About the Club
The Brunswick Junior Football Club (The Dragons) provides opportunities for boys and girls in Brunswick and neighbouring areas in the inner north to play AFL footy in a friendly and inclusive environment that values participation, development and community. The club commenced in 2010 with one Under 10 side and in subsequent years it has expanded to field teams across all age levels from Under 8 to Colts/U17, including the introduction of an U15 girls' team in 2015. In 2017, the Club expects to register in excess of 300 players and field around 15 teams, playing in the Yarra Junior Football League. The changing demographics in the inner suburban areas has resulted in a substantial increase in the demand for junior sporting clubs and facilities and BJFC strives to meet these emerging community needs. We are associated with senior clubs, the Brunswick NOBSPC (Senior mens' AFL club) and the Brunswick Renegades (Womens' AFL club) and play our home games at the historic Gillon Oval in Pearson Street, Brunswick.
Core Values: What Is Important To Us?
Promotion of Australian Rules and Junior Football
To nurture and enhance the development and improvement of football skills. To promote attitudes of good sportsmanship, temperament, cooperation with others and character in children.
Encourage Participation by All
We encourage participation, regardless of ability, by maximization of enjoyment while placing winning in perspective and encourage respect for others including umpires, opponents and fellow players. We strenuously oppose all forms of verbal, racial and physical abuse.
Fostering of Community Spirit
We achieve our aims through an environment that encourages family and community involvement. Our operation is only possible through the ongoing support of parents, families and other community stakeholders.
The club relies on parent involvement and every parent who can get involved is encouraged and welcome to do so. We are not a professional club or sporting ‘service’ but a bunch of busy parents joining together trying to build a community based around our children’s love of football and playing with their mates. There are many ways that you can become involved, for example, by helping out at training, joining the committee or a subcommittee, or taking on a match-day role such as coaching or team managing. Kids love it when their families are involved. We encourage Dragons parents to get involved -- you'll get more out of it and the kids will get more out it too.
Club Events throughout the Year
We have several events for players and their families throughout the year, including pie and soup nights after training, evenings with guest speakers and a social night for parents at Estonian House on Melville Road on Saturday 16 July.
Helping out with and being part of these events is not only a fantastic opportunity for the children to get to know each other better socially but also helps us in building an amazing sense of club community.
Our boys and girls love these events and enjoy having their parents and family around.
The Dragons canteen is much-loved by the Dragons community and has a strong reputation among opposition clubs. It plays a very important role in our club and contributes significant funds to help keep our club afloat. All money raised from the canteen goes directly to the club to help to pay for grounds and other equipment, to keep fees low and to help foster the development of players’ football skills. All players’ families will be rostered on to help in the canteen through the season. Four parents are rostered on for home games – two helpers volunteer for 30 minutes before the game up to half time and two helpers from half time up to 30 minutes following the game.
You’ll still be able to watch the game from the canteen, stay warm and catch up with other Dragons while helping support your club.