AA Soccer Day 2022

Congratulations everyone! Another brilliant day of soccer for all was once again delivered by AASA on Saturday 2nd April 20022 at our home venue Soccer5s Dandenong. Over 200 participants from 15 teams took part in the 2022 All Abilities Soccer Day from players through to family & friends from across South East Melbourne.

AA Soccer Day is all about providing a FREE all inclusive event for the local community to be a part of, make new friendships, socialise, keep active and enjoy a fantastic soccer experience. Plus, every participating player was provided with a medal as a memento for their participation at the soccer day.

A huge amount of effort to organise from so many people helped made this happen, but we’d like to thank the support of City of Greater Dandenong Council for providing much needed funding to allow for this to happen.

A special mention to our guest who kicked off the soccer day proceedings acknowledging the AA community and contribution, Labor State Member for Dandenong Ms Gabrielle Williams.

Teams then went to their grounds to play out their draw in the round robin from 10.30-1pm. Each team got to play against a similar graded team which included Division 1 & 2 7-a-side, Social 5-a-side and a Mini Roos 7-a-side.

“Today was a very special day for all involved in the all abilities community. After a very tough two years with the pandemic hitting us all so hard, it was incredible to re-untied with so many of the community that we haven’t spent any time with or played soccer against. It was also fantastic to see new faces playing too along, kicking goals for their social, mental and physical well being. Well done to all involved and thank you ”

– AA Soccer Academy Director of Soccer Juan Carlos Loyola OAM 

We’d like to thank all the All Abilities Soccer Community for their fantastic support on the day, which despite the Melbourne weather was an incredible turn out.

Participating Clubs; All Abilities Soccer Academy, DOC Academy, Frankston Pines, Small Sided FA, Hampton Park Utd Sparrows, Northern Falcons and Glen Eira AA.

Should you wish to learn more about AA Abilities Soccer Academy please reach out for more information

29 Years On












AA Soccer Academy Director of Soccer Juan Carlos Loyola AOM;

“It all started on 3rd March 1993 as a coach. I came from a great disappointment with another organisation and together with my enthusiasm and passion I decided to form a football group for people with special needs. The then Principal of Emerson Special school liked my ideas and he gave me permission to practice once a week. However on this occasion, together with the parents’ association of the school decided that together with my players we had to look for a new home.

I approached Doveton Soccer Club and found from the entire committee members the necessary support that lasted 24 years. I have to thank all the people of Doveton SC infinitely, then what follows is the story of an organisation dedicated to providing  sports service to everyone in the community who needs it.

Hundreds of people passed through our club in the 29 years, who all, in one way or another enjoyed the sports and social part. Many of our athletes represented the state of Victoria in many competitions and also many proudly represented Australia in International competitions. New projects are now underway for special community groups and special schools.

I must thank many people who were in the past for all that has been achieved by our organisation and all those who continue to help as volunteers in the present and I personally thank them with all my heart.

A very happy 29th anniversary all connected and thank you for giving me as a coach and person the privilege of being able to help many people. CONGRATULATIONS!”


A New Era

Hello Members and all connected to our community,
I have some exciting news for all of you. After 29 years of being Doveton Special Soccer School , it’s time for change.
The club has the new name of All Abilities Soccer Academy or will also be known as AA Soccer Academy Incorporated.
You will  see our new logo and branding , but nothing else will change for the players. Training will be at the same place and time.

Our committee have engaged a marketing company to promote our club. 2022 will see new programs running for Junior members, promoting the club through community programs , running soccer clinics at special schools.

An re-fresh of features and branding on our website and Facebook page coming soon.

If you require any further information ,please contact Carlos or myself.

Kind regards
Wendy Phillips

Australia Day Award 2022

I would like to thank all the people for helping me for many years in my community work like to share with them this award.

Raymond and David

Everything comes to an end and so it happened with 2 of our players, Raymond, and David after belonging to our club for 25 years they decided to retire from active soccer practice, together with their parents Graham and Faye they will be missed all every weekend.                                                              On behalf of our entire board of directors, we wish to them the best of luck and thanks for having been at the club for so long.


Name: Jayden
Country Of Birth: Australia

Jayden joined Doveton Special Soccer Club in 2008 at the age of 10.

With an English Grandad who loves soccer, he and Jayden were kicking a ball in the backyard or park from the time he could walk, and there started his love for soccer. With Jayden’s disability fine motor skills are an issue for him, so with soccer involving more gross motor skills, this gave Jayden a chance to enjoy and succeed at an activity.

