pre-qualification matches were played late-morning and early afternoon. Then came the Womens and Men's practice matches between the Avengers and Lions.
Avondale won six of the eight games played on the day and therefore won the UCS Cup, which brought with it $10,000 of prize-money donated by UCS and Winslow Constructors.
Amazingly, Avondale FC then turned around and donated their $10,000 prize back to Bendigo City! Incredible generosity from Avondale which will have a significant impact for Bendigo City in 2021 and the years to follow.
Bendigo City FC sincerely thanks Avondale FC, UCS, Winslow Constructors, Preston Lions and all the club volunteers who supported the day. This will make a massive, massive difference to our club.
From the Technical Director
The pre-qualification process continues to provide great opportunities for our squads to develop & improve. As expected we have come up against some of the best teams in each age group respectively, which has been testing, but we are very proud of the way each team has acquitted themselves.
Our U13’s commenced their campaign at an FV pre-season tournament & narrowly missed a finals berth. The U14’s have had the toughest draw so far, which has been amplified by the steep learning curve to the new NPL players in the squad. They have been developing well however & making significant progress in the way they play. We will see the evidence of this once the season proper commences. Our U15’s have been outstanding & unlucky not to have more wins on the board. The U17’s have also shown some great form & will continue to improve & get more results when the season proper commences.
There have been one or two changes in our coaching group with Zac Mills (17’s Assistant) departing the club due to limited time capacity. We thank Zac for his contribution. Maxi Shanahan is going to step into a support role with JJ Miles for the time being.
We are well & truly into the season now, after a massive effort to get everything in place. Now that we have a rhythm to our week to week activities we will start to implement some further initiatives that will assist the players & compliment what our amazing group of coaches are delivering. As always, reach out if you have any queries or wish to discuss anything with me.
PARENT BEHAVIOURS: SIDELINE COACHING
This is just a reminder that parents are asked to refrain from giving any football specific information from the sideline.
Our coaches provide clear instructions based on specific principles that fit into the teams strategy on any given day.
Things might not be apparent to you on the sideline but the team are working together to deliver the coaches instructions. Any other information can cause mixed messaging which is detrimental to the development of our players & can cause confusion.
We do however embrace & encourage parents to cheer & support our players with great enthusiasm!
Third training night, and goalkeeper training
Commencing Friday March 26 we will be introducing a third training night for players. This will be optional, depending on the training/playing load of each individual player, however it is strongly encouraged as it will primarily focus on the individual technical development for players. Most would have observed that this is an area we are generally behind in regional areas.
This training will be overseen & primarily delivered by our TD, Nathan Claridge, along with our wider coaching group at different times. Occasionally we will deliver specialised training for different phases of the game (eg. attacking, defending, midfield play etc) as well as some video analysis sessions. The focus of these nights will be communicated each week.
In addition, a specific Goal Keeper training session will also be held on this night. This will be conducted by Maxi Shanahan & Brent Monro, the club's GK coaches. There will also be times where we bring in an outside GK coach to work with our players & coaches on these nights. Goal keepers will also get specialised coaching intermittently on Tuesday and/or Thursday nights from Brent Monro.
These Friday night sessions will only be one hour in duration so as not to take up too much of your Friday nights.
Friday Night Training Epsom Huntly Recreation Reserve 4:30-5:30pm.
The U17’s are a new group with many first year NPL players, however they are developing incredibly well under coach JJ Miles-Keogh and have been more than competitive against some big opponents so far.
The weekend saw them falter a little, which is to be expected from a new group, but there are many positive signs to instil excitement & confidence about what this group is capable of in season 2021. We are looking forward to watching them over the coming weeks as we finalise the pre-qualification process & gear up for the season.
The U15’s have started the year well, developing our playing style every week, being able to become more adaptive and resolute as the boys begin to approach a more senior football environment.
Results have been good, but the most pleasing part of the year so far has been how well the new players to the squad have linked in, especially those without having NPL experience in the past.
We’re hopeful this will continue each week and our competitive nature will put us in good stead for decisive moments in games.
Ryan Pollard - Coach
Our U14’s team have been making great progress under coaches Fab Soncin & Wayne Zantuck.
They are a new group, with many players playing in the NPL for the first time, and facing some of the strongest 14’s teams in the country.
We are incredibly proud of how they continued to compete, show character & work on the tasks given by their coaches. Things will only get better from here team!
Understanding the U14, U15 and U17 Junior NPL season
The first part of the U14, U15 and U17 season comprises 11 grading "pre-qualification" games which will all be played in Bendigo.
