Under 18 Girls you are awesome

Congratulations to the Under 18 girls team who finished a very close second in their division and also head into the finals. 
This is the awesome team that won their division last year in the Under 16 Girls and this year are playing up a year so to come so close to finishing on top of their group is a huge effort. 
We wish them and their super mascot Coco all the best during the finals.



Under 13's are league champions!

Congratulations to super coach Carl and super manager Jenny and all of the Under 13C team who - after today's win - have finished as league champions of their division.
It was a great effort by all the boys and Laura who had a great season - the only loss of their year coming in the very first game and they have managed to remain undefeated since then.
Bring on finals!



Men's Reserves are league champions!

Ladies and gentlemen let us introduce you to the Men's Reserves Team who today (with a match still to go in the year) secured the Division 5 league title after a 9-1 win against Casey Panthers. Well done to the entire team!
It was a great day all round. I maybe showing some bias here but in 2005 Aiden started at Chelsea FC in Goalkick - today he played in this great team. After 11 years of loyalty to the same club, it is a great example of how any sub junior and junior players at Chelsea FC can make a success of it and be part of the future at this great club.
- John Zeccola, President



Chelsea FC Ground Locations

As of the 1st August Chelsea FC has two new home grounds across the road at Edithvale Common - if you are a visiting team please make note of the below ground map. Currently there is minimal parking on site at Edithvale Common so we encourage all players to park on Edithvale Road at our current home grounds and walk across the roaad to Edithvale Common.
All Saturday matches will be played at Edithvale Common while Sunday games will continue to be played at Edithvale Reserve with all post season training programs to be run from Pitch 4 and 5 at the Common.



Need to contact us?

Do you have any questions about team assessments, 2016 player registrations or the Chelsea FC Easter Cup?
Click on any of the links above & read all the FAQs - if you still need help then please send us an email at this address - we will get back to you ASAP. We promise!

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President's Update

Easter Cup on TOMORROW

On behalf of the main committee we would like to wish all our teams participating in this Saturday’s inaugural Easter Cup all the best and hope that all players and parents enjoy the experience. We are confident that it will be a success and it becomes a regular event in future years. Thank you also to all those parents who have volunteered to help out on the day – it certainly isn’t too late to still put your hand up to help, so please let us know via chelseafootballclubaustralia@gmail.com.
This year, this event is only open to U9s, u10s and u11s Kangaroo teams only (with the exception of a few Wallabies team in those age groups). So good luck to those teams!
A number of parents have asked us why only those age groups and Kangaroos teams only can participate. Firstly, invited teams from other clubs from u8s right through to u12s, but we didn’t receive enough support from the u8s and u12s age groups, so we had to drop those two age groups from the competition this year. Whereas the u9s to u11s age groups were very well supported.
The reason why Kangaroo teams only were invited is that generally at these tournaments, participating clubs bring along their best teams because they are very competitive and want to win. So it would be unfair to say, invite some of our Joeys team to play as they would be playing against other clubs Kangaroos teams and could potentially get heavily defeated in every game. This would not provide our Joeys/Wallabies teams with a pleasant experience, especially at the beginning of the season and could affect their confidence. We want to ensure that our kids are playing against other clubs/teams with an appropriate skill level.
We understand that all our kids are eager to play, so around this time next year, we will look at organising a special intra-club tournament where ALL of our Joeys & Wallabies teams will be invited to participate and play.
So if you have some spare time tomorrow come on down to our grounds and check out the organised chaos in action when we host teams from a dozen or so local clubs between 9-5. Finals are expected to kick off around 4pm. It will be one action packed day!

Training...
...continues throughout the holidays for most teams and we have the Easter Holiday program that Rob G is running for those of you keen for some additional advanced training. 
See previous messages about that if you need a reminder.
Please note that all players can start wearing boots to training from this coming Monday.
Don't forget advanced Goalkeeper training starts Monday week so make sure you book in for that if you have a budding goalkeeper in your family.