Jayden has loved attending the club each week learning and improving on learnt skills, always giving 120% whether it’s training or playing a game.

He was selected & played for the Victorian Soccer Team in the 2014 Special Olympics.

His love for sport also earned him The Prestigious Pierre De Coubertin Award in 2015.

Jayden has played in interstate games with both the Victorian Soccer Team and Doveton Special Soccer Club, as well as an overseas trip to China.

Jayden loves soccer and the friendships he has made within the club.

Jayden’s other big interest is riding his mountain bike.

As parents it has been great to see Jayden achieve different successes, gain social skills and been given such great opportunities through the club, as well as the actual physical improvements it’s helped with his disability.




Name: Tanie

Country of birth: Australia

Tanie was born on the 10th November 1993 in Melbourne.

Tanie has autism, intellectual disability, ADHD and epilepsy.

Very energetic and loves sport. Started with Doveton Special Soccer School 15 years ago. He decided to be the goalkeeper very early on, maybe the 2nd year of playing. He’s very dedicated and enthusiastic about playing soccer, always gives more than 100% when training or playing games. He lives for soccer.

It’s very satisfying to see him improve so much, from a child who had tantrums, anger outbursts to the player he became now, as the director of soccer opinion he is one of best in Australia.



Name: Brooke

Country of birth: Australia

Nickname: Bruce

I joined Doveton Special Soccer School in 2008, Mum did not think I was going to like it after the first training I attended but I loved it.

Shortly after I started at the club, I broke my ankle at home and needed surgery on it, so I had to stop soccer for a while.

I re-joined the club in 2009, I was injury free for a while and then in 2014 I fractured some bones in my foot at training and was in a moon boot for many months and could not play soccer, I was not incredibly happy.

I really enjoy soccer each Saturday, Carlos is my friend as well as my coach.

My dad coaches me and sometimes he says to me if I do not score a goal I have to walk home.

I have made lots of friends at soccer and have also been on lots of trips with the club.

I have been to China, and I also went at 2010 to Adelaide and played for Victoria in the Special Olympics.

Doveton Special Soccer School has become an especially important part of my life and I look forward to it every week.

My other interests are dancing, Melbourne Storm, going on outings and spending time with my family and pets.

Juan Carlos Loyola OAM

  • 1992 3MP Easy music award ( community work) **
  • 1999 Non-Resident citizen of the year award from city of Dandenong. **
  • 2000 Nomination for citizen of the year City Of Casey
  • 2001 D. S.S.S nomination community event of the year City Of Casey
    2001 Volunteer of the year award City Of Casey **
  • 2001 Certificate of appreciation government Of Victoria.
  • 2001 Special invitation by the Governor honourable John Landy.
  • 2002 Event of the Year City of Casey.
  • 2003 Centenary of Federation Medal Award. **
  • 2003 Named Australia Head Soccer Coach National Team People With Intellectual Disability
  • 2004 Australia Head Soccer Coach INAS-FID Global Games ,Bollnas, Sweden
  • 2004 Tattersall’s Enterprise Archived Award. **
  • 2005 Volunteers for 2006 Commonwealth Games Medal Presentation Award **
  • 2005 Australia Head Soccer Coach INAS-FIF World Cup Germany 2006
  • 2006 Toyota Local Hero Commonwealth Games.
  • 2006 Vic Sport Nomination, Victorian Sport Leadership Award
  • 2007 Herald Sun Pride Of Australia Medal Nomination
  • 2009 The Order Australia Medal Award **
  • 2009 Holt Australia Day Awards **
  • 2012 Nomination for citizen of the year City Of Casey
  • 2012 City Of Casey Sportsperson of the year
  • 2012 Award **
  • 2013 City Of Casey Australia Day Community Service Award **
  • 2013 Longstanding Community Service Award **
  • 2014 Nomination for citizen of the year City Of Casey
  • 2014 Disability Sport Recreation Finalist Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2015 Finalist Award Coach of the year Disability Sport Recreation .

Cristina Loyola

Cristina Loyola is one of the founders of Doveton Special School since its inception in 1992, she was always and is present in everything that our club involves in, she always chose the best for our members, she also suffered many deprivations due to the desire to carry the organization forward, from washing the shirts, helping to prepare the playing field, helping in the competition skills, first aid, being an active bbq helper to raise funds for the club and a fundamental participant in organizing our 25th annual presentations, organizing gifts, presenting medals preparing the hall, and also selecting the food for all these events.

Cristina one of the most significant contributions was working hard on the project; the China2019 friendship trip, all the time Cristina is ready to help any person living with a disability and all the community in general.