Pre-qualification phase (NPL West Vic):
Commences: Weekend of 7 February 2021.
Conclude: Saturday 3 April 2021.
Links for fixtures, results and ladders: U14U15U17 (SportsTG portal) or use the GameDay app.
Regular Season: Based on the results of the pre-qualification phase, each team will be assigned to one of three divisions for the regular season.
Division 1 top three teams from pre-qualification
Division 2 teams 4-6 from pre-qualification
Division 3 (north-west) teams 7-12 from pre-qualification.
The regular season will be a 'home-and-away' season consisting of 22 matches.
It is possible for the U14, U15 and U17 teams to be assigned to different divisions for the regular season, based on ability and results in the pre-qualification phase.
Regular season dates
Regular season commences: Weekend of 17 April 2021.
Concludes: Weekend of 5 September 2021.
Catch-up Round: Weekend of 15 August 2021.
In 2022 the competition will reset and a similar structure is anticipated.
The U13 squad has been preparing steadily since returning to training early February with a focus on the Boys and Girls FC 2021 Competition scheduled for 27-28 March and the start of our season proper in mid-April.
In preparation for these we decided to enter Football Victoria’s GO-Cup held in Darebin over February 27th & 28th. For many of the squad (and their parents) this was the first time they were exposed to big Melbourne clubs.
The team showed very quickly over the 2 days commitment to playing the way we’ve been training, true team spirit and a competitive mentality. After 2 full days of football and 7 tough, hard-fought games, they finished with a very respectable 1 win, 3 draws and 3 (close) losses.
More importantly they came away from the 2 days believing they can compete with the big boys from the city, many lessons learnt, and, a good understanding of what to expect from the opposition this year and what is expected of them week in, week out.
As coaching staff, we couldn’t be more proud of how the entire squad conducted themselves and represented Bendigo City FC over the weekend. And with the away kits from sponsors Ultra Football arriving Friday, they looked the most professional team, all arriving in their travel gear, and having two outstanding kits to play in.
A big thank you must also go to the parents for all your help and support over the weekend. We can’t do this without you.
Greg, Ben & Trent
Skills Acquisition Program
Bendigo City FC Skills Acquisition Phase (SAP) Program
BCFC is endorsed by Football Victoria (FV) to run the SAP Program in Central Victoria as part of a greater pathway to develop young players with aspirations of taking the next step into the NPL and beyond. Players in the BCFC SAP program are positioned to progress into the BCFC NPL U13 team and commence their NPL Journey.
Players in the BCFC SAP Training Program are still able to remain registered with their BASL club and compete locally in the BASL Competition. As part of the SAP Program however, they will train 1 night per week at BCFC under professionally accredited coaches as well as taking part in State-wide Tournaments & FV SAP Gala Days where they will compete against the states best young players.
The SAP (Skill Acquisition Phase) is a key building block in the FFA National Curriculum. It is targeted to players between 9-12yrs and the focus of coaching is on developing a solid foundation of game-related technical skills. If a player does not develop this skill foundation during these ages it is very difficult to make it up later.
Age Groups: Under 11 & Under 12
Cost: $200 per term Includes – Training kit, weekly sessions with professional coaches, tournament fees & evaluation reports
Players also receive member prices on all other BCFC training apparel, available through our partners at Ultra Football.
Our SAP program has kicked off for 2021. The program is open for players to join at any time & we expect numbers to increase as younger players reengage with their local football & also as we get some consistency to the program. There have been some early scheduling adjustments due to availability of coaches, players & pitches which we envisage will settle down into a consistent rhythm in Term 2.
Unfortunately due to conflicting commitments & a limited time capacity, Fab Soncin will no longer be primarily delivering the program. The program will not be adversely affected however as Nathan Claridge (TD) will continue oversight of the coaching content with Football Victoria’s technical department and Greg Thomas, along with Ben McDermid, will take a more active role in delivering sessions. Greg & Ben’s credentials can be viewed on our social media posts. You will see that these young players are in good hands and the right environment to progress into BCFC NPL teams at the appropriate age.
The program currently runs on Tuesday nights. We would like to flag that this change will mean that the SAP program will shift to Friday nights in Term 2. This will still allow it to retain connectedness to our NPL teams as there will also be Friday night training for those ages. More information will be provided in the coming weeks.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to our TD via phone or email.
Information for players and families
Ground Marshal Handbook
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.
Level 4 Referee Course information is now available online to anyone interested in becoming a referee.
A great way to be involved in the game and make a little extra money. Please see the course overview below:
Level 4 referee course is the introductory level course for anyone wanting to become a referee
Refereeing is for anyone, at any age, at any time – aligning to FV’s FootballALLways Strategic Plan.
