Club Spotlight: Launceston United FC (TAS)

For over 60 years Launceston United Soccer Club has been a staple in Northern Tasmania. 

It is a history that Committee Member Joseph Strickland and his fellow Executive Committee members take great pride in maintaining.

“Our club is special because of the club history and culture, dating back over 50 years,” he said. 

“The club has previously been known by three different names, and has merged with other clubs in the past, making Launceston United one of the oldest clubs in the region.”


The club currently boasts 622 players and 53 teams, with an incredible mix of individuals that are representative of the broader Australian community. 

“The diversity within the club makes us unique, with people from many different backgrounds forming the foundations of the club in the early years,” he continued. 

“This is similar today with people originating from countries from around the world, who now call Launceston home, choosing to play at our club.”

Over those six decades, Launceston United has worked to create and maintain an open atmosphere, shared club Secretary Brian Heazlewood. 

A testament to this is the generations of family members that have returned to the club through the years. 

“We try to be a family and community club,” Heazlewood stated. 

“It is a real family atmosphere. People just want to come down and have a kick or just socialise.”

“We have people who are second and third generation with the club, building ties and traditions around the game.”

The Committee has worked to ensure that they cater to the broad spectrum of people who arrived at their clubhouse doors.  In addition to a burgeoning pool of junior players, Launceston United has also attracted senior players in their 50s and 60s through their more social 7-a-side matches on Sunday afternoons. 

“The club is just there to give people an avenue to participate,” Heazelwood outlined.  “We want to win leagues - but participation is a key part of the club.”

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Like many clubs, Launceston United has seen a transformation in their gender balance. 

With the rise of the Matildas resulting in growth on the female side of the game, the Committee has appointed a Women’s Development Officer. Former United player and current Physical Education teacher Jacinta Hall has taken on the key role.

Launceston United - Girls Program
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Hall coaches a junior girl’s side and is responsible for mentoring junior girls coming through the ranks at Launceston United, providing a pathway for junior girls to join the senior women's team in the future.

“As the club would like an increase in female players, our newly appointed Female development officer will network amongst current female players at the club, in order to attract more girls and women to the clubs playing ranks.” Strickland said. 

The focus on women’s football is already seeing some results on the elite end of the game.  For the first time in their club history, a player has been called up for Matildas representative duty. Brian’s daughter, Emily Heazlewood, was selected to attend a Young Matildas training camp earlier this year. 

Emily Heazlewood
Launceston United is working to develop more players like Emily Heazlewood (Photo: Football Federation Tasmania)

Emily’s progression has sharpened the focus of the club on expanding the number of participants playing in their region, in both the girls and women’s program. 

“A Women’s World Cup in Australia will promote the game, and get girls and women thinking about playing the game.”  

“A Limitless Future for girls and women at Launceston United involves more females playing the game in greater numbers.” 

“We want to create an environment through our junior system to develop a future Matildas’ star who will hopefully be taking part in 2023 and beyond.”


FACT BOX

Club Name:

Launceston United Soccer Club

Member Federation:

Football Tasmania

Foundation:

1958

# of Teams:

53 (49 Junior, 4 senior)

# of Players:

622 (536 junior and 86 senior)

Social Media Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/launcestonunited/