Seeking Director of Football Operations

The Canterbury Football Club is affiliated with the Victorian Amateur Football Association (VAFA) and is one of the oldest clubs in the country, established in 1881. Season 2021 will see the Club field four teams; Men’s Senior & Reserves in Division 3, Thirds in Division 4 and our Women’s team in Division 2.

The Club is highly aspirational and is committed to providing a positive and winning environment for our playing ranks, supporter base and local community. We intend to appoint a Director of Football Operations to assist in accelerating our agenda.


This role is critical to the operation of the Football Department outside of the executive committee and will provide the coaching panel, support staff and players guidance and direction where needed. The role is autonomous and requires an innovative approach to managing the many parts that comprise a successful and strong football club.

Competitive remuneration is on offer, to be negotiated during the hiring process.


  • Manage recruitment activity within the men’s program with emphasis on player conformance to our culture and standards, with a critical focus upon player retention
  • To represent the Club in managing relationships with the Canterbury Junior Football Club, Boroondara Hawks and to forge relationships with other junior clubs and local schools to ensure future viability of playing numbers
  • Oversight to include acquisition of football equipment, organisation of pre-season games and ground availability for pre-season and regular season schedules
  • A responsibility to report to the Executive Committee on a regular basis regarding coach and player performance and standards at all committee meetings


  • An experienced and highly regarded individual who has achieved success at a high level as a player, coach and/or administrator (VFL, TAC or VAFA highly regarded).
  • An aptitude to critique the coaching staff to ensure it delivers on the agreed club standards and game plans
  • A strong motivation to drive change where required with relevant people within the Club
  • A Club first attitude and approach
  • A long-term commitment to building and planning for the Club’s future


To apply please send a cover letter and CV outlining your previous experience to Applications close October 14th 2020.

For any enquiries please contact President BJ Lashbrook on 0425 155 552 or via email.

Vale: Lorraine Johnson

The club was deeply saddened to hear of the recent passing of long time supporter and committee member Lorraine Johnson.

Up until recent years Lorraine was a familiar face at games both home and away. Always up for a chat, Lorraine would often be seen selling tickets in the weekly meat raffle or talking to the players in the rooms after the games.

Our condolences go out to Rex, Katie, Phil and family.

2020 season cancelled

You may have already seen the news, though our season is officially cancelled. It was no doubt an extremely tough decision for the VAFA board to make, though ultimately the right one. While this isn’t the outcome many of us were looking for as it means no footy until Round 1 2021 (assuming COVID-19 is under control by then), putting the health and safety of players, supporters & volunteers always needs to come before playing footy.

The reasons for cancellation given by the VAFA were concerns also shared by the CFC committee, and I’m sure the wider community, which were:

  • The health and well being of our VAFA community
  • The financial viability of all clubs – short and long term
  • VAFA Club sustainability
  • The burden on club volunteers
  • Legal liability (insurance)
  • The possibility of a compromised season
  • Further COVID19 outbreaks impacting our competitions

While only a couple of weeks ago it was looking extremely likely that we’d be playing, the recent spike in cases has forced the VAFA’s hand.

The last few months have been challenging for pretty much everyone, so thank you to everyone who’s helped get us to where we are, especially to our coaches, committee and Covid Comp organisers and team captains. We’ve had a large number of new recruits across our both our women’s and men’s groups, which is always great to see. Hoping to see everyone stick around for season 2021 and beyond!

That being said, just because we’re not playing footy this year doesn’t mean the season needs to be finished for everyone. I’m sure there will be some players who want to remain active while footy’s on hiatus, so stay tuned for developments there. As a sports club, I’d like us to provide somewhere for people to exercise in a safe environment, so depending on what people want to do will depend on what we offer. I also understand that some people are more than happy to forget about footy until next season which is also fine!

In terms of off field things happening for the rest of the season, once/if restrictions are further lifted we’d like to provide some sort of club socialising as long as it’s safe to do so. We’re still looking at holding our annual ball in some capacity, though it’s impossible to plan at the moment with the constantly changing landscape. There are also some other ideas in the works though they need some more thought before they can be confirmed.

As always, if there are any questions or you’d just like to have a chat, please feel free to get in touch with myself, another committee member or one of your coaches.

Stay safe, and wash your hands!!


