10th Annual Friendship Day

It is our pleasure to announce the Doveton Special Soccer School will hold its 10th Annual Friendship Day on Friday 1st November. It will be held at our ground at Waratah Reserve, Doveton.

Special Schools participating include Ashwood Special School, Berendale School, Emerson School, Doveton S.S.S, Marenbek S.S and Wangaratta S.S.

Community organisations involved include Blairlogie, Kalimna and P.A.S.T

Our players will participate in Divisions 1-2 and 4.

It’s sure to be a great day, with around 150 people expected to attend.

We will be holding an opening ceremony before the day starts.

It would be great to have families and supporters come along, and if any help can be done on the day it would be greatly appreciated. Volunteers will need to report to club rooms for registration by 7.30am, with teams to get ready at 9.40am. The Opening Ceremony will be at 10.20am and games will commence at 11am.

If players need a letter from us regarding school or work, please contact any committee member.

Day with St Kevin’s

On Saturday September 7 Doveton Special Soccer School played against St Kevin’s. A fun day was had by all.


Liverpool Foundation Visit

Please find below some of the news story in the local Berwick News which covered this great event at Doveton Special Soccer School. Thanks again to everyone who helped out and Liverpool Foundation for visiting the school! For the full story, please click on the link at the bottom.


Liverpool kicks in

It was the type of visit too good to be a dream.

Just like the MCG that night, Waratah Reserve was ‘painted red’ last Wednesday (24 July) to welcome the Liverpool Football Club (FC) Foundation for a once-in-a-lifetime training session with the Doveton Special Soccer School (SSS).

Doveton coach Juan Carlos Loyola said the Liverpool visit was one of the biggest highlights in his 20-year tenure with the SSS.

“The Liverpool visit came up and we took the opportunity. This is really good not just for our players but for our community here in Casey,” Mr Loyola said.

To read the rest of the story, please visit – http://berwicknews.starcommunity.com.au/news/2013-07-26/liverpool-kicks-in/

Liverpool FC Foundation Visit


Liverpool FC Foundation are coming to visit Doveton Special Soccer School for a special training session on 24 July 2013 at Waratah Reserve, Doveton, as part of Liverpool’s first visit to Australia. Ricardo Balancy announced the great news to the school’s volunteers and supporters on Saturday 6 July.

Casey Council are working with us and the Doveton Soccer Club to ensure the venue is in top shape. The council are inviting soccer fans from Casey and beyond to attend the training session and cheer on our players as they receive specialist training from the Liverpool FC Foundation Community Coaches as part of their Football for All program.

Visit their website to for more information regarding this fantastic program.


Following the session, fans will be able to meet with Liverpool FC Foundation coaches, mascot and if they’re lucky, some legends from the club.

City of Casey Mayor Cr Amanda Stapledon said ‘We’re very excited about this event and the opportunity it provides for residents of Casey to participate in, learn about and watch sport in their own backyard’.  She went on to Congratulate Ricardo Balancy and the Doveton Special Soccer School for securing this visit for the benefit of all Casey residents.

Doveton Special Soccer School would like to thank Mr Ricardo Balancy for his hard work in securing the event.

Date:   Wednesday 24 July 2013

Time:  2.00 pm to 4.00 pm

Venue: Waratah Reserve, Doveton Avenue, Doveton

Cost:   Gold coin donation on entry to the Doveton Special Soccer School

Sydney Trip

Doveton SSS travelled to Sydney over the weekend of 25-26 May to compete in the McAlpine Cup Futsal Tournament.

With a group of 54 people travelling overnight to Sydney, we arrived two hours before the games began, presenting three teams on the day in three different divisions.

At the end of the day, Doveton SSS finished Runners Up in the Juniors, Runners Up in the Intermediate and Third in the Seniors. All teams received medals regardless of the final position.

Congratulations to all the players for their commitment to the games and sportsmanship throughout the day. We would like to thank coaches, committee members and support parents. As a gift for our 20th Anniversary, Doveton SSS paid in full the expense of the trip for all players and coaches.


Gippsland Visit

Doveton Special Soccer School held a friendly game on 18th May against Special Olympics Gippsland Region, under very good weather.

Both teams enjoyed the day, and after the game players, supporters and coaches got together for a sausage sizzle with cakes and drinks.

The teams promised to meet again soon for another game. Doveton SSS won the day 11-1.


Next game against ‘Gippy’ 18th May

We will be playing the team from ‘Special Olympics Victoria Gippsland Region’ on Saturday 18th May at Waratah Reserve, Doveton Ave, Doveton.

Kick off will be at 12.30pm and we will have a BBQ, tea, coffee and cakes for attendees.

Also note we have updated the Player of the Month Page with players for April and March. Congratulations, Dylan and James!

McAlpine Cup, 25th May

Doveton SSS will travel to Blacktown, Sydney on May 24th-26th for the McAlpine Cup Futsal Tournament. We are participating with the senior, intermedium and junior teams. All the players and coaches compete free of charge – 56 people take part in the group.


Juan Carlos Loyola OAM Award

From Luke Donnellan MP, State Member for Narre Warren North and Shadow Minister for Roads, Road Safety and the TAC:

“The Juan Carlos Loyola OAM Award for Community Service will be an annual award presented to a resident of South-East Melbourne who has shown a 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 twenty years with the Doveton Special Soccer School and is presented by the State Member of Parliament for Narre Warren North, Luke Donnellan.

The Doveton Special Soccer School was founded in March 1993 by Mr Loyola and gives young people with a disability an opportunity to learn to play soccer.

Mr Loyola originally arrived in Australia from Argentina in 1977 and started working with the disabled in 1989. By 1990 he was working with the Special Olympics as the State Coach while also playing in the state soccer league for Brunswick.

A resident of Endeavour Hills, Mr Loyola’s motivations to help the disabled participate in soccer came out of a desire to see people with a disability enjoy the happiness that others could experience while playing sport, and not feel like second class citizens.

The Doveton Special Soccer School has been highly successful over the past 20 years, involving hundreds of young people across the South-East in sport and teaching them to play soccer.

The School has a proud history and is going from strength to strength, with 19 players in the past 7 years representing the Australia across the world.
The inaugural award will be presented to Mr Loyola on Wednesday March 27.
The committee for selection of the award in future years will be Luke Donnellan MP, State Member for Narre Warren North, Juan Carlos Loyola, and local resident Tricia Clarke.