“Altona Football Club (which includes the Altona Junior Football club) was established in 1918 and will celebrate our centenary year in 2018.
We are a community based club taking pride in our role of developing kids from as young as 8 years through to our seniors. We provide all our junior & senior members and their families, a place that is safe & fun. We provide a sense of belonging, teamwork & discipline as our player’s progress through the age groups improving their skills along the way.
We take pride in how each of our teams conducts themselves on the field, culminating in many premierships including 18 senior premierships. Our commitment to player development has also bred individual player success with many players selected for Interleague, Western Jets, TAC Cup, and ultimately progressing to VFL & AFL selection.
With assistance from the Altona council, AFL, our loyal sponsors and volunteers we will start major works this year on upgrading our 50 year old clubrooms. The upgrades will include female change rooms and family friendly facilities. Unfortunately this upgrade does not include a scoreboard. Our old scoreboard which saw many games over its 50 year history was condemned at the end of the 2013 season and unceremoniously torn down. Since then we have worked with a makeshift scoreboard which often cannot be seen from around the ground and exposes our scoreboard attendants, who are of course volunteers, to all manner of weather. Over the past 2 years we have established a score board fund and raised funds via a Wishing Well, selling sausages at Bunnings, some sponsorship donations and pledges. We had unsuccessfully applied for a grant via the Holden Home Grown Advantage which provides funds for sporting clubs. This HHGA grant is available to all sporting clubs Australia wide and unfortunately, there is just not enough money to go around. The Altona Football Club’s oval is an excellent surface to play on and as a result we have hosted junior and senior finals and Interleague games. However as our temporary score board is not to standard, we have had to hire mobile scoreboards during these finals. Continuing football operations without complete infrastructure severely jeopardizes our chances of hosting more of these marquee games which in turn hinders our revenue raising. The Altona Football Club is considered one of the leading sporting clubs in the west and its many members, volunteers and families would greatly benefit from having a facility that is reflective of our on & off field success. A facility the Altona Community can be proud of – well at least for the next 50 years! Our goal is to procure a state of the art electronic scoreboard which are valued in excess of $40,000 and will therefore seek a $20,000 grant. The Altona Football Club has committed to match the Stronger Community Grant dollar for dollar if we are fortunate enough to be successful. ”