Football is finally here...
While tomorrow is the Easter Cup and the Senior and Reserves teams play their first match, the season gets under way for all junior and sub junior teams from NEXT weekend (9th / 10th April). As with every year the FFV leaves the confirmation of fixtures to the very last minute as clubs continue to withdraw and change around teams. Your coaches should have a draft fixture and in the next day or so we should have confirmation of the official fixture for the first few rounds so keep an eye out for further information.
All teams should have uniforms organised and if this is not the case you need to chase up your team manager or coach asap.
Please remember that for Under 12s up if you have not registered with the FFV you CANNOT play until this is done so this MUST be organised asap. Many teams have 4 or 5 players ineligible to play currently so please do not leave this until the last minute as it just may be too late.
Also, next week is our first seniors/reserves game at home and we are inviting the entire club to come down and cheer them on (Reserves kick of at 1pm and Seniors at 3pm). Remember that this year a number of these players are also coaching your kids, so they would love to see them at the game cheering them on. This will also be a special day, as a number of original Chelsea FC players from the 1960s will be in attendance and there will be a special meet and greet after the seniors game at 5pm in the clubrooms. There will be a short informal presentation with a Q&A session and the Old Boys will be there to present to the club some old memorabilia and share stories of the “good old days”. So, we urge you come along and support our current and old players.

We will have communication out to all the goal kick kids very soon and their 'season' will be kicking off in the next few weeks.

John Zeccola
President - Chelsea Football Club



Women's Masters Team - first ever match!

To celebrate Female Football Week (Mar 4-10) the Women's Soccer Masters Team - Chelsea FC has their debut match next Sunday in the Chelsea Blue - if you are in the area make sure you drop in and cheer them on. We can't wait to see a stack of photos from the day and have a great game!

Sunday, March 6th, 4pm-5pm
DISC (Darebin International Sports Centre) 
Address: John Cain Memorial Park, 281 Darebin Road, Thornbury Victoria 3071



2016 President's Note

Dear Chelsea FC members

It is with great pleasure that I can announce the new committee structure for the next 12 months that will be working hard to ensure that Chelsea FC is “the club to be with”.

At the recent AGM, the following people were nominated to the following positions:

Executive Committee:
President: John Zeccola
Vice President – Chris Lonergan
Treasurer – Seamus Walsh

Main Committee:
Tim O’Neill, Chris Dorigo, Shell Tims, Paola Decarli, and Julie Terlato

Football Committee:
Rob Giabardo, Juan Noguera, Steve Kucinic, George Perpina


The Executive Committee firmly believes our priorities for Chelsea FC are as follows:

Grass – make sure our kids play on good grounds with great facilities,
Players – develop their skills at any level and make sure that they are having fun,
Coaches – provide great coaches and supporting them with ongoing training,
Culture – create a good sports, fun and safe culture

The Executive Committee will also place greater emphasis this year on off field activities by arranging a number of community based events that will hopefully engage our members with our club. We want to get our members getting greater access and using our clubroom facilities for private as well as team functions. In the past, the club’s engagement may have been only when it involved asking for money. Whereas fundraising is an important part of our Club, this year we want to introduce some activities whereby you can be involved at little or no cost. 

On behalf of the committee, we are also proud this year to support the Reagan Milstein Foundation. This charity organisation assists with a number of football programs to help less fortunate children in Australia, the South Pacific and Asia. Their mission is to inspire little stars through football. We can help them by donating new and pre-loved clothing and football gear like boots, uniforms, shin guards…etc. Look out for the bins around the club in the new year and make sure you keep any old stuff when doing your next spring cleanout.

click here to read full message from the President which includes current plans for the 2016 season

Cheers

John Zeccola
President – Chelsea FC



Chelsea FC and Melbourne Victory

On Sunday 17th May, 10 Lucky boys from the Under 9's attended the sell out A league Grand Final between the victorious Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC. Prior to the game the boys were taken under the grandstands, changed into their kits and had professional photos taken with the A-League Trophy. While the A-league teams warmed up the crowd the 10 boys sat nervously in the grand stand waiting for the call up. After seeing the 1st goals the boys were collected by Victory volunteers and taken below the grandstands to run out on the pitch at half time. 

