Friendly soccer game in Doveton

Saturday 20th of August   Doveton Special Soccer School  received   Northern Falcons S.C  for other soccer game  was a good tune-up for our players ( before travel to Darebin International Sports Complex) the seniors won 16-1 , congratulation to all the players for the sportsmanship on the day.


Friendly Soccer Day.

 Date: Saturday 27th August

Time: 9am – 12:30pm

Venue: Darebin International Sports Complex,                                                                                          Pitch 2 at John Cain Memorial Park.                                                                                                  Please enter via Darebin Road, and park in front of the Main Entrance.

Fixture: 9.30am -FF Victoria v Doveton

10.30am – FF Victoria v Wangaratta

11.30am – Wangaratta v Doveton



On Saturday 30th of July  and  under our community program we played the  annual Challenge Cup against City of Casey Councillors.                                                                           This time our team  won the game  14-3 and Doveton Special Soccer School                            will keep the cup for one year.                                                                                                                Many supporters and families attended the Challenge Cup.Cup.                                                       C.F.Casey foto                              C.O.Casey and D.sss                                                                                  The community program is designed to raise awareness in the broader public about people with a disability and the fact they can play and enjoy sport.

Mount Martha come to Doveton

On Saturday 2nd of   July  under our community program we received the visited of Mount Martha Soccer Club at Icon Arena Indoor Sport . Was fantastic see all the players join together in skills training and one hour soccer games ,the highlight of the day

was the sportsmanship of the two clubs members, this show that not only they  learn to play soccer but also  developed social skills .                                                                                  Attendees( familiars and Friends)  appreciated the dedication  and effort of  the players.

The community program is designed to raise awareness in the broader public about people with a disability and the fact they can play and enjoy sport.                                                   Our special thanks to Mount Martha S.C for accepted the invitation ,the doors are open now for many more games in the future.

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.”