It's fair to say that BBAFC has experienced phenomenal growth in senior football in a few short years.
Up to 2013 BBAFC was only a Youth and Junior football club. Tired of losing quality players to other clubs in their teenage years, a vision was born to develop senior football.
In 2013 BBAFC created and entered a Men's First Team in Senior football for the very first time, playing that inaugural year in AFF Div 1. Fast forward to 2022 and our Men's First team is playing NRFL Div 2, along with our U23's (Reserves), plus we have 13 community Senior Mens Teams and two Community Senior Women's Teams.
With the club having invested in the youth through our Director of Football and Technical Director, the aim is to provide a pathway for our youth into quality senior football. It's very exciting as a club to every year hand out 10 and 15 year service awards to our dedicated and committed players.
All senior players wear our Adidas strip.
Senior fees are $260 per player. We do provide an option for a team to pay in bulk at a discounted rate before season start.
The season generally runs from early April until September.
Senior football predominantly plays home games at Lloyd Elsmore Park where we have our club rooms that we share with the Howick and Pakuranga Cricket Club. As such, it's one of the nicest club rooms and bar facilities so as to enjoy a cold one or two after the games. It's important to the club to develop a positive team and club culture, so we encourage all our teams to enjoy the after match at the club rooms.
A rapid rise through the grades finds our Men's First team playing NRFL Div 1. The First and Reserves provide a pathway for our talented youth in elite senior football.
There are currently 12 senior men's team playing in the NRF across 10 different divisions. As such we provide a number of opportunities for senior players of all differing abilities, whether purely social or more competitive.
We are proud to have some long serving teams and teams with cult followings - The Phins, The Horses, Red Bulls.
We have two women's community teams playing NRF Div 3 and 4. Senior women play football on Sundays, followed by a traditional lunch catered by the home team.
Not forgetting the more mature players of the club, there are four teams playing Over 40s football. The legends of the club are 'The Thunderbirds', along with 'The Aces' and our cultural 'East Chinese'.
"You're on your own out there ... with 10 mates"