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Recent articles

10 Apr 20172017 Shirt Presentation Day Uncategorized
26 Mar 20172017 Season Training Schedule – March 26 Onwards Uncategorized
14 Mar 2017Updated Preseason Training Schedule v2.0 Uncategorized
19 Feb 2017Pre-season Training Schedule Uncategorized
06 Feb 2017Our Programs Uncategorized
17 Nov 20162017 Trials and Pre-Season Dates Club
01 Nov 2016Redevelopment of Our Clubrooms Uncategorized
27 Sep 20162016 President’s Report Uncategorized
11 Sep 2016Redbacks Holiday Program Uncategorized
06 Sep 20162016 Summer Program Uncategorized

2017 Shirt Presentation Day

Lamo @ 12:56 pm April 10, 2017   Comments Off on 2017 Shirt Presentation Day

As noted in recent emails, our Shirt Presentation Day for 2017 has been marked down for Saturday the 22nd of April. We are pleased now to be able to share with you the schedule for the day.

Note the special arrangements for the U13Cs (Dalla Costa), the U12 Wallabies (Paoli) and the U11 Joeys (Mishra) due to their coach’s playing commitments with the Senior Men and Reserves.

In addition to the presentation of shirts for U8 to U16 players, all Spiderlings and Saturday SSF (U5 to U7) program kids are able to come down and pick up their playing kit for the season. Program Coordinator Rachel Cummins will be handing out kits from 10am through to 2pm.

Once again the committee has worked hard to arrange bubble soccer, bouncing castles and other games (weather permitting) to appear alongside the shirt presentations, starting from 9am and running through to the end of the day. Just buy your ride tickets at the ground on the day and get involved!

We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday the 22nd of April.

2017 Season Training Schedule – March 26 Onwards

Lamo @ 2:08 pm March 26, 2017   Comments Off on 2017 Season Training Schedule – March 26 Onwards

See below for the 2017 Season Training Schedule and Map. This is intended as the final schedule for the season and takes effect immediately. For most teams, only minor ‘tweaks’ have been made to the existing schedule in order to make the transition to full training as simple as possible.

If you’re in doubt about any information, speak directly with your Coach and/or Team Manager.

Updated Preseason Training Schedule v2.0

Lamo @ 11:31 am March 14, 2017   2 Comments →

Please take note of the updated preseason training schedule below. Significant changes have been made to the program for U8s to U11s and some minor adjustments for some other age groups. If you’re in doubt about any information, speak with your Coach and/or Team Manager.

Of course, this schedule is subject to change over the coming weeks as more pitch space becomes available to the club. Members are requested to keep an eye on this website, on Facebook and to your emails for more information.

Pre-season Training Schedule

Lamo @ 6:32 pm February 19, 2017   8 Comments →

The first preseason training schedule is now available. Members should take into account the following as they view it:

  • The schedule commences for U12 to U18 Boys from Tuesday 21st Feb and for all other teams from Saturday 25th Feb.
  • All U8/9 and U10 Girls teams have only one session per week temporarily until cricket finishes on the Main Pitch on Wednesdays.
  • The U13 Boys session on Thursday is yet to be confirmed. Changes will be advised prior to session if change is needed.
  • The schedule will change as more pitch space becomes available to the club. Members should keep informed of the changes by checking emails, the website and Facebook.

Our Programs

Lamo @ 5:52 pm February 6, 2017   Comments Off on Our Programs

Seeking information on our programs but in an easy, one-page flyer? Download us now!

3&4 year old Spiderling Program

U5 to U7 Saturday SSF

U8 to U11 Boys and Girls Program

U12 to U18 Boys and Girls Program

Over 45s and BigKidz Program

Registration Process

2017 Trials and Pre-Season Dates

Ivan Dalla Costa @ 10:24 am November 17, 2016   Comments Off on 2017 Trials and Pre-Season Dates

Trials and grading for U8 to U16 for both girl’s and boy’s teams will commence February 2017 and be conducted over a 3 week period. After the conclusion of the grading period, teams will commence pre-season training ready for the first match late April.

All existing and new players are welcome to trial for the 2017 season. Below are the commencement dates and further information.

If you are an existing player (ie played in 2016) you will receive an email from the club in January reminding you of the trial dates and more information.

