From humble beginnings, the UTS Australian Football Club has grown to become one of the largest clubs in Sydney, and the biggest in the city’s eastern suburbs.
Playing and training across three grounds, we play home games at Trumper Park in Edgecliff, Waverley Oval in Bondi and also train at Bat and Ball Oval in Moore Park.
After competing at the Australian University Games in 1998 and 1999, the Bats were formed by The Bats were Established in the year 2000 and from humble beginnings, now stands proudly as one of the the UTSAFC has grown into the powerhouse club of Sydney AFL.
To be an elite club built as One team, on and off the field. We will do this by:
1. Developing a leading club and performance culture in the Sydney AFL, building on our foundations and utilising our community and networks
2. By working for each other and showing up to support the club
3. To Deliver us results – drive engagement, retain players and get us results on and off the field
In 2019 we undertook a merger of male and female clubs to become a fully inclusive club under one governance structure and single brand. Ever since the club has been a vocal and outcomes driven leader in driving the growth of female football in Sydney.
The club is strongly committed to aligning to the AFL Women’s Football Vision 2021-2030 and implementing the Women and Girls Game Development Action Plan Phase 1 Summary 2022-2025.
Some achievements that we are proud of include:
- A Club Constitution which requires a female President or Vice President;
- The Bats is one of the largest senior women’s clubs in Sydney with 3 senior teams and the introduction, in 2024, of our inaugral women’s U20s team, taking the number of female teams to 4; and
- Having 3 AFLW players drafted in the last 3 seasons (Claudia Gunjaca to Geelong, Grace Hill to GWS Giants & Tanya Kennedy to Sydney Swans)
Our Culture is one of the most important aspects of the club and we have developed values that exemplify the standards we hold ourselves to:
Train and Play to Win
Show Up and Contribute
Look Out For Each Other
Celebrate Our Wins and Our Club
|Sam Chadwick (VP)
|Events and Player Engagement
|Media and Communications
|Facilities and Matchday
|Kaitlin McCaffery (VP)
|Secretariat, Governance and Compliance