Who Are We & Club History

We Are... East Bentleigh Soccer Club

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The East Bentleigh Soccer Club (EBSC) was formed in 1979. At that time, the closest club to Bentleigh East was Brighton at Dendy Park.


One man would take 5 to 6 boys to training and games, so the decision was made to start a club in Bentleigh East, hoping it would get more children involved in the Beautiful Game.


In that first year we had only 2 teams. At first the Club was moved from pillar to post, venue to venue every year. We never knew where we would be playing our matches from one season to the next.


In 1985, with about 60 members, we played the very first season at Bailey Reserve.

Today, EBSC is still at Bailey Reserve and our Club has grown significantly, with over 850 players and 60 plus teams for the 2020 Season.

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Our Vision

Family orientated community club of choice

Encourage participation in a team orientated sport

Positive experience (fair play and good sportsmanship)

Cater for all levels of skill and ability  

Provide learning and development opportunities for players, coaches and volunteers

Inclusive culture

Create value for our members and sponsors

Keep the game affordable for our community

Implement a sustainable and functional organisational structure

Committee, sub-committee, coaches, team managers, volunteers, contractors and employees

Develop and implement robust processes and systems

Trials/grading, team selections, player registrations, FFA & FV compliance, governance, financial

stewardship and risk management


Strategic Focus

Senior Men

Increase support and budget

Improve competitiveness & reputation  

Develop a pathway to retain our juniors

Increase Female Participation

Support the female football ‘revolution’

Promote and grow grassroots girls soccer

Re-establish a competitive Senior women’s team

Soccer Moms Program

Coach & Player Development

Engage professional support/partners

Equipment Expenditure

Training goals for every team

First aid kits

General coaching equipment

Team shelters

What does EBSC look like in 2025?

Competitive senior men’s team in SL3 compromising of home grown EBSC talent

Two competitive senior women’s squads compromising of home grown EBSC talent playing in SL3

1000 – 1500 members

80 100 teams

40% of players are female

New pavilion with female friendly facilities, sufficient storage capacity and a commercial canteen

Warehouse facility with indoor synthetic soccer pitch


Facilities Development Plan

  1. New facility to include 4-6 female friendly change rooms
  2. Separate toilet facilities for spectators/visitors
  3. Equipment storage facilities
  4. Commercial kitchen/canteen facilities
  5. Function/meeting room facilities
  6. Lighting upgrade to host night games - main pitch (completed)
  7. New light towers - pitch 3 (funding secured – to be installed in 2020)
  8. Prepare draft design plans (single and two level options) – Work in progress
  9. Obtain estimated costings and provide to Local & State Government to facilitate project funding discussions
  10. Lease warehouse and build indoor synthetic pitch 

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