Juan Carlos Loyola OAM Community Award

2018 Juan Carlos Loyola OAM Award Presentation of award to Vince Manno with Carlos Loyola OAM Congratulations to the winner of the 2018 Juan Carlos Loyola Award for longstanding community service which has been presented to Vince Manno. Since 1990 Vince has been an active committee member of the Victoria Police Soccer Club and contributed to its longevity and success. In 2001 Vince founded the community youth initiative known as the Soccer COPPS Program© and has provided over $400,000 of sporting and giveaways to over 11,600 young people. Vince is a strong advocate and driving force, using soccer as a crime prevention and early intervention strategy, for engaging our young people in positive relationships with the police. The Juan Carlos Loyola OAM Award for Longstanding Community Service is an annual award now in its 7th year. It is presented to a resident of South-East Melbourne who has shown long-term dedication to the local community through their volunteer work. The award is named after Juan Carlos Loyola OAM who has worked tirelessly for more than twenty-five years with the Doveton Special Soccer School.

Congratulation Vince Manno.

Did you know?

Doveton S.S.S had a partnership with  Small Sided FA  and we are developing strategies to increase participation, inclusion and competition within the Access All Abilities aka AAA community?

Make sure you watch this space or even get in touch now!

We’re working with a number of community providers in Melbourne to increase awareness for physical and intellectual AAA and assist in growing engagement through small sided gala days, free sessions and pathways.

If you are, or know someone who is/has;

  • Cerebal Palsy
  • Brain Acquired Injury
  • Stroke
  • Austism
  • Down Syndrome
  • Visually Impaired (totally or partially)
  • Deaf (hard of hearing totally or partially)


  • Mobility – 50 and over who want to keep active aka  “Walking Football”

If you know someone who you think would be interested in what Small Sided Football Association have to offer, please get in touch now!

Email: info@smallsidedfa.com


Call: 03 9794 0066 or 0414 393 700

You are welcome.

The 16th D.S.S.S vs Police SC Game

A comment  from a police officer :

Just wanted to touch base after another fantastic day with the Doveton Special Soccer School on the 8th of April.  Firstly, I hope myself and Jacko were suitable replacements for Ron “the special one” Sinclair.

Thank you to Carlos, volunteers and the other helpers on the day.  The work you guys do is amazing, and it is clear to see how beneficial it is to everyone involved in the Doveton Special Soccer School.  I think I can speak for all the members attending on the day how rewarding it is to see the smiles and laughs from everyone playing soccer.  The facilities at Soccer 5’s is fantastic and I look forward to many more games against the DSSS at this venue.

Thank you once again to Jamie and the team at Melbourne Victory who again showed their commitment to community engagement by providing tickets and merchandise bags on the day.

This is a fantastic annual event that has and will continue to be heavily supported by our club. Thank you once again to all those that played or attended on the day. I know there were a few last-minute drop outs due to uncontrollable events but thanks for putting your hand up anyway!

Thank you once again to everyone involved.




And on behalf of D.S.S.S  we like to thanks to all the police sc players for the commitment and sportsmanship for our players,also thanks Alex and Matt for organized the trip to AMMI Park for the Melbourne Victory vs Wellington Phoenix  ,once again thanks.

Free Soccer Training for six weeks

Any person with disability are welcome for come & try

soccer free of charge staring Sunday 8th of April from 11 am to 1.pm

booking is essential.

Thanks to Everybody to join us.

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I would like to thanks to everyone who come along to celebrated our club 25th Anniversary, was fantastic to see again five of the original players, Belinda,Carmelo,Raymond,Adam James and David.

To those peoples who help our club in the pass and present big THANK YOU.

Doveton Special Soccer School 25th Anniversary

                                                                   By By Casey Neill,Journalist Start News Group

Doveton Special Soccer School has supported the community for the past 25 years.
Founder Juan Carlos Loyola gathered past players and volunteers to celebrate the milestone at Dandenong RSL on Sunday 18 March.
He said about 90 people attended and the club had fielded 1150 players over the years.
“We got five old players who started with us 25 years ago,” he said.
“It was emotional.”
Mr Loyola, 68, started the club for players with intellectual disabilities after retiring from playing in Victoria’s provisional soccer league.
He said the club provided social interaction, hope and friendship.
“When you start working with these people, you fall in love with them,” he said.
“My highlight was to represent my country as head coach of the international team in Sweden and Germany.”
His wife, Christina, encouraged him to start the school and has been by his side throughout the years.
“It’s a family commitment to run the club for 25 years,” he said.
The couple came to Australia in 1977 and still had only basic English skills come 1993.
“It was really, really difficult for us,” he said.
The club didn’t receive much government support, “maybe because we didn’t know how to approach them”, but slowly became known in the community.
Mr Loyola started to receive awards for his work, including the City of Greater Dandenong’s non-citizen of the year in 1999 and City of Casey’s volunteer of the year in 2001.
He received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the 2009 Australia Day honours, and numerous other certificates over the years.
“They opened the door,” he said.
Mr Loyola personally spends about 100 hours a month on club duties.
“The satisfaction just to see the happiness and the smiles in the players, this is the reward,” he said.
“I feel my duty is to keep going in this community.
“I’m more aware now of the necessity of sport for all these people.”
He worries about the services that will be available in 10 years’ time for the young people at the region’s specialist schools today.
“We are not prepared in sport, in accommodation, in work, in transport,” he said.
“All these four things, they are the strong issues that people with a disability face at the moment.
“The problem is with people today, we are too busy.
“Everything has to be in a hurry.
“We forget sometimes that people really need not money, but a few minutes of our time, even to say hell

Back to Training

We like to invite to any person with a disabilities  who love to try to play football      or ( Soccer)  and play games every Sunday this is you opportunity.

Officially we will start in our new home ground at

9 Brindley Street, Dandenong South, 3175, have a look in our facilities


Back to training Saturday 17th of February  from 10 am to 12 noon

( Summer time up to 31st of March) and from 1st of April from 1.30  to 3.30 pm.

This year we will play friendly games, league competition and the all Abilities Cup, Skills Competition and travel to AMMI Park Stadium for the game Melbourne Victory  versus  Willington  by  bus .

In the social  events in April weekend away in Phillip Island.

If you like to be park of a grand soccer club join us.

Special Invitation

Dear  players and  Family’s


Please join us in celebrating the 25th anniversary of Doveton Special Soccer School Inc. on Sunday 18th of March  at  Dandenong RSL ,      44-50 Clow St  from  1 pm to 3.30 pm.

Finger food and drinks will be provided. 

 We plan to make this occasion a special reunion with past and present players and their families who helped to make our soccer club the best in Victoria for players with disabilities. 

 All of you have been an important part of club life and have supported us during our ups and downs and we would like to make this event a memorable one for everyone.

 Hope you can join us and enjoy a wonderful celebration and reunion!

 RSVP before:  Friday 9th of March 2018.                                                        Or Call 0414 393 700 


Kinds Regards


Juan Carlos Loyola  OAM

Director of Soccer

2017 Presentation Night

23rd  Dinner Dance Presentation

Another fantastic night with 225 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 John Filmer Award , went  to a person who gives all the time and efforts  to our  club. This year the Winner was Jessica Caceres congratulation’s you deserved .

We also presented the Neil & Margaret Mulcahy Daisys Gardens supplies Award.

This Award is for the most dedicated family of the year ,  and the winning family was the Pollock 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 set up the hall and support  our club over the last 12 months. Without your help we could not operate the club to the standard that it is.