A lack of appropriate and available sports grounds in the immediate vicinity forced the Club to play its home games during the early years at a variety of locations, some quite remote from its "feeder" area. Grounds used included the St. Albans Technical School (now Brimbank Secondary College), Robert Barrett Reserve in Maidstone and Green Gully Reserve at Kealba.
Albanvale moved to its present location at Robert Bruce Reserve on the corner of Station and Neale Roads, Deer Park about ten years ago. The oval at that time was little more than a rough paddock and the "clubrooms" consisted of a simple tin shed. However, through the commitment of its members, dedicated and hard-working committees and the assistance of the former City of Sunshine, permanent change-rooms which are still used today were constructed and a formal playing surface was prepared.
In the early 1990's, Albanvale and co-tenant Albion Cricket Club, embarked on an ambitious project to construct formal clubrooms to provide facilities for both clubs' members and supporters, as well as to enhance the amenity of the area and encourage the development of other sporting pursuits. To facilitate this project, a governing body comprising representatives from both clubs was formed - the Robert Bruce Reserve Sports Club Inc. - to ensure that the needs of both clubs and potential future users were adequately addressed.
The Sports Club oversaw the design and construction of the new clubrooms and arranged finance through a one-third contribution by the member clubs, one-third from the former City of Sunshine and one-third commercial loan repayable by the member clubs. Members and sponsors from both clubs contributed much of the materials and labour to keep costs to a minimum, and the building was completed early in 1994.
Loan repayments by each club amount to around $1,000 per month and the Albanvale Football Club relies heavily on contributions from a variety of sponsors to meet this obligation. In return, the club provides exposure to those sponsors through signage, recognition in club publications and other benefits.
Membership fees contributed by Albanvale Football Club members are used almost exclusively for the club's running costs and include, affiliation fees payable to the Western Region Football League, insurance for players to cover medical costs and loss of income in the event of injury, playing/training and medical equipment, jumpers and trophies, etc.. Membership fees levied by the Club are maintained at the minimum level to encourage participation and reflect the diverse socio-economic backgrounds of its members.
Albanvale Football Club currently has approximately 260 registered players competing in Under 10, Under 12, Under 14, Under 16, Under 18, Reserve and Senior grades. Many of our players have had a long association with the Club and it is not unusual for players to achieve significant career milestones such as 150 or 200 games whilst still playing within the Junior ranks. We encourage participation by players in both on and off field activities of the Club and are proud of the involvement provided by parents, spouses, relatives and friends in ensuring the ongoing viability of the Club.
The Club is competitive at all levels with a number of premiership victories at different levels and numerous finals appearances by all teams. The Committee's dedication to presenting a professional and business-like approach to the running of the Club has been recognised by the Western Region Football League through a number of efficiency awards and the 1998 Administrator of the Year Award.