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June 2021 Edition

Welcome Update

Again, we are gearing up for a return to football. As we return from lockdown you will notice a few changes around the club. At both Jubilee and Manson, we will have new QR Code signs for you to scan in your attendance, this is an important part in being allowed to reopen and is mandatory that you scan in when ever you attend either venue for games or training.

Please also keep up to date with the COVID protocols via Football Victoria. We will keep informing everyone of the changes, but we need your support in adhering to and implementing any requirements to keep the club and its members safe.

The club has been busy putting together a COVID safe plan and working with both the Council and Football Victoria to make sure we do everything possible to keep us all COVID safe.

I hope you enjoy the new format of our newsletter.

Rob Blyth
RCSC President

In this Newletter:

  1. How we Play at Ringwood
  2. Upgrade of JW Manson Reserve
  3. Female Football Week
  5. Movement of Volunteers
  6. COVID Safe Return to Play
  7. Meet the Volunteer Committee Member
  8. Football Around the World – News & Events
  9. Upcoming Club & Community Events
  10. Getting to know our Sponsor
  11. Sponsors Announcements

How we Play @ Ringwood

At Ringwood we are centered around the following values of Respect, Integrity, Unity, Leadership and Inclusiveness. We strive to demonstrate these values in every decision and action we take as a club.

We hope these values and culture will help creating a strong club, players and community. We hope to have your support demonstrating these values on and off the pitch!

Upgrade to JW Manson Reserve

A couple of weeks ago, local MP Jackson Taylor was joined by Mayor Cr Kylie Spears and Cr Mike Symon to announce plans for a brand new double storey, state-of-the-art pavilion at JW Manson Reserve. The reserve is situated in Wantirna and is the proud home of the St Andrews Cricket Club as well as hosting juniors and women’s sides from Ringwood City and Aquinas Old Collegians Football Club respectively.

Maroondah City Council budgetary process is underway at the moment, and as a club we should encourage members to speak to councillors to put positive pressure on to support this investment. This will deliver what will be an amazing community facility.

We can’t wait to host our games and various training sessions at the new facility! Thank you Jackson Taylor and Maroondah Council for this amazing announcement.

Female Football Week

To celebrate all things female, during the week of May 1st to May 10th Football Federation Victoria organized a week to celebrate the incredible contribution women and girls made to this beautiful game of soccer. Female football week is an initiative that celebrates the growth of women’s football and acknowledges the important role women play in developing the game both on and off the park.
At Ringwood City we encouraged all teams to celebrate Female Football week by wearing a hint of purple. Purple hair ties, shoe laces, tattoos and anything purple to celebrate the week. It was great to see the whole Ringwood City Community to get together and celebrate Female Football Week.


Ringwood City in conjunction with Dustin Halse MP were proud to host the first ever PRIDE/ IDAHOBIT match on Friday 14th May at Jubilee Park.

Our Senior Women wore special Ringwood City rainbow edition shirts donated by Dustin Halse and after the game the opposition was invited back in the club room for an afterparty.
RCSC went rainbow to show support for #IDAHOBIT Day and to support @minus18youth and LGBTIQ youth. RCSC want to be part of a change, building social inclusion, and advocating for an Australia where all young people are safe, empowered, and surrounded by people that support them.

Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia, and Transphobia can occur online, face to face and affect everyone by creating spaces where people feel unsafe and like they can’t be themselves. Sexuality and gender identity or intersex status aren’t always visible, so creating a culture where everyone feels safe, even if there aren’t any visible LGBTI people is even more important.

Robert Blyth (the president) hopes to grow this event annually ”it was a great start to something that is especially important at Ringwood City, all members of the club should feel welcomed and safe and part of the club where you can be yourself. We want to have a culture of inclusiveness at Ringwood City.”

Football Around the World – News & Events

The months of June and July promises to be an exciting time for football fanatics, with the UEFA Euro Cup 2020 (yes, as with almost everything, it was deferred from last year due to COVID). Euro matches will commence from Saturday 12th June. Then we have Copa America (from Monday 14th June), FIFA World Cup qualifying Games for Socceroos (Nepal vs Australia) as well as friendlies for the Matildas. We also have Olympics coming up in July – there will be some very late nights and early morning for some of us!
Earlier in April Melbourne was announced by FIFA as a host city for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023. It will be great to support our Matildas in a tournament that will unite nations, inspire generations, and provide our diverse and multicultural game with the perfect platform to grow over the coming years.

Meet the Volunteer Committee Member
Our U9 Girls Coach | U15 Girls Assistant Coach and Social Events Committee member Debbie Yu told her story publicly about her and her love with this great sport of Football. She speaks openly about her drive to inspire the next generation of women football.

My name is Debbie, and I have a passion for this great game of football.

