Soccer at Canada Bay Club
Who’s excited for the soccer season? We’re ready for kick off at Canada Bay Club! Watch it with us on our big screens, and learn more about our support of this popular sporting code below.
Did you know there are almost two million people Australia-wide playing the great game of soccer today? With 18 football associations currently registered at Football NSW, it’s also the fastest growing sport in Australia and the most played outdoor game in the country. These are pretty impressive stats, and Canada Bay Club is proud to be contributing to the growth of soccer in our community.
The club’s devotion to junior sport of all codes can be seen in the way our sponsorship dollars are spent to benefit all members of our local community. At Canada Bay Club, we believe these grass-root organisations are imperative to providing healthy outlets for our children to socialise and be active. Canada Bay Club partners with local associations such as Abbotsford Juniors Football Club, Inner West Magic Futsal, Inter Lions Soccer Club, Concord Junior Soccer Club and APIA Leichhardt Tigers Junior Soccer Club.
Canada Bay Club is committed to helping our local junior rising stars get out onto the field each season and proudly sponsor junior football clubs in our area to the tune of $77,000 annually.
After receiving Federal Government funding of $1 million, Abbotsford Juniors Football Club’s home ground facilities at Campbell Park in Chiswick are about to be demolished and transformed into a state-of-the-art clubhouse and accompanying facilities. Watch this space – this time next year, the players will be enjoying these fabulous upgrades.
Leichhardt Tigers Junior Soccer Club has been around since 1954 and is proudly affiliated with its senior compatriots at Club APIA. APIA is a heavyweight in the Australian soccer community, having produced the most successful players of any football club in Australia, several of whom – such as Graham Jennings and Joe Marston – went on to make Socceroos status.
A more recent addition to the local soccer competitions is the Inter Lions Soccer Club. Founded in 1983, the club began its days known as the Majors Bay Soccer Club before changing its identity in 1995 to Inter Lions. With the home field in the heart of City of Canada Bay, at Ron Routley Oval in Concord, we’re thrilled to be associated with this up-and-coming football powerhouse.
Soccer is not native to Australia. It came to our shores via immigrants and our multi-cultural settlers from countries such as England, Spain and Italy. While the sport was first played in Sydney back in August 1880, a national league wasn’t formed until later the following century. Australia still didn’t form a team for another four decades (1922). From there, it was another long wait until a National Soccer League was formed in 1977 for semi-professional players, before the A-League became our official competition and paved the way for a professional league in 2004.
There’s no denying that the growth in soccer, along with a love for the game, has grown since the 1970s. Canada Bay Club, formerly known as the Western Suburbs Soccer Club, has played a big part in igniting a passion for soccer and supporting the heritage of our European community.
At its peak the Western Suburbs Soccer Club was the home base, the clubhouse, the meeting point for the Western Suburbs Soccer Association and its 700 members. Players, officials and members would flock to the club after a match to talk tactics, share in their love of the sport and socialise together.
While the rebranding of our club – to Canada Bay Club – came about due to the timely amalgamation of Drummoyne and Concord councils forming the new local area of Canada Bay Council, the influence of the international community and the universal love of soccer have never been lost on Canada Bay Club.
We’re also fiercely committed to providing a fun, friendly space for members to sit back and enjoy the current Premier League competitions from around the world, live on our big screens. Whether it’s cheering AC Milan in the Champions League and watching star striker André Silva hit the back of the net. Or watching Barcelona play, as Lionel Messi works his magic down the field, you’ll never miss a moment of the live action on the big screens at Canada Bay Club.
So plan your next soccer experience with us, relax with a coffee and a bite to eat from one of our dining spots, and share the love of the game.