Club Response to Messenger Article "Reform or Fold"

Athelstone Football Club, Wed Apr 12, 2017 1:29PM

Club Response to East Torrens Messenger Press article 12th April 2017 “Reform or Fold”:


This response also covers various comments made on social media about the article.


  • More than 75% of our senior footballers are home grown lads, we aren’t ‘buying players’. As evidence to this 17 of our 22 who took the field in last year’s A Grade Grand Final were Athelstone Juniors. Of the other 5, 1 has been at the Club since 2006 and another 2 since 2012.
  • We have an extremely buoyant junior program with some 15 teams supported by many hard working volunteers.
  • The current clubrooms that were built in 1976 and paid for in full by Club funds is held as an asset by the Campbelltown Council.
  • In 2004 these clubrooms were extended at a cost of $500,000. This was completed on a dollar for dollar basis with the Club entering into a 20 year lease expiring in 2025 for the Club’s share of capital works.
  • The lease commitment above is $405 per week till 2025. It is NOT due and payable now. No one pays rent in advance to that extent.
  • We are also repaying $76 per week for our share of capital works in 2014 to upgrade air conditioning and internal ceiling, again this extends till 2025.
  • We do owe council approx. $39,000 for oval hire, building insurance and water rates. We have been repaying this at $400 per week.
  • All these commitments have been met until our recent request to defer payments when the Club was closed whilst council roof renovations were completed (approx. 6 weeks).
  • The current value of the building based on insurance valuation is in excess of $1 million.
  • In 2025 the building will be fully paid for and a council asset.
  • The figure quoted as being owed by the Football Club to council of $200,000 is in reality an amount of $39,000 today (with a payment plan in place).
  • We agree with the recommendations of the BRM Holdich report in relation to the in house bistro and are in the process of seeking outsourced contract caterers.
  • A full governance review is also underway.
  • We are working with our members on a fundraising drive to assist with current cash flow requirements and have developed an operating budget that supports the Club’s long term viability.


At a recent meeting of Club Members the BRM Holdich report was discussed and members were encouraged to provide support by way of sponsorship, membership or donation. If you are interested in supporting the Club please follow this link.


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Last updated: Wednesday April 12, 2017 2:20PM