The idea of forming a Highfields ‘Soccer’ Club came about when Noel and Helen Oldham decided they would like their son Stephen to play soccer. At the time, rugby was the only local sport available in Highfields. Noel discussed the idea with Barry Franke and they decided to call a meeting to gauge interest from the local community.
Approximately 30 people attended this meeting and the decision was made to form the Highfields Club. The first Executive members were:
- Noel Oldham – President
- Barry Franke – Vice President
- Helen Oldham – Secretary
- Andew McLintock – Treasurer
Sign-On Day eventually came and 72 players registered with the Club, resulting in seven teams entered into what was then the Toowoomba Junior Soccer Association Inc. Today we have around 500 players in the Club.
Initially all games at Home were played on the full sized field, with goal posts on wheels being moved throughout the day to suit each age group playing.
Noel Oldham remained President from the Inaugural year until the end of 2013 and saw the Club grow from strength to strength. Barry Franke held an Executive position each year until 2015. Barry was also Coach of the first Senior Mens Team in 2007. This team had an impressive start, making to the finals in their inaugural year.
2008 saw the Club’s first Colts U16/U18 team entered into the Senior Competition. In 2009, the Club was proud to have a Senior Mens Reserve and also a Colts team playing in the competition. In 2014, we were proud to have Premier Ladies, Mens Division One and Mens Division Two playing in the Senior Competition.
2004 was the Club’s first Premiership win. Our U13B Strikers were victorious on this momentous occasion.
The growing strength of the Club is evident by many teams reaching Semi-Finals and Grand-Finals over the past years.
2005 saw the Club introduce Indoor Soccer at the Highfields Indoor Sports Centre, both for Juniors and Seniors. This initiative has been hugely popular, with players coming from all over the district to play.
2016 was the proudest year for our Club, with four teams playing in Grand Final matches. And our Senior Ladies and Division 1 Mens both coming home with our FIRST ever Premiership trophies!
With fantastic team spirit and many lifelong friendships formed, the Club is fortunate to have built such strong foundations in its short history.
In 2019, we are celebrating our 20 year club anniversary with a move to our amazing new home grounds at the Highfields Sports Park, Barracks Road Highfields.