Ormeau Football Club are in their fifth year of existence, having commenced playing in the Football Gold Coast competitions in 2013.
From humble beginnings, the club commenced its preparations to field teams in 2012 and have not looked back since.
The club was initially envisioned by Richard O’Leary, who had the vision and drive to start the club.
With a small committee of five people in the first year, the club has grown steadily in numbers with a total of twelve committee members in 2018 along with a paid administrator, Belinda Scullino.
Beginning the 2013 season with 151 members in total, club numbers have soared since then, with the peak totalling 430 members last season in 2017, ranging from Squirts all the way through to Seniors.
This year, the club has lost some numbers but still sit at a total of 390 members.
With the ever-growing population around the local area, the club is hoping to continue to reach the steady numbers it has seen in recent years.
“We are looking to stay over 400 members each season,” said Belinda Scullino, club administrator.
Having fielded teams in multiple age groups across all divisions, the All-Stars are not content in sitting on their achievements and successes to date.
The club are constantly looking to improve in any way possible, with ideas on improving facilities and strategies on player retention and attraction at the height of internal discussions.
“We are working on a number of strategies such as advertising registrations earlier through email campaigns and social media,” said Scullino.
Most clubs in the Football Gold Coast landscape experience a high churn rate of players, which is something that Ormeau FC have looked at as a concern and something they need to rectify.
“We are looking at possible incentives for player retention especially in the older age groups. We feel that this is very important moving forward for our club,” said Scullino.
Time will tell if the efforts of what was a small group of people five years ago will continue to grow into a local super power in the football landscape.