West Footscray Roosters Juniors
General Information

The Club
West Footscray Roosters is a community based Australian Rules football club competing in the Western Regional Football League. The Roosters Juniors field teams in age divisions from Under-9‘s to under-14’s. The Roosters also field a senior team and is developing Women’s football teams. The club rooms and home ground are located in Shorten Reserve, West Footscray.VisionThe vision of the Roosters is to be a respected and successful member of the Western Region Football league. The Roosters value diversity of thought, experience and culture. The Roosters believe that promoting inclusion and collaboration, by welcoming players and parents from all backgrounds, will increase the success of our club both on the field and in our community.Mission

The West Footscray Roosters aim is to teach, motivate and encourage all our players to work as team members and promote sportsmanship in a family friendly environment.

Code of Conduct

West Footscray Roosters value diversity and promote inclusion. The Roosters aim to provide a safe, secure environment for all members and players to develop as a club and a community.

All Roosters juniors training sessions, matches and official events are alcohol free. Alcohol is permitted to be served in the club rooms at the conclusion of official events.

In addition, verbal or physical abuse or any harassment, vilification of discrimination of any kindwill not be tolerated.

Contravention of this policy will result in immediate expulsion from the immediate location, review of club membership and potential police action.

Training and Matches

All junior teams train twice weekly. Training times are usually 5-6pm on designated training days for your child’s age group. Matches are played on a weekend, with some games played on Friday nights. It is important that your child arrives one hour ahead of their scheduled match time on game days to enable the required administrative work for the league to be completed prior to the scheduled kick-off time.

Volunteering and fundraising

Local community sports clubs rely on volunteers for their very existence. The amount of work required to keep a football club viable and running smoothly is significant. There are no paid positions at West Footscray Roosters Juniors, all work is performed by volunteers. Our club volunteers not only ensure that your child has a safe, friendly and supportive environment to develop their sporting and social skills, but your club is also an integral part of the community you live in. The club is a vital link between parents and families across the community and many members and players develop long lasting support networks based on their involvement with the Roosters.

It is vital that as many parents as possible provide support by volunteering as much time as they can to the running of the club during the football season. There are many and varied ways to get involved, and all support offered will be gratefully accepted. Volunteering is a great way for members to get to know each other and their community, in a supportive and friendly environment.

There are many ways to get involved as a volunteer at your club, each with different levels of time commitment and difficulty to suit your schedule and individual skillset. If you would like to put your hand up for a particular role at the club, or would like more information on what is involved, please send an email to: w.f.roostersjuniors@gmail.com.

  • Coaches and coaching assistants
Teams cannot function without a coach, and your team coach is the most important interface between you, your child and the club. Coaching volunteers are required to run coaching sessions for one hour twice a week, as well as to attend match days (approx. 3-4 hours per match day). Coaches are an important source of motivation for our players and play an important role in developing your child’s technical and social skills. Volunteering as a coach requires some football skills and knowledge, as well as the temperament to wrangle upwards of 20 kids three times per week!
  • Team managers
Team Managers are also an important link between our players, members and the football club. Each team has its own team manager. Along with coaches, your team manager is the person you’ll have most contact with on a weekly basis during your time at the club. Team managers support their coaches by coordinating player lists for their team, ensuring team uniforms are available for games days; and coordinating parent helpers to complete match day tasks which include half time oranges, match umpire (if required), goal umpires, trainers/first aid, timekeepers and washing of team jumpers.
  • Canteen

Your club canteen is an important source of fundraising revenue for the club. The canteen opens on home match days. The canteen is coordinated by members of the club committee, however a large number of helpers are required to staff the canteen during the season. To help ensure adequate staffing levels in the canteen this season, ALL families will be required to undertake ONE CANTEEN DUTY AND ONE BBQ DUTY.  There will be two people rostered on for the canteen at all times so you will not be on your own.

This helps spread the load of servicing the canteen each week and ensures that we get to know as many volunteers as possible working with the club each season. If you volunteer for another role in the club, you will not be required to perform these mandatory duties in the canteen/BBQ.

