Forty years of Claremont footy

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WITH the start of the football season just around the corner, the Claremont Football Club is this month gearing up to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the opening of its clubrooms in Abbotsfield Park.

The milestone will be marked on Saturday 30 March, with the club extending its invitation to anyone who wants to acknowledge the hard work that was put into building the facility.

“It’s a public event, whoever wants to come, come along,” Claremont Football Club president Christine Carr said.

While the club was founded in 1924, the idea of moving clubrooms from Cadbury to Abbotsfield Park was presented by then president Dennis Moles and various committee members in 1970.

Construction began in 1978 after the land lease, a $60,000 government loan and a liquor licence were obtained.

Numerous sub-contractors were hired, but most of the building was done by volunteers from the club and community, such as 300-gamer John Harris.

“We would like to get as many of the blokes who did work on the clubrooms along to the celebration,” Mr Harris said.

Less than a year after the clubrooms were opened in March 1979, the football club was able to undertake a $35,000 extension due to the huge success it had behind the bar.

Mrs Carr said the club’s focus on the community had led to its growth both on and off the field.

“A lot of families have been involved over the years, and if you bring your families in, the community comes as well,” she said.

“We also have a really good relationship with our junior club, which is up at Cadbury, so that’s how we attract everybody here.”

Mick Atkin was hired to oversee the workers and coordinate the construction of the clubroom, and has since continued to show his support for the club.

“My boys have been through and now their boys, my grandkids, are playing footy here in the underage team,” he said.

“Some clubs go through periods where they get a bad reputation, but I think we can say that we’ve been pretty lucky as far as that goes, we’ve never had any real problems.”

The celebration will begin at 12noon on Saturday 30 March.

For more details, visit the website at www.claremontfootballclubtas.teamapp.com or the Claremont Football Club Facebook page.

Caption: From left, Frank Evans, Mick Atkin, John Harris and Claremont Football Club president Christine Carr outside the clubrooms in Abbotsfield Park.

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