An historic club founded in 1859 and steeped in history, the Melbourne University Blacks has been an amazing place to play football for over 150 years. To become a “Blacker” is one of the best life decisions you’ll ever make. There are hundreds of reasons you will love the Blacks, but we've chosen nine to tell you about.
The Victorian Amateur Football Association is Australia’s largest and arguably best amateur league, with the Blacks playing in the Premier B division.
Unlike many of the other clubs in the VAFA, The Blacks are not an Old Boys School team, so many players at the Blacks are from around Victoria and interstate – a couple of players have even come from overseas! From ex-AFL players right through to first-timers, the Blacks are proud to be an inclusive club.
With the Seniors, Reserves and Phoenix making finals in 2018, the Blacks are competitive and well respected. Blacks footy is tough, uncompromising and has led to prolonged success in the upper divisions of the VAFA.
The Blacks is the place to be regardless of your age, standard, or footballing aspirations. The club is proud of its ability to develop talented young footballers into outstanding players at the senior level. We ensure that our players have access to the best coaching staff available, and with 2014 senior premiership coach Cameron Roberts (Senior coach), Chris Smith and Jordan Foster (Reserves coaches) in their roles, you are in good hands. Cameron played with Geelong in the late 1990’s after playing with North Adelaide, and then played with Sturt in the SANFL and Southern Districts in NTFL after leaving Geelong. Chris played senior footy with Swan Hill FC and Woomelang FC. Chris has also coached extensively in junior football and rep level basketball. In 2017 Chris coached the Swan Hill FC Colts to a premiership and was also a selector for the Swan Hill FC senior side. Jordan is a familiar face to many at the Blacks, having played in the 2012 Senior and 2014 Reserve premierships. After working as an assistant coach under Cam for the last couple of seasons, 'Foz' is looking forward to working with the Reserves in 2019.
The Ernie Cropley Pavilion is a state-of-the-art facility, which incorporates elements of the original structure built in 1906 and is said to be the best amateur football facility in Australia, the envy of all clubs in the VAFA.
Established in 1859 the Melbourne University Football club was once in the VFL which later became the AFL – only the Melbourne and Geelong Football Clubs are older.
The Academy identifies and develops young aspiring footballers within the broader club. New or existing young players at the Blacks will be given the best developmental opportunities in the VAFA, both on and off the field.
Football is about having fun and meeting great people. With a strong off-field social scene, the Blacks provide an instant group of friends. With many functions at the Pavvy, the Clyde and around Melbourne, there is never a dull moment at the Uni Blacks.
The unparalleled past player and support network combined with the famous culture makes The Blacks a special club. On September 22 2012, AFL Hall of Famer and former Uni Blacks director of caching David Parkin was quoted in the age as saying:
“I’d have to say the culture at the Blacks is the best culture of any football club I’ve been involved with, even Hawthorn”
If this sounds like a club for you, then we would love to hear from you! Whether you are studying at Melbourne University, another institution or just looking to meet some great people and play a good standard of footy, you will be made most welcome.