Cash helps maintain their pride

Cash helps maintain their pride by Cam Lucadou-Wells (Dandenong Journal Newspaper)

There’s a lofty, abiding aim at Doveton Special Soccer School to give its players the best – without cost to their families.

That aim has been achieved in the past and will be reached a little easier in the future thanks to a record $27,700 grant from Dandenong Club on 13 May.

The grant will help cover complete soccer kits and tracksuits, soccer balls, ground and indoor facility hire this winter, as well as a $15,000 interstate trip to national championships in October for the school’s 30 players and five coaches.

Founder and coach Juan Carlos Loyola OAM  said his players will wear their new uniforms with pride.

“The grant is a tremendous help for us. It means we can continue to help families of intellectually disabled kids.

“The enjoyment of our players comes first and this donation will fulfill their dream to play away as we can now travel to Launceston to compete in October”

The donation signified how much the soccer club’s reputation had grown since its founding in 1993, Mr Loyola said.

About a thousand players have been through the club in that period. Eight have represented Australia, flown over at the club and its sponsors’ expense.

That kind of dedication has earned the club and Mr Loyola countless community awards including an OAM. It also costs up to $55,000 a year run the club.

“It’s money that’s difficult to find. Now our present is good and our future fantastic.”

The Argentinean-born founder’s goal from the start was to give kids with an intellectual disability a chance to enjoy soccer – in training and in games.

“But I wanted to give them the best. They deserve the quality of opportunity like any of us.”

In that time, the club has grown to be the biggest of its type in the state, and one of the biggest in the country.

“We are not necessarily there to make a star player, but to prepare these people to be up there in the community and to enjoy a normal life.”

Players learn the qualities of team sport that transpose into work and life – discipline, sharing, communication and understanding other people.

“We are here to give service to the community and make a big difference and I think I done all ready. We’re teaching our players to enjoy life – that’s the main thing.”

The grant was facilitated by Dandenong MP Gabrielle Williams after meeting Community Clubs Victoria president Leon Wiegard.

Dandenong Club president Charlie Daly said the grant was part of nearly $100,000 given back to the community in the past two years.

“It is with great pride we donate this money, and we wish the Doveton Special School the best of luck in their games.

“We are happy to see the smiles of the athletes.”

Docfootball Tournoment


Saturday 21st of May we traveled to Watsonia where the DocFootball Academy hosted the second soccer tournament with the participation of few our clubs.

We took three teams and they played fantastic and also enjoyed a wonderful soccer day,congratulation to all the player for won the cup and show excellent sportsmanship in every games,congratulation to the organization to made possible the games and we compromise our participation next year. Special thanks to all the parents and carers for support the club

Well deserved donation

Doveton Special Soccer School would like to thank the Dandenong Club for their very generous donation.

The Dandenong club presented a cheque of $27,700.00 to our club at the Doveton Soccer grounds.

We would also like to thank all the people involved in helping the club to receive this donation.

Gabriella Williams MP, State member for Dandenong.

Richard Amon CEO  Disability Sport and Recreation

The Board of the Dandenong club.

Ian Cohen  CEO Cozalive Media and Communication

This funding will enable the club to provide many opportunities to people with a disability to play soccer. The club often has to travel long distances to play games, even going interstate and this can be expensive, many of our family’s just can’t afford the cost.

Our new tracksuits with the DC logo on it look very smart as well.

We will wear it with pride.

Annual Police Game

The annual VPSC v Doveton Special Soccer School match was played in beautiful conditions on the main pitch at Waratah Reserve. After losing EVERY one of these games since 2001, VPSC were in the mood to finally break their luck and put  a strong side. The first 10 minutes were cagey, with VPSC having more of the ball, but making a few uncharacteristic mistakes at the back creating  number of close calls, the police team again took control   but the DSSS keeper was having an outstanding game and saved everything they  could throw at him.

DSSS took advantage of the police defenders taking a quick nap on the back line to  the first goal of the game. From here the flood gates opened, with both teams trading goals. Following some suspicious refereeing decisions, Andy the central defender lost the plot and gave away a penalty with the accompanying yellow card probably a little lenient!

Into the second half both teams played fantastic football. At was a at  busy time for the goalkeepers and was no real surprise when the game finished DSSS 9 – VPSC 7.

Sporting handshakes, a delicious BBQ and cakes, then off to AAMI Park to watch MVFC v Newcastle Jets.

Special thanks to Ron Sinclair for organizing a wonderful day for Doveton Special Soccer School members. It was a really great day.

Special thanks to all the police members who donated their time to play the game, once again on behalf of our club THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

Back to training

Very happy new year to all our players and supporters .

We are back to training Saturday 13th of February 2016, from 10am to 12 noon( this time is only for summer time and end Saturday March 26th).

All the training and games are in Waratah Reserve, Doveton .

From April 2nd our training will be back to normal time from 1.30pm to 3.30 pm.

From June 4th to September 24th our trainings will be indoor with no extra cost to the players and the time will be from 1pm to 3pm.

For any information about the club or if like to join us please contact the soccer director  by calling 0414 393 700

Presentation Night

21st Dinner Dance November 21st

Another fantastic night with 250 people joining our club for a night of dinner and dancing.We have received great feedback about the night. We had many new people attending for the first time and they were very impressed.

This year the whole club got to vote for the John Filmer Award. This Award goes to a person who gives their all to the club.

This year the Winner was Juan Carlos Loyola OAM our soccer director. We also presented the Neil & Margaret Mulcahy Daisys Gardens supplies award.

This Award is for the most dedicated family. All club members cast their votes and the winning family was the Phillips Family.

Congratulations to all the award winners on the night, they are all well deserved.

A great big thank you to all the people that that have volunteered time to our club over the last 12 months. Without your help we could not operate the club to the standard that it is.

Friendship Day

November 6th

160 participants from Special schools and local adult community day programs attended the 12th Friendship Day.

The weather was not to kind to us and at one stage it looked like the day would have to be cancelled It drizzled all day but this didn’t dampen the spirit of the game or the participant but all the games were completed and each participant took home a medal.

It was a wonderful day and a BBQ lunch was provided for all.

Thank you to all involved for making this day a success,special to the seven officials referee for donated the time to be with us.