BJ Lashbrook
President, Canterbury FC

Good for footy raffle

Toyota’s Good For Footy Raffle is up and running again for 2020, and we’re using it as one of our major fundraisers.

There are lots of great prizes avaliable and tickets are only $5 each, and every dollar from tickets purchased through our page goes directly to us!

To get your tickets, head to and follow the prompts.

Vale: Des Ayton

The club is saddened to hear of the recent passing of one of our past players, Des Ayton.

Des played for the club in the 1950s and 60s, and was a member of the reserves 1965 premiership team.

Our thoughts are with Des’ family during this time.

COVID-19 Update

The official word from the VAFA is footy’s suspended til May 31st.

This means that as of today (March 17th) all training, practice matches and the season itself will be put on hold until further notice. The same goes for our social events during that time.

For more information please see a statement from the league via the official VAFA site.

While the decision is disappointing in a football sense, this issue is much bigger than footy, and the health & safety of the general community is the focus for the next little while.

Stay safe Cobras!


Canterbury Cricket Club women’s cricket & pink stumps day

After 133 years of cricket at the Canterbury Cricket Club, 2020 will see the introduction of our inaugural Women’s XI. More and more women are following the example of stars like Meg Lanning and Ellyse Perry by picking up bat and ball and getting out there to have some fun!

So get a group of your friends together and head down to the home of Cricket – Canterbury Sports Ground! – and register your interest NOW for the coming season.

Be part of the FUN! Be a part of the TEAM! Be part of HISTORY!

Contact: Ann

Pink stumps day

Come and join us on the 22nd of February as we celebrate Pink Stumps Day. Help us support our Stage 3 Girls as they compete for the Canterbury Road Cup against Heatherdale CC.

While with us, register your interest for season 2020/21.

CCC Pink Stumps day 2020
Saturday 22nd February
Canterbury Sportsground, 4pm onwards
Adults $25 / Kids $5 / Families $50
Tickets include finger food

Sports trainers wanted

The club is on the lookout for sports trainers to assist in both women’s and men’s football matches. This is a great opportunity for students studying in related fields (physiotherapy, massage etc.) to get hands on experience in a local sports club.

Roles for the position include, though are not limited to:
– strapping
– rub downs
– general first aid
– recording injuries across the season
– running water

Level 1 sports trainer accreditation is required, the club can assist with organising this where needed.

Availability is needed on one training night per week (Tuesday/Thursday) and one match each Saturday (times vary).

Experience not essential though is preferred, remuneration to be negotiated.

Please see the below image for details, for any further information please contact President BJ Lashbrook via or 0425 155 552.

Training resumes Jan 29th

Hopefully everyone has enjoyed the summer break, though it’s now time to hit the track!

Both the men and the women will be kicking off on Wednesday 29th from 6pm at Highfield Park, Camberwell. Training will take place each Monday and Wednesday at Highfield until we return back to the Snake Pit in late March. No boots, runners only until further notice.

Existing, returning and new players are all welcome!

For more information contact BJ Lashbrook (0425 155 552) or Evie Hall (0421 362 836).

Club seeking canteen staff

The club is on the lookout for people to staff, and potentially manage, the club’s canteen for season 2020 and onward.

As it stands, the club holds home games each Saturday from the beginning of April through late August, as the men’s (x3) and women’s (x2) teams alternate home games each week. There are also a few club byes throughout the season, which are Easter, Queen’s birthday weekend and the first weekend of July (VAFA interleague).

General game day tasks for the position/s are:

  • Prepare and set up canteen area (position equipment, display products etc)
  • Prepare food and beverage for sale (ensure hot food is ready to sell, have hot water ready for tea/coffee)
  • Sell goods throughout the day and restock as required
  • Sell alcoholic beverages (only after all play has finished for the day, VAFA policy)
  • Operate POS terminals (training will be provided)
  • Clean as required throughout the day. general cleaning to finish up

Additional tasks outside of game day (assistance from the committee will be provided):

  • Managing overall stock levels
  • Ordering stock

Hours of operation for the canteen are generally 11am through to 6pm, though could be as early as 8.30am, dependant on the games scheduled that day.

Ideally, applicants would hold both their Food Safety Certificate and Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) certificate, though these can be arranged prior to the season starting for anyone who needs them.

Anyone interested in the role or seeking more information should get in touch with either:

Remuneration negotiable based on experience.