Hello to all at PJFC and welcome to season 2016!

What a magnificent day we had for Round 1 last Sunday! I heard so many great stories and from all accounts, 400 PJFC kids and their families had a wonderful time!

So early in the season and so much to say – I’ll try to be brief but no promises!

I’d like to begin by thanking those who have already committed to financially supporting our club; whilst the registration fees we collect cover many expenses, without sponsor support we’d be behind the 8-ball. So please join me in thanking the following:

Major Sponsors:
IGA Armadale
TGI Fridays
Bendigo Bank East Malvern

Club Sponsors:
Volvo Cars Brighton
Crust Pizza Armadale
RT Edgar
St Kilda Village Accident Repair Centre
Emma & Toms
Speakeasy Kitchen and Bar
Rouge Café Armadale

Team Sponsors:
U9 Whites: My Chemist
U10 Blues: Medical One
U14s: Baillieu Holst

In particular, I have to make special note of TGI Fridays’ efforts at Jumper Presentation last Sunday. Jumper Presentation is always a massive day for the club with so many excited kids being given their jumpers – lots of them for their first time – but to augment this with wonderful sliders, ribs and wings served up by one of Major Sponsors was just amazing. Thank you TGIF! Please do support their flagship Chapel Street Restaurant as best and as often as you can.

You will note that we have lots of Team Sponsor slots available; for $1500 + GST your business can become the naming rights sponsor for your child’s team – for more details please contact Rob Barber (Sponsorship Manager and Club Sponsor through his business Volvo Cars Brighton) on 0412 561 664 or rbarber@volvocarsbrighton.com.au. We can have your logo and a link to your website on the PJFC website home page as well as numerous other benefits!

Congratulations Louis Dalgleish – 100 games:
Louis is somewhat of a fixture around PJFC; he started playing as an under aged u9 player in 2010 (there was no u8 competition in those days) and won the team’s B&F award in 2011, 12 and 13. He has been selected to represent the league at Interleague level and has always been prepared to play a second game for short-staffed older teams when asked. His whole family was at our u14s match on the weekend to watch him captain the side and play his heart out. Well done Louis!

Building fund raffle:
As many of you would be aware, our main club rooms are expected to be upgraded or replaced in the next 4-5 years and, at that point, all tenant clubs (currently Prahran Football Club – PFC – juniors and seniors, Old Xaverians, Prahran Cricket Club and Melbourne Rugby Union Football Club) will be called upon to contribute financially. As a step toward the PFC target of a $500,000 kitty, I am proud to announce that this year we will be holding a major PFC raffle – the first prize being a brand new Honda Jazz. We are on the lookout for 3-4 donated consolation prizes valued between $250-$1000 each. If you or your business are interested in contributing a prize, please contact me directly as soon as possible to discuss! Tickets will be on sale in early May and the draw will be held at the annual PFC Luncheon in July. More details later…

Friday night is social night:
Most of our teams train on a Friday night and for the club it is our regular social night. I encourage you all to stop in for longer than just your child’s training session; have a drink and a bite to eat – not only are you supporting the club but you’ll enjoy a convivial social atmosphere, meet old and new friends and, most importantly of all, the longer you stay around, the longer your children will be running around (always great to have them burn off a little extra energy!) and making new friends within our wonderfully diverse group.

SMJFL Board appointment:
As you would all be aware, we are one of a number of clubs playing our football within the South Metro Junior Football League (SMJFL) which is a very well administered league indeed thanks to the efforts of just a handful of paid staff overseen by a board of directors. Never before has PJFC had a former member join the SMJFL board but I have great pleasure in congratulating our former President, Jamie Gray, on his election to the SMJFL board at the SMJFL’s AGM in December. Read more here: http://smjfl.com.au/smjfl-welcomes-new-board-members/. All the best in your new and exciting role Jamie!

Get involved:
Being a part of our club is exciting on any level, but I can certainly attest that without our volunteer army, the club would grind to a halt in moments. It is a great club to be around, but I believe you’ll get all the more out of the experience if you do more than just “turn up”. I encourage each and every one of you to discover a way to become involved – whether for an hour or 2 a year behind the bar on a Friday night, as a water carrier, boundary umpire or goal umpire on game day. A Team Manager or Coach. Maybe you’d like to have some input at a General Committee level and steer the direction of the club. Our volunteer base is in a constant state of flux and I’d personally be very happy to take a call anytime from anyone hoping to get involved. Please feel free to pick up the phone for a chat anytime. And by the way, from time to time we have roles that the kids can help with too!

Player and parent behavior:
On a slightly more sobering note, just a reminder that our kids are playing in a local community junior football competition; it isn’t the AFL and livelihoods are not at stake. Please take the time to discuss with your children the importance of playing nice, being modest and respectful, becoming good leaders. It is sad to say, but we see a lot of poor parent behavior on Sundays – we encourage cheering but critical commentary isn’t appropriate; the kids will do their best, so will the coaches. The umpires are mostly children learning their craft and they will make some mistakes. Please keep it all in perspective and remember that your child’s football development is important, the result of the game not nearly as much so. Please act accordingly. I hate to preach, but for many children, a critical parent can cut short even the most promising child’s interest in our great game.

Set the tone for the future:
In finishing and following on from the paragraph above, I’d like to draw your attention to the club’s Mission, Vision and Values (published on our website at www.prahranjfc.com.au); they outline the guiding principles by which the club is run:

Our Mission:
Inspiring every child to play their best football.

Our Vision:
Through proactive leadership, management and a quality football program, PJFC aims to be the “go-to” Australian Rules junior community football club in our local area focused on developing children’s self-esteem, enhancing their health and well-being through organised sport and providing opportunities for players to develop their football and leadership skills to their own personal best.

Our Values:

The General Committee looks forward to announcing some changes to our policies in the coming days which will realign the club’s culture to these values so please, stay tuned.

In the meantime, enjoy the club, Friday night and the first round and feel free to contact me if I can help in any way.

Go Prahran – the mighty Two Blues!


Justin Long

Prahran Junior Football Club
“Inspiring Every Child to play their best football”