At the East Ringwood Junior Football Club (ERJFC), we pride ourselves on creating a strong foundation for your child to launch their football pathway. From when they first start, whether it be at Auskick or in the Under 18’s, players are encouraged to embrace the core values of our club: Teamwork, selflessness, respect towards others, inclusion, and equality.
We believe that for every player to get the most from football, we need to create an inclusive and welcoming environment where our youngest players in Auskick and Under 8’s, are valued as importantly as our Under 17.5 Boys and Under 18 Girls. While acknowledging that the needs of all players are unique and dictated by the different stages of their junior football development, each child’s right to feel included and gain enjoyment from playing, is our number one priority.
As our club is well represented across all age groups and grades, we have the ability to place each player in a team and environment suited to their level of confidence and ability. From basic skills at Auskick, through to elite representative football opportunities, the core values that underpin the ERJFC culture, remain constant throughout.
Our accredited coaches and team officials are well qualified, supported by committee, and are provided access to specialist resources to ensure our players realise their full football potential. We recognise and acknowledge the important role of our coaches. To ensure the appointment of the best possible candidates, we always require strict selection criteria and qualifications are met. These amazing volunteers drive our culture which in turn, is reflected in the way our players conduct themselves, on and off the field.
Working tirelessly to provide this environment for our players is due to the collective and selfless efforts of the Executive and General Committee, consisting of a group of amazing people who appreciate that for this club to continually grow and evolve, it is imperative to welcome and embrace new volunteers with fresh energy and new ideas.
It is this big picture thinking, open mindedness, and spirit of inclusion that attracts and maintains our large group of loyal sponsors. These locally owned and operated businesses, as seen on our accompanying webpages, are extremely important to us. To ensure that they know how much we appreciate their support providing valuable resources to the players, ERJFC utilises and promotes as many of our sponsors goods and services as possible.
Our two home grounds at Ainslie Park and Glen Park provide great training and playing facilities. We have recently welcomed the opening of a new $1.9M pavilion at Ainslie Park, installed a state-of-the-art scoreboard, and undergone resurfacing and fence upgrades. With these redevelopments complete, we now have the facilities befitting of the amazing players and families we have always boasted as members.
The ERJFC U17.5 Boys and U18 Girls Academies include training and education beyond football as well as volunteering at a local Community Meals program. The ERJFC supports and facilitates training provided by Sport and Life Training (SALT), the Pat Cronin Foundation and other groups on issues including Mental Health, Respect and Responsibility towards Women, Social Violence and Drugs & Alcohol use. These initiatives ensure that when our players leave the junior club as young adults, they leave not only as better footballers, but more importantly as better people.
The East Ringwood Junior Football Club is about community, family, and support for each other. I welcome you to come down to start or continue your football pathway while being embraced by one of the truly great sporting environments in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs. One I am proud to have been a part of for almost 44 years.
Richard Arnott – President
East Ringwood Junior Football Club