Who’s that? Paul Spight

Seen a strange man in orange watching Oatley FC games this season? That’s Paul Spight, and he’s been around Oatley FC for many years. His company, The Currency Exchange, proudly supports the club and we caught up with him to ask the tough questions that everyone wants answered, including why he isn’t currently wearing the club colours.

Q) Hi Paul
A) Hi, OFC

Q) First things first, you supposedly love OFC but this season are playing for Lugarno FC. Whose side are you on?
A) How rude. I’ve played for Oatley for many years, currently sponsor the club and have been active on the committee. This season our over-45 team fell over and will be revived next year, allowing me to come back in all my glory. Lugarno offered me an option to keep playing Friday nights.

Q) Sounds suspicious to us. Where do we play our home
A) Renown Park

Q) Who is our President?
A) Peter Jones.

Q) What colour socks do we wear?
A) Red. How long is this going to go on for?

Q) Alright then. So, you made a lucky winner at last season’s OFC Gala Dinner a millionaire. That’s a very generous donation and we thank you. 
A) Always happy to make people millionaires – just has to be in Indonesian Rupiah. My business is The Currency Exchange and we buy and sell foreign currency cash.

Q) Nice segue into The Currency Exchange. So, your just change cash into foreign currency, right?
A) We change Aussie to foreign, foreign back to Aussie, and we also issue and reload travel cards called Cash Passports. These are a great way to take money away overseas, and also an alternative or backup to the  traveller’s own credit card, because these things can get lost. We have stores inconveniently located in Wollongong and the Northern Beaches. Oatley is….mutually inconvenient.

Q) So, no branches near here for us to use?
A) No, but we do have a home delivery service so can deliver currency or cards straight to people’s homes. It’s a great option.

Q) How long will it be before nobody needs to carry cash on a foreign holiday? And what will that mean to  you?
A) Cash is declining but there are pockets where cash is still the best. It’s usually best to have a bit of cash as  well as a card – especially for small purchases. Surprisingly Japan is very cash based – Ramen houses and  smaller shops are cash only. Other places like Hawaii and Vegas still love cash as well – easier to get tips! Sweden has a goal of becoming the first cashless country. They even want people to use cards to pay for  toilets and other small items., and many shops and restaurants there already don’t take cash at all. Obviously  the move away from cash will affect our industry, but as we also sell travel cards we are slightly insulated – I  don’t need a new job just yet.

Q) Back to football. Who’s your favourite team outside of OFC?
A) Tranmere Rovers.

Q) Tranmere who?
A) Pride of the Wirral – newly promoted back to  England’s League 1. I lived there when I was a kid. I guess it’s where I got the club sponsorship bug from – they were passing around a bucket to keep the club afloat when I first saw them play in 1983. 

Q) That’s cute. What about Lugarno? Where do they come on your list?
A) My catchphrase is “pass me the ball in the box and I’ll score you a goal”, as long as they keep doing that they are on the list.

Q) How do our members make use of your business?
A) Via our website https://thecurrencyexchange.com.au which has links to home delivery, and other  information including travel tips are regularly updated on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheCurrencyExchange/

Q) Lugarno are playing Oatley. It’s 2-2 in the last minutes of the game. Who are you rooting for?
A) You’re not letting this go, are you?

Q) No. Want to buy an OFC hoodie and prove your support? They’re available on TeamApp.
A) I’ve already got one thanks. Bye!


Female Football Festival – June 16th 2019

Join us on JUNE 16TH for a fantastic festival of female football!

It’s back-to-back action throughout the day, as our girls and women’s teams take on their local rivals at Renown Park.

The day kicks off at 9am with our Girls Under 12 A’s, and culminates in a Premier Women’s League fixture that starts at 3pm.

Come down and lend your support. As always your kids get FREE access to wide open spaces to run around and play, whilst you watch great football with great people. 

The canteen will be open from midday serving BBQ, drinks, coffee and snacks.

Full Fixture Line-up

  • 9am – 12GA
  • 10.05am – 16GB
  • 11.30am – 16GA
  • 1pm – 21G
  • 3pm – Premier Women’s League

This festival is ONLY available at Oatley F.C.

See you there!

Oatley F.C. Committee


New Building – Use and Etiquette

Attention Managers and Coaches

As you’ll have seen, we’ve been making a transition to our new building over recent weeks. The process is almost complete, aside from some lock changes (waiting on council, details to follow) and our organization of training gear to their final positions in new racks. 

