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11th September 2023


At a specially convened meeting of the Old Paradians Football Club Committee on Tuesday the 5th of September, a motion was officially carried to make an application to join the Northern Football Netball League (NFNL) for season 2024.

The move follows a detailed process that had its origins at the 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM), where a motion was presented and approved to evaluate a move from the Victorian Amateur Football Association (VAFA) to the NFNL.  With the disruption of COVID, that investigation had stalled, and was revived at the 2022 AGM.

A sub-Committee was formed with the charter of recommending to remain in the VAFA, or apply to move to the NFNL.  The sub-Committee was chaired by past President and Life Member, Mike Jolley, and included past and current players, past and current committee, a representative from the Old Paradians Association and Parade St Damian’s Junior Football.  The brief included, but was not limited to player attraction and retention, financial evaluation, personnel requirements, approval from the College, facilities and feedback from all corners of the Old Paradians Football Club community. 

The sub-Committee also met with the CEO of the VAFA, along with board members and other representatives, where the VAFA presented their plans for the league and case studies that would be used to assist all clubs throughout the competition.

After careful deliberations it was the view of the sub-Committee that the future of the Club would be better served by applying to join the NFNL.

Prior to the Special Committee meeting, the Club held a “town hall” style meeting at the Frank Mount Rooms, where President Simon Vincent presented the recommendations of the sub-Committee.  Approximately 100 people joined in person or online, and were walked through the process, along with time for questions and answers.



President Simon Vincent said: 

“The significance of the Committee vote is not lost on any of the OPFC Committee members.  We all feel the weight of 94 years of VAFA history on our shoulders, but despite all that, we feel this is the right move for the future viability and prosperity of our club.

With a history as long and storied as ours and the sheer volume of people that have served the Club, it was expected that this recommendation would enact an emotional response.  Pleasingly the vast majority of those canvassed supported a move to the NFNL, and we’re confident that the current Committee has the best interests of the Club and its future at heart.

Personally, the VAFA is the only league I have ever played in, and everyone has and will have a special place for the VAFA.  The more we looked into it, and the more information that came back from the sub-Committee however, the more it became clear that this is the right move for our club’s future.

The history of the Club doesn’t change, and our culture of inclusivity and community has stood the test of time.  We are all excited to be bringing that culture to the NFNL, and welcoming more people into the vast OP community.”


We would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the sub-committee for their diligent work to come to this recommendation. And to all members, players and supporters who voiced their opinions during the process, we thank you for your continued support.

We now enter the application phase with the NFNL. Beginning this week with a presentation to the NFNL board and culminating with final approval by AFL Victoria in mid October.  We are confident our application will be met favourably by all parties and commit to keeping the OP community informed as future milestones are met.

President Simon Vincent is available for any members or supporters who would like to discuss this further. You can reach him on or 0466925777


An exciting future awaits us.



The OPFC Committee


It's that time of the year again, where we recognise all the hard work of the players and our OP community, both on and off the field.
The players have arranged this year's event at a great venue down in the inner north, and we're sure it will be a terrific night.

Click the image below to book your tickets, or goto the link [HERE]


The Old Paradians Football Club is seeking applicants for the role of Senior Coach for 2024.

Established in 1929, and based in Bundoora, the Old Paradians is one of the most respected clubs in the Northern Suburbs, with a strong culture and strong tradition in the development performance and support of young men in our community.  In season 2024 and beyond, we will be moving from the VAFA to the NFNL (pending approval).  Our football program comprises of players from Seniors, Reserves, Under 19s and our Junior Club, Parade St Damian’s JFC.

Reporting to the Head of Football, the successful applicant will:

Lead the Senior Team and, in conjunction with the Club’s football department, develop and oversee a coaching program that will encourage and enable our players to perform at their best.  They will also fit the following criteria:

  • Level 2 AFL Coaching accreditation is preferable

  • Ability to work and lead a team of coaches

  • Experience in coaching and development of younger players

  • Has coached their own team

  • Proven reputation for being strategic and innovative

  • Up to date knowledge of modern trends in football coaching / methodology

  • Enjoyment working with players of varying abilities

  • Excellent communication, organization and time management skills

  • Available to run the pre-season program and all training sessions and Saturday afternoons


Applications including relevant qualifications should be submitted to Club President Simon Vincent by Friday 29th of September


Phone: 0466 925 777




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