Celebrating a proud history of 50 years, Seaford United Soccer Club will soon write the next chapter with an East Timor sister club courtesy of its donated uniforms.
With just 60 players at the conclusion of the inaugural 1969 season, the club has since flourished to 250 players within 22 teams and a total membership of more than 600 people. Sponsorship co-ordinator Andrew Whitehead said: “In the founding years, Seaford had no players, no nets and no strips; now we are giving away strips to start a new club.”
The club’s hustle and heart was rewarded with a female-friendly clubhouse extension in November jointly funded by local, state and federal counterparts.
In May, the Tigers reminisced on their history. Seaford United was born out of Frankston City Soccer Club as purely a junior club after the latter wrangled for better facilities at a time when soccer was overlooked. Club legend Norm Jones saw untapped potential in the Seaford North Reserve then reserved for AFL. Requests to Frankston City Council for facilities at Seaford North Reserve were originally refused, with the council finally agreeing to a permit for the reserve in 1978.
From an initially broke club entering the league to outright champions, the Tigers have a strong history in the Bayside and state leagues. “Our growth in juniors is incredible and we now have kids following in their parents’ footsteps,” declared Mr Whitehead.
Willie Lynn, the club’s president for the past 22 years, said that the club catered to under-6s through to over-45s. “We are getting kids off the street to play sport and we have passionate volunteers who are committed to junior development,” said Mr Lynn.
As a former player of seven years at a club where my father was a coach and team manager, I would agree that the passion is empowering the next generation.