The Central District Football Club, competing in the South Australian National Football League, is South Australia's largest community football club. The Bulldogs proudly represent Adelaide's northern community including Salisbury, Elizabeth, Gawler and the Barossa Valley - 250,000+ residents. Central's home base at Playford Alive Oval is a stones throw from the industrial heartland surrounding Holden (Central's major sponsor since 1989) and the Edinburgh Defence precinct.
Central District's football development zone covers four local government bodies - the City of Playford, the City of Salisbury, the Town of Gawler and The Barossa Council. Playford Alive Oval is an important part of the City of Playford and the Central District Football Club is fortunate to have a great relationship with the council led by Mayor Glenn Docherty and City councillors.
The Central District Football Club Development Team is committed to promoting the Club and Football in the Northern Suburbs and Barossa, Light and Gawler area. Our aim is to increase the awareness of our programs in Schools and local Clubs within our zone. Below are links to our Information Booklets, which explains all the programs available. The Booklet outlines the programs offered by our Club, in conjunction with the SANFL, the methods used to attract players to the elite programs and the support offered to Schools to ensure as many people as possible are playing Australian Rules Football. Click the following links to download the Information Booklets: Information for Schools & Information for Clubs.
CENTRAL DISTRICT HARLEQUIN NETBALL CLUB
Central District is also proud to be involved with the Central District Harlequin Netball Club, who proudly represent the Northern Suburbs
CDFC ALLSTARS DANCE GROUP
The CDFC Allstars Dance Group are a dedicated team of enthusiastic dancers, doing what they love and in turn, supporting the most successful SANFL team of this past decade. You’ll see them pre-match at home games, finals and neutral games bringing colour and excitement to the oval.
"Our team strives to be the best dance team in the SANFL competition, always working on great choreography & funky music to entertain the loyal Bulldog crowd at every home game of the season."
"We appreciate the fantastic support we get from the crowd at game days and when we hold raffles. It is much appreciated, and you keep us looking good! Thanks to all of you :)"
"We look forward to this year being another success for the whole club - get behind us and the boys and show your true colours!"
Central District is honoured to support childrens charity Novita and is proud to have two club legends Chris and James Gowans serve as Novita Ambassadors.
Our League players participate in Novita's Annual "walk with me" day each and every year.
In 2011 Central District wore a unique Novita guernsey design (the first time the Club has worn colours other than red, white and blue) in it's top of the table clash against Norwood. In 2012 CDFC donned special Novita Shorts and also painted a large Novita star on the Oval turf for its Round 16 match against Sturt. Over the past few seasons, through these activites and others, Central District have assisted Novita in raising necessary funds for their work with Children in need.
Central District Football Club is indebted to the community support afforded to it by the Northern suburbs business community. Holden is the clubs major sponsor since 1989 and is longest major sponsorship in the SANFL. Playford Alive, a booming housing development in the North, has secured home ground naming rights, Playford Alive Oval, for the next five years in what is a glowing endorsement for Central District and the Northern Community. Click here to see more sponsors who are proud to support the Northern community.
Celebrating the renaming of Elizabeth Oval to Playford Alive Oval were (from left), Northern Suburbs Minister Michael O'Brien, Luke Habel, CDFC President Tom Zorich, Trent Goodrem, Alan Obst, LMC General Manager John Blaess and LMC Chief Executive Wayne Gibbings.
JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT / SCHOOLS
Our junior development team undertakes and co-ordinates many programmes throughout the year such as:
The Top Dogs School Programme, which is a 6 week in-school program touching on healthy eating, staying active, sports skills and requirements to perform at your best. Last year our junior development team (consisting of CDFC League players) saw approximately 2,200 students throughout our local zoned area.
We also run Specialist Coaching Clinics at Playford Alive Oval (for our Metropolitan Zone) and also in the Barossa Valley (for our Country zone). It’s a 2 day clinic that runs for 4 hours each day. Clinics cost $40 and participants gain an insight into what it is like to be an elite level footballer (across all aspects of prepration, nutrition, training facilities, performance and in relation to being a member of the community). All participants receive 2 days of coaching, a drink and a sausage roll at the end of each day, a T-shirt, a show bag with stickers, pencils, stress footy, drink bottle, opportunity to win a bag, towel, football or hat.
Saturday Morning School Football (SASFA) which is run at Ridley Reserve staring with a carnival in May and running through until August (except in school holidays and on long weekends). It runs from about 8.15 – 11.30am on Saturday mornings. Last year we had 29 teams from 11 schools involved.
Local engagement of Youth in Football. Each year we give out 350 sports bags to junior teams in our area to distribute as encouragements to junior players. We also fill these bags with various items from the Club and football related.
Auskick - CDFC is a licensed Auskick Venue for children wanting to learn and have a go at Aussie Rules Football.
|SANFL and CDFC Development Officer (and CDFC Player) Luke Habel puts the youngsters through their paces in 2012|
Central District's own website - www.cdfc.com.au - receives thousands of hits weekly from football supporters and the public. It isn't just about football, with Grand Central, the club's licensed facility, being immensely popular with families, diners and punters alike.
Central's official Facebook account is ideal for those keen to keep up with the Bulldogs via social media. Click on Facebook and "like" the Bulldogs!
UDOGS is a unique supporter's website devoted to the Bulldogs. While sanfl.info focuses on the SANFL.