Club Contact Details


Email: The Secretary (Kylie Gryzbek)

Lara Recreation Reserve
10 Alkara Ave
Lara  VIC  3212

PO Box 503
Lara  VIC  3212

2019 Executive Committee

President: Aaron Pettman, pictured below with better half, wife Kamala. 

Third term as President of our club, former professional player, soccer dad to Alanah & Mason with Mya possibly to come.
PH: 0466 888 304

President's role:
to act as official club representative for all public, government, association & federation requirements;
to conduct & chair executive meetings & any other meetings as required;
ultimate facilitator for conflict resolution where required;
liaise with City of Greater Geelong & Lara Sporting Club as required;
drive the club vision & growth in accordance with the soccer blueprint & strategic plan;
listed contact for GRFC correspondence & attends monthly meetings.

President  Aaron

Secretary: Kylie Gryzbek

Second term as Secretary, also one of our local councillors, soccer mum to Cody (U15s) & Jett (U13s).
Married to Junior VP & Sponsorship Co-ordinator, Paul Gryzbek.
PH: 0488 889 618

Secretary's role:
first point of contact for the club - respond to all enquiries received;
manages all required documents to ensure the club runs effectively & that relevant information is passed on to  as required;
main point of contact for committee;
club communications to members;
listed contact for FV (Football Victoria) correspondence / phone calls;
support Treasurer & Registrar with registrations as required;
manage club correspondence / relationships with club sponsors.

Secretary  Kylie

Treasurer: Judy Hill

First term as Treasurer after stepping in part way through Season 2017. Soccer mum to Jordie (U13s) & Mollie (U16s & U7 girls coach). Married to groundskeeper Hillie, (Adam) & club sponsor.

PH: 0402 469 243

Treasurer's role:
manage the club finances - monies in & out including recording in accounting system & audit trail, budgets, fees;
approve payment plans as required by members;
co-ordinate payment of referee fees each week of the season as applicable;
report back to committee monthly on financial position;
report back to members & ASIC annually on financial position;
assist Registrar with registrations including unpaid fees, registration approval, changes etc.

Treasurer  Judy

2019 General Committee

Senior Vice President: Joe Lawrence

Joe (left below) is a current player for our State League Men & former captain of Local Div 1 Men's team.

Senior VP duties:
co-ordinate & manage decisions on day to day / season operations;
sit on sub-committees as required;
correspond with potential new senior members;
Joe will also be working with Bec as our male champion of change as part of the Barwon Gamechanger Project.

S Nr VP  Joe

Junior Vice President: Paul Gryzbek

Married to Secretary, Kylie.  Soccer dad to Cody (U15) & Jett (U13).
Also our sponsorship guru.
PH: 0438 697 696

Junior VP duties:
co-ordinate & manage decisions on day to day / season operations;
sit on sub-committees as required;
correspond with potential new junior members & their families;
work with junior technical directors

Sponsorship Co-ordinator duties:
maintain relationships & communication with existing & potential sponsors;
contact current sponsors at season beginning, middle & thank you at end of season;
source potential new sponsorship opportunities & sponsors;

Jnr VP  Paul

Miniroos Co-ordinator & General Committee: Linda Tigani

Miniroos co-ordinator for the past 3 seasons, looking to hand over the reigns for Season 2020 as her boys are all now past that age.
Soccer mum to Dylan (DT - U17s); Lachlan (U14s) & James (U12s).
Hubby Gino's business Armour Security provides the club's security system & is a club sponsor.
Also our canteen co-ordinator, the hostess with the mostess, looking forward to our beautiful new canteen facility in 2019.
PH: 0418 584 349

Miniroos Co-ordinator duties:
attend miniroo northern hub meetings as required throughout the year - liaise with committee;
set dates for Lara United FC to host miniroos galas in consultation with committee,
focal point for all miniroos enquiries & miniroos coaches;
co-ordinate miniroos galas hosted at Lara United FC, including pitch layout, receival, storage & set up of equipment provided by hub, co-ordinate volunteer roster.

Canteen Co-ordinator duties:
ensure canteen is stocked as required for home games;
pricing & price lists

Miniroos  Coordinator  Linda

General Committee: Bec Horrocks

Club legend, life member, Bec, along with hubby ,former club president & newest club life member Tony has been instrumental in getting Lara United FC to where it is today.
After a year off the committee Bec is back to guide us with her wisdom.
Bec plays a large role in assisting Tony our head senior women's coach with the women's teams.
All general committee members attend monthly committee meetings & help out as required with whatever is needed to keep things running.
In 2019 Bec will be organising the playing kits, assisting with senior fundraising events & will be our female champion of change for the Barwon Gamechanger Project.

Commitee  Bec

General Committee: Michelle Harvey

Pictured here with her fundraising teammate Pam, Michelle (right) is joining the committee for the first time but has always been a great volunteer around our club, cooking in the canteen, at miniroos galas, team managing, organising coaches kits & organising club fundraising.
Soccer mum to Jade & Taz (U13s) & hubby Andrew is one of our junior coaches.
All general committee members attend monthly committee meetings & help out as required with whatever is needed to keep things running.
Michelle will continue to work with Pam to fundraise in 2019 & has already been investigating new ideas in the off season.