Once the A-League teams were off the pitch the boys came out to entertain the 29,854 strong crowd. The boys were split into 2 groups of 5 and played against Essendon Royales and Eltham. They came back to their seats during the second half. And saw all the goals and cheered along the Victory. The boys wore their Chelsea kit while they sat in the crowd. They had a fantastic day and their behaviour was impeccable. They were a credit to themselves, their parents and the club. This will be a day they will never forget and hopefully will be able to recall with each other as they continue to enjoy their football with Chelsea in the future  

A big thank you to John Bowles, who is the Victory Liaison Officer at the club for giving the boys a once in a lifetime opportunity.





HAVE A GO at Chelsea FC

All I can say is how proud I am of our club Chelsea FC conducting such a fun filled free 1 hr soccer clinic for the families of the Local community. This initiative by our club must be noted as possibly the only sporting club in Victoria promoting a free program of its sort - 10 weeks of 1 hour "free" fun filled sport for our community.

What a fantastic turn out on the weekend when Chelsea FC launched their HAVE A GO at Chelsea FC program to encourage 3, 4 & up to 5 year old Children of the local community just to have a go at playing soccer. Over 60 boys and girls registered for the free 10 week program.
The Children had so much fun & the parents loved every moment knowing the children will sleep well thanks to Chelsea FC. Many many thanks to our coaches: Ronic Kumar, Zac Lansdell, Shanelle Ramsey, Emilija Romic and Eddie Ziada.

A massive thank you goes to Melbourne Victory in teaching us at Chelsea FC how to give something back to the community as MVFC have done for many years.
See you all one day on the Chelsea FC pitch.

Dom Boccari, President Chelsea FC



Ready to HAVE A GO at Chelsea FC

What a HUGE response we’ve had for this program in the past week.
There are going to be a lot of happy little kids running around our grounds Saturday afternoons starting this weekend!

Parents you will be contacted Thursday morning to confirm your spot if you have already been in touch to express your interest. 
All information on these free lessons are listed below

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Look who dropped in to say hi.

The Mayor of the city of Kingston council, Geoff Gledhill was very pleased with the amount of Children playing the worlds sport. He was also happy to see the amount of supportive parents encouraging the children in having a go.

As well as Geoff one of the south ward members of council, the young and very talented & supportive David Eden dropped in to spend time with the teams.
Chelsea FC is a club that has a lot of interest in becoming the next big thing in town besides Kingston Heath.









JUNIOR REFEREE PROGRAM AT CHELSEA FC

In Response to requests for a junior referee development program we have come up with the ‘Gold Coin Referee Program’ which will begin at the club this Saturday. Daniel Passante and Will Overberg from the U14s will be our first 'gold coin referees' - please join us in congratulating and thanking these young men.

If your side needs a referee for its match you are able to engage a Chelsea FC Gold Coin Referee. The reference to the gold coin is that the parents will make a gold coin donation to pay for the referee’s time i.e. you rattle the can and do a collection.

Please keep in mind:
• This is a grass roots program.
• The Gold coin referees are 12 to 16 year old members of the Chelsea soccer club
• The referees are kids. Please Respect the referee in all instances
• The Gold Coin referee can referee Under 7 to U11 matches.
• The GC Referees are volunteers who have practical experience and training – but they are not FFA or FFV qualified
• This is a great opportunity to give young people in the community an opportunity to take on and manage responsibility
• This program will help teams find a referee when a parent volunteer is not available or would prefer to watch their child play.
• A Chelsea FC Team Manager or team representative should collect gold coins as payment for the referee. This should be done before the game commences.



The ultimate duty of care and responsibility of the GC Referee is with the team and team manager who engage them to referee.
This is a community program where older kids are refereeing younger kids – We need all parents and supporters to keep this in mind and support the Gold Coin Referees.






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