St Mary’s Salesian is a strong, family oriented community football club based in Glen Iris. The club plays in the Victorian Amateur Football Association (VAFA) where players play for the love of the game. The club has played at Ferndale Park continuously since 1932. As the St Mary’s Football Club, it competed in the Eastern Suburban Churches Football Association up until 1989 before joining the VAFA in 1990. In 2007 St Mary’s Football Club merged with Salesian Old Collegians to form the St Mary’s Salesian Amateur Football Club. 2016 marks our 26th year in the Victorian Amateur Football Association (VAFA).
The St Mary’s Salesian AFC is a strong family orientated club that aims to provide a way for all to enjoy and participate in a competitive game of Australian Rules football, in a friendly environment to develop into a most cohesive, disciplined, financially secure and socially acceptable club in the Victorian Amateur Football Association.
Aiming to be respected on and off the field by all other clubs and administrations irrespective of the level of competition we play.
The Club Values
The St Mary’s Salesian AFC exists to provide a way for its members to participate in a competitive game of Australian Rules football in a friendly environment so that they can develop as footballers, enjoy themselves socially, along with creating new and lifelong friends. TO achieve this we uphold and abide by the following values:
1. Teamwork: This is our club. We co-operate and communicate openly with each other respecting that we are all working to a common goal and purpose. We value and reward those who support the Club and dedicate their time and resources to running it;
2. Respect: We are concerned for and respect each other as individuals and strive for mutual trust, respect and pride in our achievements as a club. We shall not discriminate against others on the basis of race, sex, religious beliefs or disability;
3. Safety: The health and safety of every member of the club is paramount. No game or activity is so important that the safety is put an unnecessary risk. The club has embraced a smoke free policy and introduced an alcohol awareness program;
4. Enjoyment: Above all as an amateur sporting club we are here to enjoy ourselves. Enjoyment of success on the field and the social environment off the field is how we grow;
5. Tradition: As current members we are responsible to preserve, maintain and promote the achievements and history created by those who have gone before;
6. Integrity: We must care how the club externally and internally achieves results not just that they are obtained. A well founded reputation for scrupulous dealings with external parties and within the club is itself a priceless club asset