Refereeing provides access to referee in all FV managed competitions and regional based leagues across metropolitan and region Victoria.
The new online course provides participants with 24/7 access to complete the Level 4 referee course at a time that suits the participants schedule.
The course includes four modules – 3 conducted online and one skills based on field module.
- Online course access - Skills based training sessions - First year registration - Laws Of The Game book - Referee Uniform – shirt, shorts, socks - Whistle - Yellow & Red cards - Assistant Referee flags
The Get Active Kids Voucher Program helps eligible families get their kids involved in organised sport and recreation activities by reimbursing the cost of membership and registration fees, uniforms and equipment. Eligible children may be able to receive up to $200 each. This can be used to offset registration fees, or to pay for equipment such as boots.
Children must be aged 4 to 18 and named on a valid Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card and Medicare card to be eligible.
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
First aid training
As part of our NPL Participation Licence, each BCFC team is required to have a nominated provider of first aid at their matches and their training sessions.
First Aid qualification involves the completion of an accredited unit "Provide First Aid" which is valid for three years following completion. First aiders also require annual completion of the unit "Provide Cardiovascular Resuscitation". These courses are available in Bendigo from a range of providers on various days, times and venues.
If you have current first aid and CPR certification please let your Team Manager know, they will coordinate this information and include you on a roster to ensure our players have first aid qualified volunteer available at their matches.
If you are not yet qualified the club strongly encourages you to complete first aid training to ensure these skills are widely available to our players and the community.
First aid skills may prove valuable outside of the soccer field for other children or family members, your workplace may also benefit from these skills or be willing to pay for you to complete this training. The cost of the course may also be tax-deductible for some people.
BCFC committee news
The 2021 committee worked incredibly hard to bring the UCS Cup to Bendigo, amid the uncertainty of the COVID-19 lockdown. We were all rewarded by a highly successful day with a safe and enjoyable event.
Other work being done behind the scenes include:
Uniform ordering and coordination
Preparation of COVIDSafe documentation
Checking and restocking of first aid kits
Registration of teams into tournaments and competitions
Match day preparation
Coordination of venue bookings
Plans for a new website
Communication with FV on many matters and much more.
Not only does our volunteer committee do a tremendous job, but our Technical Director Nathan Claridge plays an important role in curating our social media content.
We are a true community club and we couldn't do it all without the incredible support of our volunteers.
Our teams are looking magnificent in their Nike kits provided by Ultra Football. Our away strips have arrived and our U13 players were the first to wear these in competition in Darebin last month.
We plan to bring team shirts back in to the club over Easter, or at another convenient time, to have the logos of our newly announced sponsors overprinted. Team Managers will coordinate this process and communicate with players and families.
BCFC is delighted to announce that this month three new club sponsors have joined our club for 2021.
Holloway Air is a Bendigo based, family run business, owned and operated by Daniel and Rhiannon Holloway.
Holloway Air’s main aim is to offer prompt and reliable service plus great communication, every step of the way.
Servicing Bendigo and surrounding areas, the team has years of experience in all facets of heating, cooling and hot water installation and maintenance.
To chat about what you need for your home, give them a call 03 5441 3158.
The Foundry Hotel Complex
The Foundry Hotel, circa 1870, has spent 150 years serving the community with fabulous food and drinks. It is the perfect venue for your next social party, milestone celebration, corporate event, social drinks catch up and everything in between.
The Foundry has a traditional family bistro, Mister Bobs sports bar, outdoor courtyard and multiple function spaces.
Wright Roofing Repairs
Wright Roofing Repairs is a locally owned Bendigo Roofing business servicing all suburbs of Bendigo and surrounding up to 80km.
They offer a free quoting service for all your roof needs including pressure washing, repainting, restorations, reroofs, gutters and more. They provide the highest quality in roofing by using highly trained, qualified and professional tradesman and use only the best quality roofing materials.
The club gratefully appreciates the support of all these businesses.
BCFC has a range of sponsorships still available including individual player sponsorship, details below.
As an individual Player Sponsor, we will expose your business to all our registered players, families and friends, their opposition, including their families and friends, the Bendigo City Football Club website, and regular posts on social media.
Player sponsorship package includes:
Player sponsor certificate recognising the player/individual you are sponsoring and your businesses connection
Players sponsorship certificate and business logo online presence, on the Bendigo City Football Club Website and Social Media
TOTAL COST: $500
Your sponsorship funds will directly help pay for the individual players uniform for season 2020/2021 and help with the general operation of the Club for the year.
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