History:

 

The Redbacks began in 2009 when a group of parents saw the need for a soccer team in Buninyong.   It began as a satellite of Vic Park soccer club with 3 Junior teams and a total of 30 players.  After training at Buninyong Primary School for a few months we eventually found a "home" at Royal Park, sharing the grounds with the community gardens group.  In 2012, the Redbacks became a club in its own right and so began the Buninyong Soccer club.

In that same year the club, together with the Ballarat Council, rejuvenated the old soccer pitch behind the Buninyong Tennis Courts in Forest Street and later a shed was constructed to store equipment.  By this stage the club had grown to around 55 players and although facilities were limited, the club had established a great vibe and a good, fair reputation.

After a couple of years, the original Under 11s reached the Under 17 competition and numbers in the club swelled to 95 players.  The small Buninyong ground was unable to sustain all of the teams and the older Juniors played their home games on the Ballarat University ground.   In 2015, the Under 17s surprised many by being the first to qualify for a grand final.  Although they did not win, they gained enormous respect and had a massive crowd of supporters cheering them on.  

2016 was the clubs first foray into the Senior Mens competition with the team exceeding all expectations by brining home the club's first ever premiership.  The council and BDSA  have recognised the substantial interest there is in soccer in Buninyong and a grand plan to create a club room, change rooms and 2 senior pitches at Royal Park has been formulated.

This year our seniors have been promoted to the Division 1  Men's Competition and on the back of last years premiership win, our numbers are set to explode.

We can only hope the council can swing their plans into action so we have grounds to accomodate what could be as many as 11 teams this year.

From such small beginnings, soccer will now be available for Buninyong’s growing population to enjoy in future years.