Club Spotlight: Raymond Terrace Soccer Club (NNSW)

What do Matildas Alison Forman, Bridgette Starr and Cheryl Salisbury, and Socceroos Marshall Soper and Clayton Zane all have in common? 

At one time they all called Raymond Terrace Soccer Club home. 

The formation of RTSC back in 1957 can all be traced back to grassroots values.  Five local men in Sid Davis, Jim Elliot, John Dundas, Joe Lloyd and Bill Bobbins, wanted to create something for their children. With little more than some borrowed footballs and nets, the quintet started a legacy that has lasted over 60 years to date. 

“We are a club that aims to foster a love of the game,” shared Under 11 Girls Manager Holly Moore.

We offer those in our community an opportunity to meet new people, create positive life experiences and aspire to be their best.” 

“Every volunteer at RTSC is highly valued and appreciated and we have a great culture that ensures our committee members, coaches and managers return year after year.”

That ethos of community and excellence has seen RTSC not only grow but thrive into an admired club, highlighted by their award of the Newcastle Football’s Club of the Year in 2017. 


Like many clubs in the Newcastle region, Raymond Terrace Soccer Club has seen a boom in the number of female players joining the club.  With the committee diligently working to execute their growth plan, RTSC has seen a 100% increase in their junior girls over last five years. 

“Supporting and growing female football is important to Raymond Terrace Soccer Club,” Moore explained. 

“In 2015 RTSC entered our first all-girls team in the U7 Inter-district Girls competition.  Since then the club has focused on increasing our girls teams each year.”

“By 2018 we fielded all-girls teams from U7 through to U10, with many others participating in mixed teams.” 

“Although our numbers may be smaller than other clubs in the region, our commitment to women’s football is obvious with our representation often outnumbering the much larger clubs.” 

That commitment was further in show in June when 320 players from 36 teams came together from across the lower Hunter to attend RTSC’s first ever All Girls Gala Day.

A successful day all round, the club plans to hold the event annually as they continue to foster growth in their part of the world. 

All Girls Gala
Action from the All Girls Gala Day (Photo Credit: Valentine Sports Photography)

Last year at the Matildas match in Newcastle against Chile, this strength in female numbers was on full display, with players marching on the pitch before the game. 

“It was an incredibly special moment to watch our girls representing the enormous growth taking place in female football.” 

There was an additional sense of pride for a club who have had three Matildas, including Hall of Famers Forman and Salisbury, in their history. 

Matildas good luck message
Members of RTSC participating in a Matildas World Cup message of support (Photo Credit: Newcastle School Portraits)

In 2019, Raymond Terrace Soccer Club are working to ensure all the players at their club have limitless opportunities make it as far as their ability takes them – and maybe join Forman, Salisbury and Starr on the honour board. 

“Our dream would be to field girls’ teams in every age range, from Miniroos to competition teams.

“We have an amazing committee, passionate coaches and managers, and incredible facilities. We are building every year and believe that this is a realistic goal.”


FACT BOX

Club Name:

Raymond Terrace Soccer Club

Member Federation:

Northern NSW

Foundation:

1957

# of Teams:

36

# of Players:

448

Social Media Links:

FB: fb.com/raymondterracesoccerclub

Twitter: twitter.com/raymond_club