Watsonia Heights FC was awarded the 2015 Banyule Council Community Club of the year.
This award is given to one of the 51 or more sporting organizations across Banyule that sets the example on community engagement and involvement.
WHFC received the recognition after a number of initiates carried out by the club over a sustained period.
Accessible football for all. Watsonia prides itself on being the cheapest club in the area for kids to take part in playing sport. We offer numerous packages and payment options. Famous for our “Charlton Clause” where large families don’t pay for the 4th child playing at the club. The junior club also sets aside a percentage of our budget every year to sponsor kids who wouldn’t ordinarily get to play.
Our work with the council’s Outreach program. Your community club has donated Football gear and coaching to kids who are marginalized and don’t have the opportunity to play organised sport. Hard to imagine that kids in our area are not playing sport because of their gender, religious beliefs or discrimination within family groups.
We are over represented by girls. Did you know that our little club runs more than double the state average for girls and we love it. We are the largest mixed sporting club that Banyule Council has and we are proudly represented by more girls than any other club.
These initiatives largely go unnoticed – as they should – and they are small gestures in the grand scheme of things. But they do mean a great deal to those that we have helped and we should all be proud of that.
There are many other initiatives that the club would like to launch but lack manpower. If you are interested in managing any of our great initiatives, please contact our committee. It is a great way to exercise your social justice radar and an awesome way to give back to the community. Hopefully the outcome is a great bunch of kids that feel the same way.