For many years a coterie of North Old Boys’ past players, officials and supporters came together for ad hoc luncheons and dinners to raise funds for the Club. In 2013, this was formalised and the All Saints Coterie established. The name reflected the coming together of St Joseph’s North Melbourne and St Patrick’s Ballarat.
The original objects of the Coterie were to bring Club members and sponsors together to socialise at an annual dinner and other Club functions, providing them with networking opportunities and to enjoy themselves, while financially supporting the Club. Also, and very importantly for an amateur football club, it was to assist players with job, education, housing or other opportunities.
Those objects have been achieved with Coterie membership numbers of between 50 and 65 over a five-year period. The annual dinners have become folklore. Jobs have been found for players. A lot of money has been raised for the Club. The Coterie has also provided awards every year to every team in the Brunswick Junior Football Club.
As the Club has grown with the addition of women’s teams and changed its name to Brunswick Football Club, the Coterie is also evolving. In 2018 the Coterie continues its inclusive outlook seeking to broaden its membership base to become a gender-neutral group of sponsors, supporters, current and past players, administrators, and parents from both Senior and Junior Clubs.
The Coterie is led by Garry Foulds, a former senior coach (2002 – 2004) and life member of the Club (and 300+ game Essendon champion) and Peter O’Farrell , a former Senior Club Captain, Selector, Assistant Coach, Runner, Recruiter, Vice President, Treasurer, life member and all round Club legend.
Members vouch for the great value they receive from the annual packages, especially the dinner, Club merchandise and discounts on functions and events. Get on board in 2018!