About Our Football Club
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Eltham Redbacks Football Club (ERFC) is located on Wattletree Rd in Eltham North, in the North East of Melbourne, Australia.
ERFC has over 900 players starting as young as 3 years old through to our over 45 men’s teams. We are one of the largest football clubs in Victoria and one of the major sporting clubs in Nillumbik. We have the largest female program in the region.
The club was founded in 1967 as Eltham Soccer Club and was initially based at Eltham Lower Park. Following re-location to Eltham North Reserve in the 80s, the club changed its name to Eltham North Soccer Club. A further name change to Eltham North Soccer & Sporting Club took place in subsequent years, although the club was still always referred to as Eltham North Soccer Club or ‘ENSC’ during this period.
At the 2009 AGM, members voted unanimously in favour of a name and logo change as part of a re-branding strategy. The strategic change coincided with a ~$1.6m AUD upgrade to Eltham North Reserve. The change also saw the introduction of paid coaches, the building of a new website and the purchase of new equipment and uniforms for all players. Members chose ‘Eltham’ over 'Eltham North' to appeal to the greater Nillumbik region and voted to follow the naming trends of the Football Federation of Victoria (previously Soccer Victoria) and the Football Federation of Australia in incorporating the official sport name ‘football’.
In recent years, ERFC has begun to experience impressive results and sustained success across a number of its programs, befitting a club of its size. The Senior Women were promoted to State League One at the end of the 2015 season after an outstanding campaign, while the Senior Men won three titles and four promotions in the last four years to progress from State League Five to State League One. The club's junior program continues to go from strength to strength too as demonstrated by our U18A Boys winning three consecutive titles.
The club's football program is based on the FFA curriculum and is overseen by our Technical Director and a staff of 30+ accredited coaches. Players at all ages and ability levels, whether new to football or high capable and experienced, will have the support and resources they need to ensure they develop rapidly.
The club has a long history of stable governance and a high rate of player retention and is proud of its inclusive culture, free from the 'politics' so endemic at other football clubs.