I have been playing football all my life. From primary school up until today. I love both Futsal and outdoor, it’s a sport I am just so passionate about. My love for the game led me to Ringwood City and to take part in a referee course and coaching course when I was younger.

I have played for a couple of clubs and played for Ringwood City in 2015 when the women’s team was still in State League 3 and 4. A good friend of mine, who had been at the club for years, asked me to come back to coach. In addition to coaching a team, he was interested in asking the company I worked for to become a major sponsor for the State League 1 women’s team. We all agreed it was an amazing idea as female football is growing day by day in Australia, especially with the upcoming Women’s World Cup coming in 2023.

Personally, it’s so good to be back at the club and see the Senior Women’s team reach State League 1 after joining when they were in State 3 and 4 all those years back.

It is with my pleasure that as well as being a coach of the newly formed Under-9 girls and assistant coach of the Under-15 girls, I have been promoted to take up the role in the general committee for socials and event. It is my privilege to be a young face in the committee and show the young girls and ladies that we can do anything.

It is time for female football to be big in the community so that we can build an army that is passionate about the game. It is up to people like me to drive the change in female football.

Thanks, and take care
Debbie Yu – Social and Events Committee Member

Movement of Volunteers

We are a large community club but running with a very lean team of volunteer committee members and a small football operations team. We need additional helpers (especially representing our miniroos and female footballers) to join our fabulous team and keep our club running. Check out available roles here
& contact us at

Also, please note

  • Julia Jenvey has stepped down from her Secretary role to focus on further studies – please help us to backfill this role by volunteering.
  • Debbie Yu has taken on the role of Social Events;

COVID Safe Return to Play

At Ringwood City Soccer Club we are fully committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for members of our club (volunteers, players, personnel, families, spectators) and the wider community and are committed to implementing practices in line with guidance available from DHHS, FV and Maroondah Council and other relevant authorities applicable to Ringwood City Soccer club.

We also acknowledge the directions imposed by the Victorian State Government will be followed as we undertake football activities during the remainder of 2021, and we commit to adhering to the latest advice from Football Victoria and the Victorian State Government in this regard.

It is important to Ringwood City Soccer Club to lead and promote a strong culture of COVID-19 safety for the health and well-being of participants and the broader community.

As from May 28th 2021, Victorian Gov has mandated that all venues will need to comply with the QR code Check-in system for Contact Tracing purposes for COVID-19. We at Ringwood City encourage everyone to adhere to the new regulations and Check in using the Service Victoria QR code at training and Games. This is important to ensure that we at Ringwood City are COVID safe. We would also encourage everyone to be up to date with the current COVID-19 restrictions as to Mask wearing, Socially distance and regular hand hygiene.

Should you have any questions in regards to Ringwood City’s COVID safe procedures please contact a member of the committee or Rob Blyth our President.

Upcoming Club & Community Events

President’s Lunch – Date: TBA more info to come!

Getting to know our Sponsor

Mark Brown – Stockdale and Leggo Ringwood

I am the director and, along with my partner, Christine we own the Business. Christine takes care of the Property management department, and I take care of the Sales department. We each have over 20 years’ experience in the Real Estate Industry and we have both grown up and lived locally.

My involvement in the game is extensive.
I played all my career at Croydon City, where I was fortunate to win the State league Championship two years in a row. I captained the club for many seasons and had the opportunity to play with many great players including Paul Wade, Jimmy Rooney, Peter Ollerton, Jim Tansey and many other who represented Australia and played against many great players including Bobby McGuiness
Following my retirement, I coached Ringwood Under 14, 15, and 16s, which Included my son Ben, who went on to Play for Ringwood seniors and was a committee member at the time of the redevelopment of the club. 2009 through to 2011 I coached the Senior men’s metropolitan alongside Dough Hughes, where we took the team to the Clubs first senior championship for many years. I continue to follow the game passionately, and look forward to watching my favourite EPL team, Newcastle United, “Away the lads “

Connection with the club.
I have strong bonds with the club, I coached at junior and senior level and my son also being part of the club for many years, along with playing many times at Jubilee Park at the time when you entered the pitch by walking through a tunnel under ground.
But more recently, Debbie Yu, who is a member of our sales team has become a coach and committee member at the club. We are proud to be sponsors of the Ringwood Senior Womens Teams and we look forward to a long relationship.

Our Offer To the Ringwood Family:

  1. If we a receive a referral from any member of the Ringwood Football Club family that lead to us selling a home we will donate $500 to any part of the Club that you would wish                 


  1. If you refer someone to us who has an investment property that requires a property manager or someone who needs a new property manager, we will donate $200 to any part of the Club that you wish.

This is the greatest game in the world, and we should enjoy every minute you spend with your teammates.   Your successes will come from the passion and enthusiasm and effort you put in every time you set foot on the ground.

Please contact our sponsorship team to support Ringwood City Soccer Club