Established in 2013 the purpose of the Mazenod OCFC Past Players and Supporters Association is to provide a vehicle for past players and supporters to maintain a connection with the Club and a forum to meet other past players.
Since 2013 the Association has conducted a major function each year. In 2014 and 2015 this took the form of a Friday luncheon at the MCG and from 2015 – 2017 we moved to the RACV Club in Melbourne CBD. In 2018 we assisted the club committee organising the gala function to celebrate the Club’s 40th Anniversary. We also continue to support Premiership reunions.
While the primary purpose of the Association is not to raise money, the luncheons have enabled us to provide funds for the football club. Where possible we partner with the committee to support an annual infrastructure priority. E.g. In 2016 we funded GPS units for the playing group, in 2017 $3,900 for the club’s new website and in 2019 will fully fund an update and revamp of the club’s honour boards.
The Association has also enhanced the target audience of Mazenod OCFC Communications by tracking down over 400 email addresses of past players. Additionally in 2016 the Association and several of its key members created Digital Collages which represent each decade of the clubs history. These hang proudly in the clubrooms.
Over the past few years Past players have filled the roles of Reserves Coach, Under 19 Coach, Chairman of Selectors and President. Past Players are often parents of current players and this cycle provides a lovely rhythm for the club, its values and volunteer base.
We welcome contact and ideas from our Past Players and Supporters Community and are always keen to welcome new people to join our committee.