Brunswick Street Oval redevelopment - have you had your say?
With the traditional home of the famous Fitzroy Football Club about to receive some much needed love and attention (not to mention fit-for-purpose sporting upgrades), and only a few days left for Roys’ fans to have their say about the proposals, we thought it timely to let you know why we think the concept plans are worthy of your support.
Everything will change for the better… but you’ll hardly notice that anything’s changed!
The heritage architects have cleverly designed and planned
with the lightest possible touch. In other words, we’ll get
what we need in terms of new facilities – including our own
clubrooms (at long last) – without changing the look and feel
of our historic ground or the surrounding gardens.
Where there are differences proposed, like behind the grandstand,
it’ll be so much nicer and more useable – for the sporting
clubs and the community.
The ingenious design does not require a new, modern building
to be erected. Instead, our iconic grandstand will
be invigorated in a way that will ensure a long and
happy life for the future, and will hardly look any
different from how it looks now.
The only current building that’s planned for removal is
the out-of-place 1970s community room and its removal
will give greater respect and prominence to the grandstand.
The only area of the Gardens that will be changed is the
rather unsightly and underused area behind the grandstand
– currently a waste of precious space and primarily
used as a car park.
The design allows for two more tennis new courts without
taking up any more ground in the Edinburgh Gardens
than the sporting precinct currently does.
The lovely tennis court club room will be retained and
moved to the new front entrance of the club.
The community will have their own rooms – for parties,
weddings, anything – that looks out onto the park,
while permanent clubrooms for the football clubs
and cricket clubs will overlook the oval.
And the players – men, women, boys and girls –
will have new, state-of-the-art change rooms,
using the currently appallingly designed space
wisely and well.
These are just some of the reasons we ask you to voice your
support for a community project initiated by the community,
with funding from local and state government sought by the
So, check out the draft concept plan for yourself and take
up the City of Yarra’s invitation to have your say!
Check out the details for yourself here: https://www.yoursayyarra.com.au/brunswickstoval
New Director Communications appointed - welcome Kasey!
Sports researcher and
writer, Dr Kasey Symons, has been appointed to the Fitzroy
Football Club Board as the Director Marketing and Communications.
Kasey is a Research Fellow at Swinburne University of Technology
and part of the University’s newly-launched Sport Innovation
With a decade of experience in football communications and
media, Kasey has held various communications roles at the AFL
and the St. Kilda and Western Bulldogs Football Clubs, working
to design campaigns, implement media management strategies
and run social media accounts (including game day live reporting).
Kasey frequently writes on sport – particularly women’s sport
– for The Guardian.
She recently completed her doctorate on the role of women
in sports fan culture and representations of women in sports
Kasey has been involved with Fitzroy this year, first as emcee
for the Women in Footy lunch to start the season and then as
the emcee for the Redlow earlier this month.
President Joan Eddy said the club was delighted with the appointment
of such an accomplished all-rounder, who would bring fresh
energy and ideas to the communications portfolio.
Speaking at the Redlow recently, Kasey said she loved football...
“Because it is more than the game.
“It’s the people you get to talk to before the bounce. It’s
the smell of the grass as you run onto the field. The sound
of that leather smack when the ball hits the boot. The burn
in your chest when you scream ‘Baaaaaall!’ from the sidelines.
It’s putting your arms around your teammates to sing the song.
It’s a top-notch burger from the BBQ. It’s the leaders you
see, on and off the field who inspire you. It’s the connection
to community. It’s bringing people in and sharing a culture.
It’s being a custodian of history. It’s belonging to something
bigger. It’s being part of the team.”
We couldn’t have said it better. Congratulations Kasey.
Vice President Kate Nolan will stay on the Board as Director
Events having also managed the communications and media portfolio
for four seasons.
This brings the Fitzroy Director numbers to 10 – a full complement
under the club’s constitution – for the first time in many
The appointment was to a casual vacancy on the Board. Kasey
will stand for a full appointment to the Board at the AGM on
On the hunt for new Senior Women's and Under 19s coaches
Fitzroy is in the market for Senior Women’s and Under 19s
coaches for 2020, while the Board has recently made several
Senior and Reserves Men’s coaches, Luke Mahoney and Bernie
Carter were appointed to two-year contracts before last season
and will continue in their roles for next season.
The gun support team of Senior Assistant Coach, Michael Manley,
and assistant coaches Karl Jackson and Andrew Pettigrove has
also been reappointed.
After some consideration, due to work commitments Gray Barton
has decided not to continue as the Senior Coach of the Fitzroy-ACU
Women. The Board thanked Gray for his contribution and commitment
during 2019, after he came across from the junior club.
Maeve Barton, who was Fitzroy-ACU Assistant Coach for 2019,
has taken on a role with North Melbourne's women's team.
Both senior women’s coaching roles with Fitzroy-ACU are being
advertised (see below for details).
Simon Jackson is continuing as the Fitzroy-ACU Reserves Coach
with Nathan McLean in support.
Monty Stuart, who made an excellent start in his first year
at Fitzroy as the Under 19s coach, has been snapped up into
the TAC system, as the Assistant Coach of the Under 18s with
the Northern Knights, and his role is now being advertised
Tony Keehan has been reappointed as coach of the Under 23s
and Trent Coleman has been reappointed to his role as coach
of the Thirds.
If you know anyone suitable for the roles below, please encourage
them to apply as soon as possible:
We've put out the call for experienced footballers to join
our senior men's and women's squads for 2020.
The social media campaign has started on Facebook and Instagram
and will run until pre-season starts on Monday 18 November.
If you know anyone who is interested in playing senior football
and would fit in well with the Fitzroy culture and community,
please encourage them to get in touch with one of our senior
coaches or Director Player Recruitment and Wellbeing, Michael Pickering.
As a first step, they can send their details via the website.
Please share our ads on Facebook and Instagram if you see
Pre-season training set to start on 18 November
The coaches aren't wasting a second
of pre-season and have set a schedule of training for the five
weeks leading into Christmas.
Training starts at 6.15pm on Monday 18 November (and on each
Monday until 16 December) at Olney Oval in Fairfield, with
Wednesday's sessions each week on Victoria Park, Abbotsford
at the same time. There will be some additional sessions on
Post-Christmas training will start on Monday 20 January.
All players and teams are expected to train from the start
You can find the full November/December schedule here and on the website.
Order your Fitzroy gear now for Christmas!
It's nearly time to take
off the hoodie and switch to the polo shirt! What? You haven't
got one? Easily fixed.