If you are involved in soccer (football) in Moreland, you will have heard of Robyn Thomas. Robyn is the Club Administrator at the Brunswick Zebras Football Club, a role she has held for the past five years. Robyn started helping out about 12 years ago when her kids started playing.
As with all local community clubs, Brunswick Zebras is a volunteer run club. All committee members have various duties but to summarise Robyn’s, she plays to her administration strengths and manages the initial registration of all club players, ensuring they have appropriate team clothing and that players/teams get on the field to play soccer.
To do this, Robyn uses her friendly and approachable personality to work with various families, Football Victoria, Councils and other interested parties to ensure their needs are met. Robyn also looks after the administration for the three pavilions the club use, from ensuring electricity bills are paid and that the phone doesn’t get switched off, canteens are well stocked and baristas/catering staff are available.
Robyn admits it’s full on and quite challenging at the best of times, however she likes knowing that systems are in place to ensure that everyone is welcomed to the club and can play or watch the soccer game. Robyn believes the games should run smoothly and efficiently and all other issues are managed and controlled so that the kids only have to concentrate on the enjoyment of playing the game, and parents can cheer from the sidelines. It’s why they joined up in the first place she says!
Brunswick Zebras FC welcomes all those who come along and simply want to play. They want to encourage the younger generation to become part of a community, learn new skills, be active and socialise with others who have the same interests. It's a chance to meet new people and make friends for life whilst enjoying and having fun at game that they love. Families also get the opportunity to attend club trivia nights and other fundraiser activities run by the club. The skills Robyn has allowed her to contribute to the club operations spending time with her kids at a sport they love.
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