The canteen managers will create a home game roster as soon as the fixture becomes available to us and you will have the opportunity to select a preferred day to complete your duties. If you do not select a time, the canteen managers will roster you in to an available time slot.

If you are unable to do your duty on the allocated date, it is your responsibility to arrange a swap with someone else. You are also required to inform the canteen managers of your roster change.

If you are rostered on to canteen duty, you are to present to the canteen 20 minutes before the game starts to familiarise yourself with the tasks required and to begin food preparation.

Please note: Young children are not permitted in the canteen food preparation area for safety reasons. You will need to arrange another family member/friend to supervise your children while you are on duty.

A detailed handbook is available in the canteen at all times and basic cooking skills are all that are required.

  • Committee

The junior committee is responsible for the overall management and organisation of the club, both during the football season and over the off-season. Volunteering to be a committee member is a rewarding experience that will enable you to participate in all aspects of the functioning of the club as an organisation. Committee members also contribute to the future direction of the club and have a say in key decisions being made during the season and beyond. The committee meets all year round, though meetings are more frequent during the season and up to presentation day each year. Being a committee member is a great way to participate in your club and to be a part of making sure our club endures into the future.


League and club registration is performed online and is a two-step process. The first step is to pay your registration fee with Western Region Football League (first time members will need to register for membership as well). Once registered with the league, you need to then apply for membership with the Roosters and pay your club membership fee.

League registration is $12.50 and club membership is $200 for 2018 season. There is a discount for families with multiple children playing for the Roosters – a second child’s membership fees are $150 and each subsequent child is $50.

As a result of the changes negotiated by the junior committee last year, junior player membership entitles one adult per family to full membership of the West Footscray Football Club with voting rights. This will ensure parents have a strong voice in influencing the future direction of our club.

All Aboard Fund

The all aboard fund is a fund managed by the committee to help families who have difficulty paying club membership fees, which would otherwise exclude their child from participating in the club. The fund is supported by club members who make voluntarily donations to the fund as part of their registration process.
Access to the fund is administered confidentially. Please send any all aboard enquiries to wfrjregistrar@gmail.com


  • Team jumpers
Football jumpers are owned by the club and made available for teams each week for matches. Cleaning of the jumpers weekly is the responsibility of each team, and team managers will coordinate this within each team.
  • Team shorts/socks
Shorts and socks need to be purchased from the club for each player. Information regarding the availability and prices for these items will be provided at the start of the season.
  • Football boots
Each player is responsible for supplying their own football boots. Football boots are not required when training starts – your team coach will advise when football boots must be used.
Football boots must not be worn in the club rooms.
  • Game and training equipment
The club provides all game and training equipment. Specific equipment is assigned to each team and is managed by each team’s manager and coach. Parents play an important role in ensuring that their team equipment does not go missing or get damaged during the season. Training and match days can sometime be chaotic and it is each parents responsibility to make sure that their team equipment is always within the control of someone from that team, and returned when not in use.
  • Mouthguards

Every player is also required to provide a mouthguard. Mouthguards are a mandatory item that each child must have and use to be able to participate in club matches. It is highly recommended that mouthguards are worn by each player for training sessions as well.Merchandise

Roosters merchandise is available from the club and is a really good way to show pride in and support your football club. Items available include club hoodies, beanies and scarves.
More information will be available at the start of the season.

Club Feedback, Questions and Dispute Resolution

Your team manager is your first point of contact for all matters relating to your team. Your team manager and coach are also responsible for addressing any disputes or grievances you wish to raise with the club.

Should your team manager and coach be unable to resolve a reported issue, you can escalate your concerns to the committee by emailing w.f.roostersjuniors@gmail.com.

Any issue submitted to the committee for resolution will be reviewed by the club secretary, and presented at the next scheduled committee meeting. Depending on the nature of the issue, the committee may resolve the issue, or nominate a framework and process for the issue to be addressed and a resolution reached.

All parties involved in a dispute will be advised of the outcome or process for resolution once the committee has decided on how to proceed in each instance.