Lilydale Junior Football Club

The Lilydale Football Club was established in 1872 making it one of the oldest AFL clubs still actively playing Australian Rules football. We have won 16 senior premierships, 5 reserves premierships and 3 Under 18 premierships. The junior club has won a total of 25 premierships.

Over the last two years the Lilydale Junior Football Club has grown by over 30% with teams in all age groups and two teams in Under 9 and Under 15 and three Under 17 teams. In 2013 we had all competitive teams play finals football and in 2014 80% of competitive teams had finals campaigns. LJFC was the most successful in the EFL in the 2014 Season with 4 premierships including all three Under 17 teams. An achievement unlikely to be equalled.
We have seen this growth through the strength of being a family orientated club and the introduction of policies and life education programs (eg: Safe Driver Program, Anti-Vilification, Drug & Alcohol Awareness). We have initiated camps to the Northern Territory conducting clinics at local schools and football clubs and played a curtain-raiser game at the Tiwi Islands AFL Grand Final.
Over the last two years the Junior Club has implemented a “Coaching Development and Guidelines Manual”. We believe it is important to establish good coaching practice to benefit all our players. We have strong links with our Senior Coaches to ensure continuity and expectations, especially for our top age players. We believe by developing this link all players leaving the junior structure and becoming part of the senior club in Division 1 will already have a clear understanding of the expectations and strong club culture required to play senior football at the highest level.
We believe that it is important to be a community club and in 2014 held the “Lilydale Community Festival” which included many local schools, businesses and community groups. We also initiated an annual ANZAC Medal Round with local veterans presenting medals at our awards night. We have a strong presence with the senior club at the Lilydale ANZAC Dawn Service showing club unity at the wreath laying.   Our Grassroots footy nights have been a huge success with visits from Kevin Sheedy and Dane Swan.
We have strived to build a strong partnership with Auskick and our Senior Club. In 2014 all senior players were allocated a “buddy” junior team. Seniors attended junior training and matches. This culminated in a “Juniors-Seniors Strength in Unity Round” which was a huge success with free hotdogs, grid games and give-aways at a senior home game. Junior players had established links with the seniors who had been attending training sessions and came along to support their “buddies”. Senior players also attend each of our Junior Awards Nights.
Both the Junior and Senior Executive Committees have worked tirelessly to ease the transition from the junior club to seniors. The Junior Committee fully supports the senior club in their endeavours to build a strong and successful club, not on financial offerings but on loyalty and passion that can be built with home-grown players. We look forward to continually strengthening these bonds to become a powerhouse in the EFL.