We need your help in three key areas:
1) Training Gear and Other Equipment: Let’s get this right. Space is limited and we’ll need your help to ensure items are returned to clearly labelled areas so that everybody can find items easily when arriving for training. This will be finalised shortly and signace placed in the room. 
2) Changing Room Use: If your team makes use of the new changing rooms, it is your team’s responsibility to ensure that the home AND away rooms are clean of rubbish and other items, immediately following EVERY TIME they are used. Let’s make sure that the team following you arrives to a clean environment. 
3) Matchday Equipment – Caged Area: This is the equipment located near the tank. This equipment is only to be used for match day – not for training. Items such as witches hats, poles, balls etc are located in the gear room

Committee members will monitor usage of these areas until everything is functioning smoothly – please ensure your players take pride in the club and the facilities that we share. 

OFC Committee


The St George Warriors are #Awesome

The St George Warriors are a fully integrated special needs program that provides the opportunity for players to participate, engage and enjoy mainstream football.

Check out the flyer below for contact details and training times.
St George Warriors you are #Awesome

See their flyer below for more details


Oatley F.C. Grading Dates 2019

The following grading dates/times have been scheduled to take place at Renown Park


Under 6 – Tuesday 5th Feb from 4:30 pm till 5:15 pm

Under 7 – Tuesday 5th Feb from 5:30 pm till 6:15 pm

Under 8 – Saturday 9th Feb from 1:00 pm till 1:45 pm

Under 9 – Saturday 9th Feb from 2:00 pm till 2:45 pm

Under 10 – Saturday 9th Feb from 3:00 pm till 3:45 pm

Under 11 – Saturday 9th Feb from 4:00 pm till 4:45 pm

Under 12 and Under 13 Boys Combined – Saturday 9th Feb from 5:00 pm till 6:30 pm

Under 12 Females – Thurs 14th Feb from 5:00 pm till 5:45 pm

Under 14 Boys – Tues 12th Feb from 5:00 pm till 6:00 pm

Under 14 and Under 16 Females Combined – Thurs 14th Feb from 5:45 pm till 6:45 pm


Female football age groups at Oatley F.C. in 2019

Registrations for 2019 at Oatley Football Club are now open and we’d like to communicate some changes to the female age groups on offer this year from St George Football Association.

SGFA will continue to offer a graded U16G and All Age Women (AAW) competition just as it did in 2018.

In 2019, two new age ranges for female football will also be offered:

  • U21 Women’s competition for females aged 17-21 years (16 year olds may also ‘play up’ in this age group if desired)
  • O30 Women’s competition for females aged over 30 years who may not wish to play in AAW.

These new age groups have been created by SGFA for the purpose of retaining existing players in these age ranges and attracting new players who may have felt the previous age ranges did not cater to their needs.

Oatley FC encourages you to consider registering for teams in these new age ranges if they apply to you and are something that interests you. In the event that there are not enough registrants to form a team in either of the new age ranges, then we will contact you to discuss options regarding AAW teams.

If you have any questions about the age ranges for females please email femalefootball@oatleyfc.com.au

If you have any questions about the new registration system please email registrar@oatleyfc.com.au


Oatley F.C. teams up with “Return and Earn”

OFC has teamed up with the Return and Earn scheme to do some recycling and raise club funds through donations of eligible cans and bottles.

From now until 24 Feb 2019 you can donate 10c per can and bottle to OFC through the Reverse Vending Machine at Club Grandviews (near Gannons Park).

Save the bottles from the silly season, ask the neighbours to contribute their bottles to you, and get the kids into recycling!

How to:

  1. Go to the Reverse Vending Machine behind Club Grandviews.
  2. Simply put your cans and bottles in the machine, select “Donate” and then “Oatley FC”.
  3. To make it even easier we’ll arrange an afternoon or two where you can bring your bottles and cans down to Renown for collection.

Eligibility of drink containers & The Return and Earn scheme

Most drinks containers between 150ml and three litres can get you a refund. They need to be in good condition (not broken or crushed), be empty and have the label attached. The containers can be made of:

    • Glass;
    • Plastic;
    • Aluminium;
    • Steel;
    • Or liquid paperboard (cartons)

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