FAQ

Ellenbrook United F.C.

Questions & Answers

If we haven’t addressed your query here, then please visit our website www.eufc.org.au for the latest news and info.  If you still can’t find what you’re looking for then email us at website secretary@eufc.org.au.

IMPORTANT: 

To secure a place on an EUFC team, the player must –

  • have been graded or been to trials (for teams that are applicable); and
  • register with EUFC at www.myfootballclub.com.au online (see also www.eufc.org.au/register); and
  • pay their membership fees in full (or entered a payment plan) prior to team selection.

For a team to be entered into a Football West Competition, the team must have –

  • a Head Coach; and
  • an Assistant Coach; and
  •  a Team Coordinator.

Without a coach, assistant coach and team coordinator a squad will not be formed. If you child is in a squad that does not have the required volunteers, you will be notified by email and requested to assist.  If suitable volunteers are not found, you will be refunded your membership fees and the team will be disbanded.

NOTE: Your child is a member of EUFC not of a particular Team.  Throughout the season your child may be required to play in a different squad from time to time or move to another squad for several different reasons.

Code of Conduct

At EUFC we strive to develop footballers and develop our juniors to take their sporting discipline and attitudes into other parts of their developing lives, making them good citizens and role models for the future juniors of EUFC.  Although EUFC is an amateur and volunteer run club, we strive to build a professional attitude and culture.  It’s the small things that make us great, we have an expectation that all members, supporters and staff abide by the club core values.  See http://eufc.org.au/wear-the-badge-with-pride/ for further information on the code of conduct and the club’s Wear the Badge with Pride initiative.

 

Q: Who runs the club?

Ellenbrook United F.C. is a not for profit organisation run by volunteers. When registering as a member, we require that you contribute to the maintenance, operations and values of the club by complying with policies, procedures and code of conduct. It is important to support the Club to ensure that all members enjoy their football safely, learn the game and benefit from playing a team sport, no matter what squad or age group.

Committee members are nominated and voted in each year at the club AGM.

 

Q: When does the season start?

The competition season generally runs from around April to September, however we do have pre-season training and out of season tournaments from time to time. Dates are subject to Football West Schedule and subject to change.

 

Q: When and where are games played?

Small-Sided games (SSG) (U6 – U7) are played in an in-house competition at the home ground on Saturday mornings in Ellenbrook. Fixtures will be available closer to the start of the season, however please note that times and schedules may change.

Other than SSG, all junior, youth, Senior, and State League games are as per the home and away league fixtures.

The current home ground is the Ellenbrook Sports Hub – Cashman Ave, Ellenbrook.

 

Q: When do we train?

Training days and times will be released soon as possible, generally during player registration time. Teams from U6 to U9 usually train a minimum of once per week, with the remaining teams training 2 times per week. Training times will vary by age and training is primarily held at EUFC Home Ground. All details for training will be provided to you by the coach. Parents are encouraged to assist the coach in training for younger teams.

It is also important to note that players are expected to be prompt on time for training and games. A minimum of 15min prior to training and minimum 30min before game time.

Training times and dates are indicative only and are subject to change depending on pitch availability and coach’s availability (coaches have their own full time jobs as well as volunteering for the club).

 

Q: How much does membership cost?

Under 6 & Under 7 $260
Under 8 – Under 11 $330
Under 12 – Under 16 $375
NPL Under 12 – Under 16 $620

 

Q: What do I get in my membership?

Member fees include

  • 1x Pair of Game Day Socks,
  • 1x Pair of Game Day Shorts,
  • 1x training uniform (Shirt and Shorts),
  • Club membership,
  • Insurance,
  • Game day costs (e.g. Referee fees),
  • Council fees and full member expenses,
  • Contribution towards club equipment.

Game Day Shirts are provided, but remain property of EUFC which are to be returned at the end of season.

Items to be purchased separately

  1. Club Track Jacket,
  2. Club Bag

(Jacket and bag compulsory items – part of the club uniform).

 

Q: If I decide to withdraw after registering, can I get a refund?

Generally EUFC have a no refund or exchange policy on membership. All requests for refunds must be submitted in writing to the Club Secretary stating the reasons for the request and why the special dispensation is to be granted. The Executive Committee will consider such requests and where fees can be refunded, amounts will be deducted for costs already incurred.

Simple change of mind, not wanting to play anymore, I don’t like my coach etc. do not warrant a refund. NOTE: Refunds are not provided due to injury in early season which prevents a player playing. Regardless of where the injury is sustained.

 

Q: What is the minimum age for registration?

We accept registrations for children who turn 5 years old in the year of registration.

 

Q: My child is young and hasn’t played football before – how can he/she get started?

SSG offers the chance to learn skills & get started playing football, without the element of competition, as well as the Junior, Youth and Senior squads we encourage participation, learning and fun!  There is an element of competition football in the older age groups from 11’s onwards, which encourages team spirit, humble in victory and gracious in defeat. Although we are here to learn and have fun, part of life lessons is that we strive to be our best and that we sometimes win and we sometimes lose.

 

Q: What age group will my child play in?

Your child will play in the age group they are turning or have turned in the year registration.
Example: Child turns 10 on 6 January 2016, then he/she will register for under 10’s. Child turns 10 on 29 December 2016, then he/she will register for 10’s.

It is NOT like school enrolment age groups.

Girls playing in mixed-gender teams can opt to play one age group younger than their age group.

 

Q: What’s Trials and Grading’s? Does my child need to have experience playing football before joining?

No, your child does not need prior experience. We are here to coach football.

We do have multiple squads in same age groups and with the number of kids there are variance in skill set. Therefore the squads are placed in leagues that require certain levels of skill and ability, especially as kids get into 10’s and up.

