Former Byron Bay FC goalkeeper and real estate agent, Damien Smith, along with wife Jodi, have donated $20,000 to help Byron Bay FC move one step closer to the dream of building a new Community Clubhouse.
With over 600 registered players, Byron Bay FC has outgrown its current changerooms and canteen at the Byron Bay Memorial Rec Grounds on Carlyle Street, and has DA-approved plans to build a new Community Clubhouse, which will better service the continued growth of football in Byron.
The club has been able to attract over $636,000 in government grants over the past two years, but is still short of the $1.5 million required to complete the build. The club raised a further $49,000 through a raffle, drawn in October 2022, supported by dozens of local businesses.
The Smiths are joined by six other local families and businesses who have also donated $20,000 each to the BBFC First 11 Foundation Members program, raising a further $140,000 towards the build.
‘Byron Bay FC has served this community for 60 years and is such an important part of the fabric of Byron Bay, said Smith. ‘I’m so happy to be able to give back to a club that has given me and my family so many great memories and continues to be a meeting place for so many locals.’
Other donors to the BBFC First 11 Foundation Members program include: Grant and Natalie Moffit, Byron Bay Services Club, Mark Sims and Hollie Croke, Norm and Fiona Black from TripADeal, Craig Thomas and Local Pegs, and Stone and Wood Brewery.
The club is still looking for four more generous locals to join this list of legends – to help realise their dream. If you can help, please contact Clint at [email protected]