Ryan Collins of Brothers Aston Villa and Shannon Fisher of Bingera fight for the ball in a Premier League clash last season.
Ryan Collins of Brothers Aston Villa and Shannon Fisher of Bingera fight for the ball in a Premier League clash last season. Mike Knott

Villa prepared for big season

BROTHERS-Aston Villa (BAV) Football Club has come a long way since it was formed in the mid-1960s.

The club will have a sign-on this Saturday for what president David Smith expects will be a big season.

The club began its life with one junior team under the name of Welcome Creek United, because most of its players were the sons of sugar cane farmers from the Welcome Creek area near Bundaberg.

But Smith said when the team came to town, the players were often rubbished as "country hicks".

"So club president Les Davis, who had been born and raised in a suburb of Birmingham, England, proposed that the club be given a name that nobody could ever ridicule," Smith said.

"Being a life-long Villa supporter, he proposed that the club should be called Aston Villa, and his suggestion was adopted and in 1970. It was adopted as the team name after the famous club.

"The English club gave their written permission to the Bundaberg club to adopt their distinctive colours, and over the past 31 years, hundreds of youngsters have put on their claret and blue shirts on Saturdays and have done their best to make Aston Villa the best club in Bundaberg."

The club is looking to build on its successes from last year, when three junior teams headed their divisions, two teams won the shield competitions in their age groups, and the Division 1 women's Blue team was the beaten grand finalist.

"A number of BAV juniors have already been selected to play in both Bundaberg and Wide Bay representative teams in 2012 and two BAV coaches will also be coaching these teams," Smith said.

Smith said stability was a strong point at the club.

"The strength we are carrying forward is based on a strong and stable club executive group, a dedicated group of managers and coaches, and an increasing number of players who just love to play in the claret and blue," he said.

Their sign-on for juniors and seniors will be at Brothers Sports Club, Takalvan St, on Saturday from 9am-1pm in the children's room.

A parent or guardian will need to accompany juniors.

New boys and girls are welcome in all age groups from Small Sided Football (under-6 to under-10), to under-11 to under-17 teams and the men's and women's competitions.

Once the season gets under way the club's website will have information about the club and you will be able to check out the BAV club on Facebook this year.

For more information, phone Smith on 0406 753 357.