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Men of Football is a not for profit organisation which seeks to assist football participants in times of need. Our assistance is not solely for players but for any participant in football. We have some simple aims and objectives.

They include:

  • Assisting past football participants who may have fallen on hard times
  • Providing support and assistance to the families of past and present football participants who have passed on or need their support
  • Assisting current football participants to realise their potential and participation in the game

If you are someone who needs assistance to get through some hard times, or know of anyone who needs assistance, please contact us using either of the following forms:
  Central Coast MoF Grant Application »
  Hunter MoF Grant Application »
  Queensland & Northern Territory MoF Grant Application »

Below are some of the stories of the people we have been honoured to assist.

Troy Waters Fundraiser

Troy Waters, former Australian Middleweight Boxing Champion from the NSW Central Coast, is now in the fight of his life as he was recently diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia.

The family is now facing an uncertain future and financial hardship as they manage the cost of treatment, daily living and education costs for their 2 children, Nate (13) and Shontae (9).

Troy has been a massive part of the Central Coast Mariners over the last ten years. He has dedicated his time and boxing expertise every pre-season since the Mariners began.

MoF-CC presented a donation to Troy at his fundraising dinner on the 22nd of November 2014.

Bill Machin

The plight of another member of our football community has been brought to the attention of Men of Football.

Bill Machin played junior football for Barnsley, then went on to play for KB youth, Stewart and Lloyds and West Wallsend.

He managed Wallsend seniors and also held the position of Club President.

Bill is suffering from a chronic liver ailment caused by misdiagnosis of medications for another health issue. He recently underwent "TIPS" surgery on his liver. His recovery is hindered by fatigue and other associated issues.

Men of Football have provided a grant that will enable Bill to have his lawns mowed for a period of six months while he recovers.

Remember if you are aware of anyone in our football family who could do with a helping hand, please contact us.

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Matt Storey

Keith Harris swam 50 laps of the Forum Olympic pool in order to raise funds to assist young Matthew Storey in his fight against Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

Men of Football members rallied behind Keith and due to their overwhelming generosity we were able to donate $13,000 to Matt's fighting fund.

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Connor Chapman

Late last year the Newcastle Jets approached The Men of Football hoping to find accommodation for young Australian representative player Connor Chapman.

Connor played under Gary Van Egmond at the A.I.S. and was keen to join the Jets. Through The Men of Football network we were able to secure this accommodation through the very generous offer by local football identity Mark Trenter. Mark's football experience will no doubt provide an excellent environment for young Connor as he settles in at the Jets.

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Assistance for locals

The Central Coast Chapter has been busy over the last few weeks by way of assisting two local people with badly needed funds. A donation of $500.00 was made to the Jack McCabe Fund being organised by Avoca Beach Football Club. Jack was a young sixteen year old footballer who was tragically killed while on holiday in Bali with his parents. He played for Avoca Under 16 team and the Club organised a Fund Raising Function to assist his family with funeral and other expenses. Steven Grimmit is a goalkeeper with Berkeley Vale Men's first grade team. He unfortunately had a seizure whilst out shopping and fell and hit his head on the concrete floor. He has since been unable to work, and being the only bread winner his family was in need of financial assistance. Berkeley Vale Football Club organised a Fund Raising Football Day and the Central Coast Chapter donated an amount of $250 to the Fund which raised approximately $2000 on the day..

Josh Ellery Fund

Budgewoi Football club has commenced a Benefit Fund for Josh Ellery, a senior player who has played his entire career at the Club, and is also a hard working club volunteer off the playing pitch. Josh, who is due to be married in a few weeks, suffered a very badly broken leg in a recent match which has finished his playing career, and left him unable to work.

He and his fiancee, have recently purchased a new home and were in the position of needing assistance to help pay their bills and living expenses.

The Management Committee elected to make a donation of one thousand dollars ($1000.00) to Josh's Benefit Fund, and following approval from MOF
 National Body the payment has now been made.

We wish Josh a very quick recovery, and he and his fiancee all the best in their future marriage.

Charity can begin in a new home

Hunter Simba FC is the first recipient of Men of Football’s charity and they celebrated their first official game at home on Saturday 7th May 2011 using equipment provided by Men of Football. Equipment provided included goal nets, corner posts, training balls and bibs, water bottles and shin pads for players and a first aid kit.

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