If you are new to the club and intend to play in our U8 thru to U18, please register your interest by clicking here and completing all the information. You will be added to our date base and we will email you prior to the commencement of trials. Unlike other club’s we do not require a upfront fee to secure a spot.

It is important that players attend all 3 grading sessions in their correct age group , even if a player “played up” a year in 2016 . After the grading period, and at the sole discretion of the Technical Director and Vice President, we may invite players to play in an older age group.

Ensure you arrive 15 minutes before your allocated time and report to the registration tent. All players must wear boots, shin pads and bring a water bottle. It is advised to use sun screen and wear a cap.

Please click here for complete details on grading dates, times, venue and age groups

For all senior women and men’s teams including reserves and U18s, please click here for your pre-season details.

The Spiderling and Saturday program for U5/6/7 boys/girls will either commence on Saturday 22nd or 29th April. Closer to the date we will communicate with all parents.

Registrations for the 2017 season are now open. Fees can be viewed here.

Redevelopment of Our Clubrooms

Ivan Dalla Costa @ 4:29 pm November 1, 2016   Comments Off on Redevelopment of Our Clubrooms



After working in partnership with the Nillumbik council and State Government, I am delighted to announce that the community engagement phase of the redevelopment of our club rooms has commenced.

The Committee encourages all members to learn more about the project and view some concept designs by clicking here which will navigate direct to the council’s we site.

The Nillumbik council will be consulting with the community over a three week period from October 24 with submissions closing Thursday 7th November. This will include the distribution of brochures to all nearby residents across a 500m catchment. In addition the Council will promote the project via the usual online sources including Council’s website, facebook etc, Reserve signage, and circulate to a number of stakeholders both locally and peak sporting bodies. They will host a drop-in consultation session at the Reserve which includes a free community BBQ on Friday 4 November from 4.30-7.30pm.

I ask that all members reinforce the need for the redeployment of our club rooms by responding favourably to the online submission.  The Committee needs your help by having one collective voice so please take to 5 minutes in completing the submission.

After receiving all submissions, Council officers will report the community feedback to Council’s Policy and Services meeting on 6 December where submitters will be invited to speak, and be seeking Council’s endorsement of final concept plans at the 20 December Council meeting.

This is an extremely important component in moving the project ahead, so your feedback will be critical in shaping the project.

2016 President’s Report

Ivan Dalla Costa @ 3:49 pm September 27, 2016   Comments Off on 2016 President’s Report


Ivan Dalla Costa


The 2016 season has been another progressive year with many successes on and off the pitch and everyone needs to be congratulated.

Club membership continues to grow and the football program is going from strength to strength. We are well positioned to be the premier football club in the North East region with over 900 members.

The Nillumbik community has embraced the Redbacks with continued support by local businesses, schools, the council and Victorian State Government.

The highlights of the season for the club are as follows:

  • The ongoing success of the clubs Saturday morning Spiderlings and Small Sided Games Program.
  • The continued improvement in our Academy.
  • Our WNPL application resulting in being ranked 10th from 22 applications.
  • The appointment of a new Junior Technical Director and the restructure of the football program
  • Successful campaign by both the senior women and men in the knock-out cups
  • Senior men being promoted in 2016.
  • The U13B, U15A and U18 Boys being crowned champions in 2016 with a number of teams becoming runners-up.
  • The continued development of all the junior teams at all age groups.
  • Further development of the girls program with teams in all age groups and 2 under 9 teams.
  • The continued success of the over 45 league with 4 Eltham teams

Off the field the committee has worked extremely hard to uphold our place in the community with supporting the annual breast cancer and prostate cancer matches. The social activities over the year have all proven to successful with an outstanding attendance at the annual fund Trivia night fund raiser.

Local businesses have embraced the Redbacks by being sponsors of the club. This year we had 16 major sponsors donating valuable funds that were reinvested into the club for many projects. I take this opportunity to personally thank all sponsors.

The future is bright for football at Eltham with two major projects that will positively impact our club and the Nillumbik community. The redevelopment of the Eltham North precinct with new clubrooms and change facilities and the new synthetic pitch at St. Helena. Work has commenced on both projects which hopefully will be completed in the next 2 years. This will mean better and more facilities for the biggest club in the North East region of Melbourne.

