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KLUFC Junior Memberships Open for Season 2024

Welcome to the 2024 season! Registration for our JUNIOR programs (U5-U12) are now open and will close in mid-March.

Training Days

Age Group training days have been worked around our ground availabilities and are conditionally:

  • U5, U6, U7 – Wednesdays
  • U8, U9 – Tuesdays
  • U10, U11, U12 – Thursdays

Age group training should be at the Lightwood Park precinct and club rooms and kiosk will be open on training afternoons.

Other Opportunities

We also want to let you know that there are a lot of exciting opportunities planned for our Juniors in 2024, including: 

  • Mascot opportunities for our junior players at NPL and WSL games
    Team mate of the week
    NPL and WSL players to attend junior training sessions.
    Pre-match changeroom tours during NPL and WSL games
    Invites to attend open training sessions with our NPL and WSL players.

For any questions, please reach out to our Program Manager, Lorna Barrett.

Key Dates

Online Junior Memberships

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Mini-roos Coaching Course at the Den

Football Tasmania will be conducting a MiniRoos Coaching Course @Lightwood Park, Kingborough on Sunday 3rd March 2024 from 9am-12pm.

Cost of the course is $16.50

This course is for coaches of any level and is the introductory coaching course offered by Football Australia.

Please fill out the form (link below) to reserve your space in the course. A maximum of 24 participants can attend. Participants will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

To Register for the course please complete this FT Form:

**Anyone that commits to coaching a Junior (5-12) team at Kingborough Lions United Football Club in 2024 will have their course fees reimbursed.

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Kingborough Lions Youth Melbourne Trip

A group of 33 players aged 12 to 17 and accompanying adults recently travelled to Melbourne for a weekend of football experiences.

The group were fortunate to experience two games at the highest level of competition in Australia attending the Melbourne Victory FC V Macarthur FC Isuzu UTE A-league Mens game and the Western United FC V Brisbane Roar Liberty A-league Womens game. 12 of our young players acted as ball people at the women’s game, an ideal opportunity to be up close to the action. A number of our youth were able to meet the players and some had shirts signed.

A highlight of the trip, which inspired young and old, was a private tour of the Home of the Matildas facilities at La Trobe University, a brand new, purpose built facility showcasing state of the art fitness and treatment areas and hybrid (grass and artificial turf) pitches.

Attendees also participated in technical sessions, a dip at the pool (it was hot!) and a trip to the Australian Sports Museum.

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Seeking Sports Trainers

Kingborough Lions United Football Club is on the lookout for sports trainers, both current and aspiring, to join our team and support the Club’s Women’s (WSL & U18s) and Men’s Squads (NPL & U21s) during the 2024 Season. If you’re keen to get involved but lack the necessary qualifications, the Club offers support to help you engage in the appropriate training courses.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Supporting with both training and match day preparations, including assistance at the sideline for home and away games.
  • Offering strapping and soft tissue treatments to players.
  • Collaborating within a multidisciplinary team, reporting directly to the Sports & Exercise Medicine Coordinator and Head Coaches.

Work hours range from 1 to 15 hours weekly, starting from February/March until September 2024.

The club will provide a medical kit, treatment table, and official Club apparel.

Compensation details are open for discussion.

Email Expressions of Interest to [email protected]

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Seeking First Aiders/Trainers

Kingborough Lions United Football Club is currently looking for volunteers to serve as first aiders/trainers during training sessions and matches for the Club’s Youth Program in the 2024 Season. Participation in all sessions is not mandatory. If you’re interested but lack a current First Aid certification, the Club is willing to assist in obtaining the necessary qualification.

Roles & Responsibilities include:

  • Delivering immediate aid and emergency care to individuals injured during training or games.
  • Recording any first aid incidents.
  • Tracking the usage of first aid supplies for replenishment.

The club will ensure the availability of appropriate First Aid kits.

Please send your expressions of interest via email to Greg Downes at [email protected] or Lorna Barrett at [email protected].

