Brisbane Athletic Football Club Incorporated (BAFC) plays in the Football Brisbane and Queensland Christian Soccer Association under the name the Brisbane Athletic FC. Football Brisbane (FB) organises the top level of competitive football not only in Brisbane but in all of Queensland. Playing in Football Brisbane sanctioned competitions allows Brisbane Athletic to liaise with other FIFA affiliated clubs both in Australia and globally which gives Brisbane Athletic players opportunities to embrace a career in professional football. The Queensland Christian Soccer Association (QCSA) is an ecumenical independent body set up to enable those who cannot play on Sundays, to have an alternative to the main stream soccer body who play on Saturdays and Sundays. Playing in this competition allows Brisbane Athletic players the opportunity to represent Queensland on a national level at the Christian Football Federation Australia (CFFA) national championships on a yearly basis. Brisbane Athletic are one of Brisbane’s most competitive clubs with a strong history in whichever competition they are in and have always been able to be competitive against whomever they come up against. The Brisbane Athletic prides itself on fostering a family culture. There have been many times over the years when two or more brothers have played in the same senior side and there have been many families who have had several generations represented in our teams. The club have always invited opposition into the clubhouse after matches to join in post-match dinners or festivities with the belief that not only creating a friendly culture for our club members but our wider footballing community.
Brisbane Athletic are a strong and proud Club with a rich history and a large band of loyal volunteers and supporters. It has been well served by the many people who have worked on its management boards and many committees over many years with its members sharing great deals of success and banding together and working hard when times get tough.
This club has beginnings directly correlated with the influx of Portuguese migrants in 1982 with the first team being fielded in Sunday commercial leagues. The club first started with the name Sporting United Soccer Club which played out of the Wacol migrant centre until the early 1990’s where the club relocated to Toowong and eventually Wilston where it was known as Latrobe Athletic Soccer Club.
During the 1990’s the club competed in the Queensland Soccer Federations (QSF) Brisbane men’s competitions where the name changed once again to Wilston Athletic Soccer Club to better reflects the club’s location in Brisbane. The early 2000’s for the club saw them compete in high divisions in the Brisbane Men’s Soccer competition with Wilston Athletic being able to reach a Brisbane cup final in 2006. In 2007 the club left their clubhouse and single field at Wilston to move to Pinkenba Recreational Reserve in which not only the club gained a clubhouse but three full sized fields and a sweat box. With the change the club renamed to Brisbane Athletic Football Club and competed in the reorganised Football Brisbane competition. The club after being relegated to Metro 2 in 2007 were able to gain promotion to Metro 1 in 2008 and eventually gaining promotion again in 2009 to compete in the Premier Division 2. The club won many junior premierships and grand finals between 2009 and 2011 in both boys and girl competitions In the mid-2010’s Brisbane Athletic were granted membership to the QCSA competitions which played predominately on Saturdays. This competition rejuvenates the clubs competitive streak with the club fielding men’s teams in the competitions 1st,2nd,4th and 5th divisions. The club were able to win the 1st divisions premiership 6 consecutive times (2012-2017) with 4 grand final wins (2012,2013,2015,2016) and 1 runners up medal (2017). In the lower divisions the club have won 1 2nd Division Grand Final (2016) and a 4th Division double (2017). In 2017 the club fielded its first ever senior women’s team whom represented the club in the competitions 1st division with great pride narrowly missing out on the 2017 Finals Series. Now in 2018 Brisbane Athletic make their return to the Football Brisbane competition and are looking for members and players to make an impact. Throughout the club’s history many volunteers whom have made things possible and in 2017 the clubs most influential volunteer Francisco Ferreira passed away. His efforts to ensure the club staff and players were accommodated both on and off the field was immeasurable as he dedicated his time to prepare post-match dinners and weekly fundraising activities at the club. The next and every following season Brisbane Athletic play will be dedicated to his memory as a man whom was able to maintain the high standards that a Brisbane Athletic player has come to expect both on and off the field. His mantra of “Querer é poder” (“Where there is a will there is a way”) will always permeate throughout the clubs’ members mentality whether it is the staff running the club or when the players are on the field in a pinch.
Throughout the club’s history many volunteers whom have made things possible and in 2017 the clubs most influential volunteer Francisco Ferreira passed away. His efforts to ensure the club staff and players were accommodated both on and off the field was immeasurable as he dedicated his time to prepare post-match dinners and weekly fundraising activities at the club. The next and every following season Brisbane Athletic play will be dedicated to his memory as a man whom was able to maintain the high standards that a Brisbane Athletic player has come to expect both on and off the field. His mantra of “Querer é poder” (“Where there is a will there is a way”) will always permeate throughout the clubs’ members mentality whether it is the staff running the club or when the players are on the field in a pinch.
The Brisbane Athletic Football Club clubhouse can accommodate upwards of 200 members during big festivities.
The clubhouse is always open during match days for players to socialize, dine and relax in. The clubhouse is split into two parts: The football club and the social room. The football club side is used for post-match dinners with team mates and invited opposition and referees.
It has basic amenities for all parties to utilise on gameday. There are many cultural activities that happen within the clubhouse throughout the year with large parties happening at least once every month on a Saturday and weekly dinners on Saturdays or lunches on Sunday, players and members are invited and encourage to take part in these festivities as it is part of the holistic experience of being a Brisbane Athletic Football Club member.
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