Dad earns recognition
Association honours volunteer
STEPHEN Bradbury’s 45year football career has spanned many roles – from player, coach, manager, administrator, match official and grounds person – and he has no plans to slow down.
He was recently awarded an accolade from Football NSW for his service to the sport in Blacktown.
Bradbury had been club secretary at Minchinbury Jets Soccer Club for 15 years and stepped down this year.
He helped grow the Minchinbury club from 200 players 10 years ago to 600 players this year.
“I’ve been involved in soccer as a player, coach and manager since I was five years old,” Bradbury, 53, said.
“I just decided that I wanted to give back to the community and I just love the game.”
In addition to being first on the ground on Saturday mornings, the father of an 18- year-old son is at the oval on Thursday nights writing receipts and pinning up game times so that Saturday morning is all about the youngsters’ soccer games.
“We get a real cross-section of people at the club from all different ethnic groups and ages,” the Sydney FC fan said.
“One of the things that I started at Minchinbury was to get the club involved in over-35s soccer.
“We try to be inclusive and appreciate that there are people coming from lower socio-economic groups too. We are conscious about that and try to help people out with registration fees if they’re having trouble.”
Bradbury spends much of his spare time on the weekends and during the week he helps other committee members to complete things that need to be done to get the teams on the field.
He said he planned to still be around the game in “any way, shape or form”.
Minchinbury Jets stalwart Stephen Bradbury has received a service award from Football NSW. Picture: Justin Sanson