about Whakatane Town Afc

Whakatane Town AFC run Men’s, Womens and Junoir teams

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Announcement: Mens Training Tues & Thurs 6pm. Womens Training  6:30pm Wednesday at Rex Morpeth Park.

New Players Welcome

Club History

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2010

LeagUe Champions

2014

League Champions

2015

Top 3 in Nationals

2017

District Champions

Become a Sponsor Today

If you would like to sponsor the club then please get in touch to discuss the various sponsorship packages available.

Our Vision:

 

One Club

One Spirit

One Direction

Mission Statement:

To be a leader in the administration, promotion and delivery of football for players and supporters in a quality environment making our club a source of pride in the Whakatane community.

Guiding Principles:

  • To foster a professional attitude throughout the club on and off the field.
  • To provide a modern multi purpose facility for all club members and the wider community.
  • To foster a sense of unity and a commitment to communication throughout the club.
  • To provide equal opportunities for all regardless of age, gender and abilities.
  • To ensure responsible stewardship of the clubs finances through proper fiscal management.
  • To maintain and improve the assets of the club to the highest possible standard.

Why Join Whakatane AFC?

 

Trust:

The Whakatane Town A.F.C. Trust

Known affectionately as the Ned Kelly Trust after its founder and Life Member of our Club, Dennis ” Ned ” Kelly, the Trust has, over the years, been one of the Club’s most consistent sponsors, meeting the cost of insuring the Club’s assets, the rental on the ground on witch the Clubhouse stands and the water and sewerage charges. The Trust was started in the late 1950’s when soccer in the Eastern Bay of Plenty was still in it’s infancy, and it’s main source of revenue, was believe it or not, derived from the collection and cashing in on beer bottles. From such humble beginnings Ned has developed the Trust Fund to the point where it is now proving to be of great benefit to the Club in a time of escalation costs. The Fund’s Trustees at present are Ned Kelly, John Pullar and Bill Finlayson and the Club is grateful to them for their continuing support

Memorial:

In Memoriam

As we celebrate special anniversary’s and our day to day we turn our thoughts to those members who have passed away over the years.

Whether as players, administrators or supporters, the contribution made to the life of the club by those Men, Women and Children is not forgotten.

The modern club which we enjoy today stands as a tribute to them all.

Play Football

If you would like to play for one of our teams then please don't hesitate to get in touch, or just come down to our training on either a Tuesday or Thursday evening 6pm to 8pm at Rex Morpeth Park.

Coaching

If you have experience managing or coaching football teams and would like to help out, then please get in touch.

Sponsor

The club wouldn't be the same without sponsorship from local businesses.  If you would like to sponsor the club then please contact us for more information on the sponsorship packages.

Clubrooms – Vision to Reality

Those early pioneers of soccer in Whakatane were people of vision who were not content to just kick a ball around for their own amusement. They wanted to establish their sport on a permanent basis and to provide social amenities and facilities that are necessary for the success of any sport.

Consequently, fund-raising was always an important part of their activities, not withstanding the general antipathy of the community towards this “foreign” game. There was also a commonly held view among the Borough Councilors of the day that further building on the Domain (Rex Morpeth Park) should be resisted.

As far back as 1966 the soccer officials for a one-storey building drew up a plan, but this seems to have lapsed for reasons which have not been recorded. It wasn’t until the early 1970’s that the Soccer Club was in a position to make a serious approach to the Council on the basis of plans prepared by now Life Member Dick Manktelow in association with Messrs Marks, Sedcole & Stiles Registered Architects and Structural Engineers.

After much deliberation between the parties which by this time included the A&P Association and the local Cricket Association, the Council finally approved the construction of a two-storey pavilion. The letter of approval was dated 22 August 1973.

The Cricket Association, which had made no financial commitment to the project but agreed to spearhead a fundraising drive, eventually withdrew altogether and their place was taken by the Citizens Brass Band who were about to vacate their premises in Francis Street.

With agreed funding from the various parties involved, together with some financial assistance from Government, construction of the building was able to commence over the summer of 1973 / 74.

If people thought that getting the project to this stage was difficult they soon realized that the hard work was only just beginning. Being reliant mainly on voluntary labour, the task confronting the builders was immense. There was a limited amount of time that the workers could spend away from their families, while holding down daytime jobs and carrying on the day-to-day running of the Soccer Club.

Money was always a problem, too, as the basic financial contributions made by the various parties were soon overtaken by inflation. This gave rise to many imaginative fund-raising initiatives, including the demolition of an old house in Goulstone Road to make way for the Alice Stone pensioner flats. The Club received the princely sum of $ 200. – for this work.

By mid 1975 the building was partially in use by the organizations concerned, although there was still a great deal of interior finishing to be done. Funds had once again dried up, so the Club was forced to approach a bank for a loan. This was refused and work would have to come to a halt had it not been for the timely intervention of the Mayor, Rex Morpeth, who acted as personal guarantor with the bank to secure a loan of $ 5000. – which gave the Club the impetus to finish the job.

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To the relief of all concerned the building was officially opened on the 2 April 1977, with Sheila Brooks, wife of Club President, Alf Brooks, doing the honours in the presence of the Mayor, some Councilors and many supporters. Mrs Flossie Jarrett was on hand to perform a similar ceremony to open the band room.

In the early 1980’s the Citizens Band moved to larger premises in Valley Road and sold the band room back to the Soccer Club. The purchase was greatly assisted by an interest free loan of $ 10,000. – from club benefactor, Ned Kelly. Towards the end of the decade the room was dedicated to the late George Ferguson who had done so much to bring the building project to fruition.

Negotiations have almost been completed for the A&P Association to relinquish their share of the building subject to guarantees concerning their use of the building on Show Days.

The Club is deeply grateful to all those people, many of them now departed, who in so many ways gave their time and energy to establish a home for Soccer on Rex Morpeth Park. Their vision has indeed become a reality.

Want to Join The Club?

If you are looking to play, coach, referee or just help out, then please get in touch.

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