A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT: PHIL MURDOCH
It is with honour that I have accepted the role of President of the Fitzroy Junior Football Club. I am humbled by the trust and faith that has been placed in me to lead the Club in 2016.
First and foremost, I would like to acknowledge the contribution of our outgoing President, Mark Buttifant. Mark hands over the Club in a remarkably healthy position. I would also like to recognise the tireless efforts of Mark’s predecessors at the Club, Matt O’Connor, Sophie Arnold, Steve Turner, Michael Wright and Alan Moore since our Club was established in 1994.
The Fitzroy Junior Football Club, with over 500 players, their families and extended community, is in such a vigorous position because of its focus on the values of Fairness, Sportsmanship, Safety and Wellbeing. This is a Club that prides itself on participation rather than top-of-the-competition success, thus enabling children of all ability to be valued and encouraged.
Our children grow to become young adults and experience the life skills that come from playing a team sport, including the attributes of resilience, tolerance and fairness. They share in the spoils of success and deal with the tribulations of defeat. They do this under the shelter and safety of our Club’s umbrella, with the guidance of its dedicated coaches and team managers and the support of its many parent volunteers.
This is why I am passionate about the Club.
In taking up the role of President, I look forward to leading the cultural continuity of FJFC including:
- Maintain and enhance our focus on Fairness, Sportsmanship, Safety and Wellbeing.
- Develop the growth and participation of girls’ football and support women’s roles as coaches and Club officials.
- Enhance the pathway from the Fitzroy Junior Football Club to the Fitzroy Senior Football Club
- Capitalise on the brand that is the Fitzroy Football Club.
- Develop improved communications with our stakeholders though technology and social media.
- Support our generous and committed coaches, team managers and volunteers.
- Maintain our excellent relationship with the Yarra Junior Football League.
- Promote and support the AFL’s Respect and Responsibility campaign.
I love that all of our children, irrespective of their ability, run out on the ground each Sunday wearing the Fitzroy jumper with pride and enthusiasm.
I want to play a positive and affirming role in them becoming fine, upstanding citizens as they play their part within their local and global community.
I look forward to being of service and interacting with all of you. You ARE the Fitzroy Junior Football Club.
Dean Robinson - 2015 Club Person of the Year
Each year, the FJFC committee decide upon which of our many hard working members are to be awarded with the award of
Brisbane-Fitzroy Historical Society Club Person of the Year Award (Formerly the Michael Wright Club Person of the Year Award)
This award recognises outstanding contribution to the ongoing development of the FJFC, community-based football and young people. Nomination usually reflects several years of service to the club in either administration or coaching and a commitment to the club values of participation, fitness and fun.
With a club of our size, there are dozens of people each year that could all qualify. However this year, when the committee went through the list of names that were nominated which included Tom Curnow and Monty Stuart, and may I say many thanks to these nominees for all their efforts over many years, the committee were unanimous that one person stands out for his herculean efforts in contributing to the ongoing development of the Fitzroy Junior Football Club over many years.
He has coached teams for at least 5 years and he has also served on the FJFC committee for at least 5 years in the demanding role of our Coaching Coordinator. I am talking of course about Dean Robinson as our recipient of the 2015 Club Person of the Year.
As any of our coaches or committee members will testify, it is nothing unusual to receive long , carefully constructed emails from Dean well after midnight! Dean is passionate and highly committed to the values we hold dear at FJFC and fiercely loyal to all our coaches and assistant coaches. And in typical fashion, despite the fact that he will not have any children playing with the Roys in 2016, Dean has already told me that he will stay involved with the coaching subcommittee to transition in the new Coaching Coordinator.
The Club has awarded Dean a $100 voucher courtesy of the highly regarded La Luna restaurant in Rathdowne Street , North Carlton. La Luna is owned and managed by celebrity chef, Adrian Richardson, and his son Rex played in the U13 Gold team this season. Many thanks to Adrian and Michelle from La Luna for donating this gift voucher too.