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Youth Registrations Open Season 2024

youth registrations 2024

Youth Registrations at Kingborough Lions United Football Club are open. If you’re turning 13-17 in 2024 come and join us for Season 2024.

Register at and then secure for your membership by purchasing one of these packages:

If you need more information about Youth Football, contact Lorna, [email protected] (17yo Girls contact Loga, [email protected]). If you need registration assistance, contact our Registrar Cathy, 0458 291 156, [email protected].

Roar with the Pride!

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Lions Break New Ground with Appointment of First Junior Technical Director

Tim Dale 2024

Kingborough Lions United FC is delighted to announce the appointment of Tim Dale to the role of Junior Technical Director – the first time in the Club’s history a dedicated technical role has been allocated to our entire Junior and SAP programs.

“I’m excited to be taking on this role. I’ve been involved with the club, on and off, since playing for Blackmans Bay United as an U/8.

KLUFC have a huge base of juniors, last year it fielded 26 teams with 293 players from U/6 to U/12. I hope to play a role in building this number, in helping ensure that juniors that register with KLUFC have a positive experience playing the game and that those that aspire to improve their skills also have that avenue. Additionally, the role will be about supporting coaches and volunteers, those parents that give up their time to coach during the week and on the weekend, providing them with assistance if they require it.” said Tim

The club has been restructuring to ensure that it can fully support all players and programs as the number of players and coaches continue to grow.

As a player, Tim represented Kingborough Lions, Caledonians, Olympia, Hobart Juventus and Riverside Olympic at senior level and was recently awarded Life Membership at the club. Tim’s coaching experience extends to a range of sports via coordinating sport at Fahan School for 24 years (including football).

“The club has been working hard to ensure we can deliver our programs in keeping with our aspirations, and I am very excited that we have been able to secure Tim in this critical role. As an educator, coach, and footballer Tim brings a wealth of skill, knowledge, maturity and experience to our Junior program space (U5-U12). Our junior members can look forward to an exciting and rewarding season as Tim takes responsibility for technical program delivery for our Junior Program, Skill Acquisition Phase Program and our Discovery Phase Program. This role will also include community and school engagement as we transition the role to full time in May.” said Simon Edwards , Technical Director.

Tim’s football coaching and management experience includes:

  • Coach Central Region U/9 Team
  • Coach U/12 Southern Girls – competed intrastate tournament
  • Coach U/13 Southern Boys – trip to mainland tournament
  • Ass. Coach Riverside Olympic Football Club Snr Men
  • Coach Riverside Olympic Snr Men Reserves
  • Head Coach NPL Men (was then Premier League) 2005 and 2006
  • (including being named Coach of the Year)
  • Ass. Coach NPL Men (Premier League and Victory league) 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2016
  • Head Coach Womens Premier League 2001
  • Coach Div. 1 Men
  • Coach Junior Boys – U/7, U/8 and U/10 KLUFC
  • Coach Junior Girls – U/7 and U/9 KLUFC
  • Vice President Kingborough Lions Football Club – 2009
  • Football Management Committee KLUFC – 2014
  • Assisted in recruitment of mainland/international recruits KLUFC NPL – 2019
  • Video Analysis KLUFC NPL – 2017 and 2021
  • Coach: U/12 and U/13 KLUFC Girls – 2022 and 2023
  • Coach: U/13 Girls TSP (for Football Tasmania) 2023

The club will is accepting enrolments for our Term 1 Junior SAP and Discovery programs, and will be opening Junior Memberships shortly for the winter season.

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Official Notice 2023 AGM

Kingborough Lions United Football Club will be held Tuesday 30 January 2024 commencing 7:00pm at Lightwood Park Clubrooms, Lightwood Crescent, Kingston.

Business to be conducted includes:

  • Confirmation of Minutes of Previous AGM 17 January 2023
  • Adoption of Annual Report & Financial Statements
  • Election of Management Board
  • Appointment of Auditor
  • Ratification of Life Members

For further information contact Club President Brian Downes on 0448 377 713 or visit

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Lions Appoint Cameron Heazlewood WSL Head Coach

Cameron Heazlewood

27 October 2023

Kingborough Lions United FC have appointed Cameron Heazlewood as Head Coach of the Club’s Women’s High-Performance Program, and Women’s Super League Team for the next two years.