Committee  Michelle

Club Registrar: Hayley Leach

Our club registrar has the important role of making sure every single player is registered correctly with both the club and the association - this must be in order before any player takes the pitch. 
This role is hectic at the start of each season but is also ongoing throughout the year as players need to change registration levels etc.

Some words from Hayley below:-

My family is fairly new to Lara United FC, with my 9yo son, Harry, only joining the Miniroos last year. He is soccer-mad so am thinking I’m probably in, to be a “Soccer-Mum”, for the long haul!

 I have loved being “Mum to a Miniroo” and coming along and supporting the club, but I am really excited to be coming on board as the Club Registrar and looking forward to meeting lots of our families at Lara United FC.


2019 Player Representatives

Senior Men: Daniel Pickles

Senior Women: Sam King

Daniel & Sam will be a conduit between the senior men & women's playing groups & the committee for Season 2019.  Thanks to them both for stepping up into these roles.

Players reps

State League Men Head Coaches

Head Coach: Jonathon "Jonno" Perez (pictured below, right)

Reserves Coach: Eric Lawrence (pictured below, left)

Lara United FC is pleased to announce the appointments of Jonno Perez and Eric Lawrence as the State League Senior Men’s and Reserve’s coaches for the 2019 season. 

Jonno Perez is an experienced leader having spent time coaching senior men’s football at both Deakin and Barwon before taking on an assistant coaching role at Lara United. After seeing Jonno successfully take the helm as head coach for the last four games of the 2018 season we’re confident that he is the right man to take the club forward. 

Having played senior men’s football in both State League 4 and State League 5, Eric Lawrence is excited to take on his first coaching role as the reserve’s coach for 2019. Eric began his career playing junior football for Lara before moving to Bell Park, breaking into the senior team at the age of 15. Eric enjoyed a further 10 years at Bell Park before returning home to Lara United. 

It is important for the club to establish a strong coaching program that can best leverage our young and ambitious playing group. Jonno and Eric’s passion for building the club culture, developing youth through the junior program, and ability to unite the playing group towards a common purpose have us excited for the 2019 season. 

Mens  Seniors  Coaches 

Senior Womens' Coaching Team

Head Coach: Tony Horrocks (pictured below, middle)

Assistant Coach: Ivan Kovacev (pictured below, left)

Division 1 Women's Coach : Ryan Horrocks (pictured below, right)

Tony Paul Horrocks returns as our Head Women’s coach for his seventh season. Tony has coached senior women since 2009, moving from Ballarat to take on the role of senior women’s coach here at Lara United when we first entered the State League competition in 2012. This year he will once again manage our senior girls as they take on Statue League 2, after finishing in third place in the competition last season. He will continue to be ably assisted by Ivan Kovacev, who has been working with Tony for the past decade, coaching in a variety of competitions from Country Championships to Victorian Champions League and the Women’s State League. We are pleased to see Ivan is making a slow but steady recovery after his skiing accident at the end of last season and are glad to have him back with us at Lara United.

Our local women had a fantastic first season back in the Geelong competition last year under first time senior coach Ryan Horrocks. The girls’ success sees them promoted to Division One this year and they will take this on under Ryan’s guidance. Ryan coached junior girls at Lara United for five years prior to taking on the role of coach to the senior women in their return to the local league after a six year absence from the competition. This will be Ryan’s first year as a Division 1 coach.

The three coaches remain a popular team with the Lara United senior girls, with both teams seeing the return of more past players this season, and all are looking forward to another positive and successful season.

Womens  Coaching  Team

State League Men Assistant Coaches

Assistant Senior Men: Leo Volpe (pictured below, right)

Assistant Reserve Men: Jean-Paul Lavigne (pictured below, left)

Lara United FC is pleased to announce the appointments of Leonardo Volpe and Jean-Paul Lavigne as the State League Assistant Senior Men’s and Assistant Reserve’s coaches for the 2019 season. It’s exciting to see such a strong coaching group established with such passion for the club and the technical experience to take our playing group to the next level. 

Leonardo Volpe has been involved in the sport since he was 8 years old, anyone that has spoken to him around the club will have seen the enormous passion that he has for the game. Leo has coached his sons Peter and Sam at Bell Park and more recently Lara United, guiding our 2017 under 17’s team to a final. With Peter and Sam set to play an instrumental role in the upcoming season Leo can’t wait to put his experience to work and help the team achieve its goals.

After coaching the local league side in the 2018 season Jean-Paul Lavinge is relishing the challenge of stepping into the State League coaching setup. Jean-Paul has played junior and senior football for Lara United and his ability to build a club culture that the players want to be a part of makes him a huge asset to any team.

Mens  Reserves  Coaches

Division One Men's Coach

We are very excited to have Jean-Paul Lavigne return for the 2019 season as our Local Senior Men's coach.

Jean-Paul did an excellent job with the playing group last year that saw a number of players progress into our State League system.

More information about training nights to come.

Good luck for the season!


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