About Us

The Community Soccer Hub was founded in 2014 to provide opportunities for new and emerging communities in Melbourne’s Western Suburbs to play football. In partnership with the ASRC, Brimbank City Council, Centre for Multicultural Youth, MiCare, Melbourne City Football Club and IPC Health, we strive to develop a sense of community and belonging through the world game. In recent years, our program has grown to accommodate two senior men’s teams, a junior team, and hundreds more casual users accessing Miniroos, Summer Sevens, Holiday programs and a new Community Soccer Hub League.

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Timeline

September 2014

CSH is born

In partnership with new and emerging communities from the Brimbank area, the CSH initiative was launched with support from MiCare, Brimbank City Council, Asylum Seeker Resource centre, IPC Health and the Centre for Multicultural Youth.

 

In the first few months the CSH was based on a turn up and play model that catered for individuals and groups who wanted to play socially

September 2014
April 2015

Albion Thunder is born

The CSH created the Albion Thunder team to provide a pathways to mainstream football competition. The Albion Thunder Team is the CSH representative team.

Albion Thunder enters one team into the VCFA League Division 1.

April 2015
October 2015

Key milestones

  • Game Training Certificate: Volunteer coaches certified.
  • Scanlon Foundation Grant application lodged on behalf of the CSH by Melbourne City Football Club.
  • Summer Sevens program launches.
October 2015
December 2015

Scanlon Foundation Grant

Grant approved! Scanlon Foundation Grant would go towards building social cohesion through football.


The aim is to build capacity amongst participants to continue to take a leadership role in program deliver and governance, to increase the number of individuals and groups accessing the CSH and to support pathways to mainstream football opportunities and experiences.

December 2015
March 2016

VCFA League

  • VCFA 2016 season kicks off. Albion Thunder enter into the league with financial support form the Scanlon Foundation Grant.
  • CSH begins incorporation process to transition to a community lead program.
March 2016
April 2016

Officially Incorporated!

  • Community Soccer Hub has become officially incorporated!
  • On the 29th of April players and CSH Advisory group members undertake consultations with Sports Community, commissioned by Brimbank City Council, to develop the Hub’s strategic operational plan.
April 2016
June 2016

Holiday Program and Miniroos Launch

  • In partnership with CMY and MCFC, the Holiday Program launches.
  • Miniroos program kicks off, catering to kids ages 4 to 11.
June 2016
September 2016

VCFA Parry Cup Winners

Albion Thunder team wins the VCFA Parry Cup Competition for the 2016 season.

September 2016
April 2017

Team Success

Albion Thunders play in the VicSoccer Premier division and the U14 and U10s play in FFV’s western division competition.

April 2017
October 2017

LUCRF Super Community Program

The LUCRF Super Community Program partners with the Hub to deliver “soccer for all” a program that aims to increase participation, social connectedness and build capacity. Over a two year period. More than 200 people from new and emerging communities are expected to benefit from this program and partnership.

October 2017
April 2018

VicSoccer Success

Albion thunder enters two teams into VicSoccer Division One, in partnership with the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.

April 2018
June 2018

Start of the Communities League

CSH launches the Communities League. An in-house competition that caters for new and emerging community groups based at the hub. With 8 teams in 2018, CSH is looking to increase capacity to 12 teams by 2019.

June 2018

Supporters

We would also like to extend a special thanks to LUCRF for sponsoring our programs.