Heazlewood is a young coach on the rise having this year coached Devonport Strikers’ NPL21’s to fourth in the League, and in 2020 was Head Coach when Launceston United won the Women’s Northern Championship. Heazlewood has also spent several years in North Queensland coaching a mix of age and genders, and is about to complete his B Licence in Queensland.

“We are particularly excited to welcome Cameron to the Den, and recognise that he is an aspiring young coach who will make a very positive contribution to our WSL squad, and of course the younger players coming through” said Brian Downes, Club President.

“I can’t wait to get started; we have a long journey to go on, which will have highs and lows, but I can’t wait to take on this challenge. We have a young squad that has a very high ceiling, and I look forward in helping to develop these players in the right way! We want to play an exciting brand of football that will hopefully get people wanting to watch. We want to create an exciting high-performance environment program that players from all clubs are welcome to join, to strive for greatness”.

“My coaching journey has taken me to the mainland, and I want to thank those who have helped develop me. Most recently, Tom and those at Devonport. I can’t wait for this new challenge and see what we can achieve” said Heazlewood.

The Club expects to announce other WSL Coaching appointments soon.

Players interested in joining the program for season 2024 should complete the Female Program EOI to be received further details.

Cameron Heazlewood Media Release

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Media Release – Lions WSL Head Coach Simon Edwards Steps Down

Simon Edwards

12 October 2023: Kingborough Lions United FC have announced that Simon Edwards, Head Coach of the Club’s Women’s High-Performance Program and WSL has stepped down as the Club prepares for the 2024 season.

Edwards, who was the architect Kingborough Lions United FC’s Women’s High- Performance Program twelve years ago has been instrumental in the development and growth in women’s football at the Club, with just under forty percent of the Club’s playing members being female. This number compares to twenty two percent nationally and around thirty percent across Tasmania.

“Simon’s contribution to women’s football in our Club has been enormous and cannot be under-stated” said Club President Brian Downes. “The leadership and inspiration Simon has provided to hundreds of players within our Women’s High-Performance Program over the past twelve years is immeasurable, and is the foundation upon which the Club is able to confidently continue to build for the future. We are very grateful to Simon and appreciate what he has achieved in service to the Club”  Downes said.

“After dedicating several years of my life to the role, I have made the difficult decision to step down from the WSL coaching role at Kingborough Lions United FC. This decision has not been made lightly, and I feel it is important to share my reasons openly and honestly.

I am proud of the program we created together – which aimed at building belief in our female athletes; to value their contribution, build confidence and honour their aspirations. Working with such passionate individuals involved in the program over the years has been a privilege. Together we have celebrated successes, shared challenges, worked to improve the program, fought to improve equity, and endeavoured to collaboratively develop powerful and confident young people capable of making their mark on our communities in years to come. The bonds we’ve formed, and the growth we’ve achieved together, are something I will always hold dear.

Over the years, I have poured my heart and soul into this club, aiming to contribute to the growth and success of both the athletes, and the organisation as a whole. During my tenure, especially in the past 3 years, I have experienced challenges, having to absorb additional roles at the club during a time of extreme growth at the club) which have impacted my ability to deliver at the standard I expect of myself for the WSL program. Following the board’s NPL/WSL season review, the club has not indicated a way forward that includes me, at this point in time, and this has resulted in my resignation from the position.

I am immensely thankful for the lessons learned, the memories made, and the opportunity to positively impact the lives of our athletes. Each day, I have been inspired by the dedication and determination of those individuals in the team, and coaching staff, that aspired to be the best they could be and aspire to perform at the standard. Thank you to all of those who have supported me and the program over the last decade

The Club will be calling for Expressions of Interest for the High-Performance and WSL Head Coach and Assistant Coach positions in the next several days.