Grading’s are conducted to place kids in relevant squads with similar skill sets. This way they develop together playing in a league with similar ability players. The purpose of grading is to achieve (as best we can) a balance so that talented players are challenged and players less skilful are playing in an environment that they feel comfortable and valued.

Under 6s – 11’s are encouraged to register online as soon as possible to avoid disappointment as squad placement is limited.

As the players move to Under 12’s and up, Trials are conducted for all teams.  As much as we’d like to accept everyone, we don’t have infinite resources therefore we need to be a bit selective.

Criteria is not on skill alone, we want to be sure we have the right attitudes and good people in our club.

There’s a lot that goes into trailing a player, so don’t let the word trial detract you from giving it a go!
Generally for Under 12’s and up, we have a maximum of 3 squads being an NPL team (elite), a 1
st Div team and a community team for the social player.

11’s and up are encouraged to register for the open sessions and successful candidates will receive a letter of acceptance, to which the player will then be invited to register.

 

Q: Do I need to register and trail if I played last season?

You MUST GRADE (OR TRIAL) and REGISTER EACH YEAR. Because you played for EUFC last season or for X amount of years, does not guarantee you placement in a squad or special dispensation.  Nor is it a given, that you will be playing in the same squad with your previous team mates or have the same coach.

 

Q: Can my child play in a team with his/her friends?

With so many members it is difficult to meet everyone’s demands. Our policy is to provide best efforts to place friends in the same team (should squad places permit). Should a player be in a higher league squad and the friend(s) be in a second or 3rd league squad the player in the higher league would have to opt to play in the friend’s 2nd or 3rd league squad. We cannot push players up for the sake of playing with a friend.

 

Q: When will I know what team my child is in?

Following registration and grading, players will then be assigned to squads. This information will be announced on our website or via email from the coach prior to the start of the pre-season.

 

Q: What equipment do I need to buy?

You will need Shin Pads, Boots and Football Socks (for training only, game day socks are supplied)(socks can be purchased through the club).

Boots and Shin pads are mandatory, a player cannot train or play without both boots and shin pads.

 

Q: How do I register?

All registrations are done online using a very simple process. By going to our clubs web page http://www.eufc.org.au you will find the link which will allow you to register after a few simple steps.

You will need a FFA (Football Federation Australia) number. If you have misplaced your FFA number or don’t have one, you will also find step by step instructions on how to create or retrieve your FFA number. If you encounter problems or have any questions please contact our club.

Registrar at registrar@eufc.org.au.

 

Q: What are the requirements of parents?

Parent participation is essential in supporting and assisting in the running of the club and its amenities. It is a requirement and expected that all parents contribute to the club as a dedicated volunteer or, in general, via the likes of Time, Sponsorship, and Donation etc. 

Nets & Goals will need to be put up by the first team on the field prior to the first game and then taken down by the last team on the field. Adults may also be required to referee games in the absence of a Football West allocated official. Your Team Coordinator will let you know of other roles that require parent involvement for your team to compete throughout the season.

We do require key management roles that need to be filled, as well as active committee members. Importantly, we need assistance for SSG game days for the home game organisation and game day officials. Coaches, Team Managers and Referees are always sort after! If you do want to take an active role in the club, simply engage a current committee member or email secretary@eufc.org.au.

 

Q: I want to be involved but never coached nor have I ever played football?

We can never have enough volunteers. If you are keen to coach GREAT!  EUFC invest in coaching course accreditations, resources and mentoring of parents / guardians that are willing to take up coaching, refereeing, etc. Whether you want to get involved as an assistant or head coach, it’s never too late or out of reach.

As a team coordinator you don’t need to know anything about football, just be organised and a good communicator.

Have a chat with a current coach, coordinator or committee member for more info.

 

Q: What are the consequences of on – or off-field inappropriate behaviour?

All players, team officials and spectators are required to adhere to the Club Values, codes of conduct, rules, regulations, conditions and decisions of Football West and Ellenbrook United F.C. – please take time to read our Code of Conduct Program “Wear the Badge with Pride” – Your Behaviour is Our Reputation“.  Football West has a Zero Tolerance Policy for inappropriate behaviour by players, officials and spectators, particularly in relation to negative behaviour towards referees.

Breaches of the code of conduct are subject to fines, suspension and/or expulsion from the football club.  Details are available on our website.  See http://eufc.org.au/wear-the-badge-with-pride/ for further information.

 

Q: Who do I talk to if I have suggestions or complaints?

If you have a suggestion, concern or complaint, first port of call is your team manager, who may be able to assist and/or pass on your issue(s) to the Committee for action. If you feel you cannot approach your team coordinator or coach, then submit it in writing to the club secretary. Please do not contact Football West direct, as they have made it clear that they will not respond to any communication unless it is from our Club Secretary. Contact details are on the website.

Using social media (ie. Club Facebook page) to air frustration or complaint is not writing to the secretary. Rather, it is against club social media policy and you will be in breach of the club code of conduct. Should negative comments be made on public or a social forum Discriminating, Victimising, and Casting Allegation on the club, its staff or any of its members, it is deemed as bringing the club into disrepute which can result in a fine, suspension or expulsion from the club.

 

Q: What if I have more questions?

As the pre-season period is extremely busy for the Club officials, please check the club website to see if the required info is available there. If it is not, feel free to e-mail the club secretary. Please also be aware that all Committee members have jobs and families and are involved in the Club on a voluntary basis. If it takes a little while for a response, particularly to e-mail, please be patient. E-mail is the preferred method of communication.

 

Q: Where can I get information throughout the year?

All information is available via your team manager and most is available on our website www.eufc.org.au. You can also submit your e-mail address to info@eufc.org.au to be included in our mailing list to receive all the latest news & information.

Information pertaining to this document and its contents are subject to change without notice. Seek clarification with the club on any questions you may have.