The club continues to work to its priorities that have been set in the club’s Strategic Plan – namely:

  • Improve the quality, depth & diversity of the football programs
  • Improve club infrastructure and access to the community
  • Improve club administration and communications
  • Develop a vibrant social program

In 2016 the club continued to make good progress against these strategies however there is always more work to do. The committee believe firmly in a strong integrated club and that success in junior program aids the senior programs and success in the senior programs aids the junior programs.

The continued success of the club will not only be judged by the quality of the football programs that the club rolls but also how well the club is managed and that the club provides an positive family friendly environment and that everyone feels welcome which has been confirmed by the recent survey.

I am also pleased of our financial position and continued profitable however the club continues to under cost pressures in a number of areas which the committee are addressing.

This year we recognise an outstanding life members – namely Steve Ribarich. His dedication and commitment spans over a decade and is why the club is held in high esteem by many. Steve’s role on the committee and the various projects will continue to have a life-long contribution which will be applauded for many years to come.

I take this opportunity to thank all members of the 2016 Committee and without them the club would not have been the success that it was. – THANK YOU.

I also commend the commitment of the playing group and all those parents who get the players to training and to games and to those partners that are football widows or widowers during the season – THANK YOU.

A special thanks go to all the volunteers – coaches, team managers, committee, canteen staff and our duty manager. Without their support and ongoing commitment, the club would not have progressed as it has over the last 5 year.

I wish you all the best for the remainder of 2016 and I look forward to be your President in 2017.

Ivan Dalla Costa

Club President.

Redbacks Holiday Program

Lamo @ 11:34 am September 11, 2016   Comments Off on Redbacks Holiday Program


What are you doing this September holidays? 

Eltham Redbacks FC will be holding their school holiday program for all primary school aged children on the 27th and 28th of September. The program will be run by Bailey Attard, our Melbourne City representative at the club, the current Technical Director of our Saturday Program and soon to be B Licensed coach. He and the team of aspiring and experienced coaches, will make this holiday clinic both exciting and football engaging.

The coaching team will use elements from the FFA Discovery Phase and Skill Acquisition Phase models as well as Melbourne City’s own clinic program. Individual football based skills such as dribbling, passing, first touch and 1v1’s will be focused upon. Defending and teamwork strengthening elements will also be included throughout the clinic. Other fun games will be included to mix up the day, food and drink breaks will be provided.

Players from other clubs looking for a holiday clinic are welcome.

Date: 27 and 28 September, 2016

Time: 9am – 3.30pm

Ages: Primary school children

Cost: $65 per day or $120 for both

Lunch included: please list any allergies

Clothing: Shin guards and footy boots essential

What to bring: Snacks, water bottle


Eltham Redbacks FC
Cedar Avenue
Eltham North, Victoria 3095

Contact Details: Rachel via rcummins10@me.com

2016 Summer Program

Lamo @ 7:23 pm September 6, 2016   Comments Off on 2016 Summer Program



Eltham Redbacks FC Summer Program aims to accelerate the development of our footballers through a targeted extension of our football program over the summer term. Coaching is provided by our experienced coaching team including our Senior Men’s and Women’s coaches and Technical Directors. Sessions include skill drills, tactical and positional training, small-sided and full pitch game training.

The program will start the week commencing Monday 10th October and finishes on the week concluding on Saturday 17th December. Training will not be held during the Melbourne Cup long weekend.

Players from other clubs looking for a summer skills program are welcome to sign up.

Session Times

Players can choose to train one or two sessions per week though both sessions are encouraged.

Age Session 1 Session 2
U8 – U9 Boys & Girls Monday 6.00pm – 7.00pm Saturday 9.00am – 10.00 am
U10 – U12 Boys & Girls Tuesday 5.30pm – 7.00pm Saturday 10.30am – 12.00pm
U13 – U18 Girls Monday 7.00pm – 8.30pm Wednesday 8.00pm – 9.30pm
U13 – U18 Boys Tuesday 7.00pm – 8.30pm Thursday 7.00pm – 8.30pm


U8 – U9 1 session per week $120 2 sessions per week $230
U10 – U18 1 session per week $145 2 sessions per week $265

Eltham Redbacks FC
Cedar Avenue
Eltham North, Victoria 3095

All bookings are through the TryBooking website via https:www.trybooking.com/MWGT

Contact Details:
www.elthamredbacksfc.org.au or David Freeman (m) 0457503492 (email) David.Freeman@nab.com.au

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